FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) has launched a new Songwriter Development Program. It offers $2,000 subsidies for professional songwriters, to go toward a year of various songwriting initiatives, such as travel for co-writing sessions, songwriting camps and workshops, and eligible showcases.

The program has a rolling deadline, which allows applicants to apply at any point in the calendar year. Applications must be submitted at least one calendar day before travel departure, and are being accepted as of April 1, 2020.

For more information, or to apply, click here.



SOCAN has announced the resignation of Eric Baptiste as the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Jennifer Brown, Senior Vice President Operation & Reproduction Rights, has been appointed to the role of Interim CEO during the formal process of identifying a permanent CEO.

“We thank Eric Baptiste for his leadership over the past 10 years,” said Marc Ouellette, President & Chair of SOCAN’s Board of Directors. “During this time, SOCAN has seen growth and has maintained its presence as a leader in serving music creators and publishers in Canada and around the world.”

With the end of the current CEO contract approaching, Eric thought it was time to move on and a mutual decision was reached with the Board to end his tenure now.

Jennifer Brown has been on SOCAN’s executive team for nearly 10 years. She was previously Vice President of the company’s Licensing department and has worked with the company for more than two decades.

SOCAN will continue to serve its members as a not-for-profit organization, as well as its initiatives in rights management, licensing, advocacy, and support for the music and entertainment industry.

The decision is purely coincidental to the current COVID-19 crisis, and the Board of Directors has full faith in SOCAN’s executive management team. The organization continues to operate at full capacity.



In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN continues to conduct video interviews with our members – now online via meeting apps – in our new video series, “Staying Home with…” Up first, Jessie Reyez.

In a wide-ranging online video interview with SOCAN just after the release of her debut album Before Love Came to Kill Us (out March 27,  it’s already the top female debut album and top R&B debut album of 2020 so far, with more than 350 million global streams), Jessie Reyez talks about life in lockdown, opening two dates on the now-cancelled Billie Eilish tour, mortality, unrequited love, her new sobriety, and how someone with trust issues writes and releases vulnerable songs. Also, how one particular scene in the movie Goodfellas encapsulates the entire spirit of the album.