For the fourth consecutive year, the SOCAN Foundation has awarded five cash prizes of $5,000 each to five young music creators from across the country who’ve  won its Young Canadian Songwriters Award, sponsored by Sirius XM.

“Our collaboration with SiriusXM Canada allows us to continue to offer this award to our young music creators,” said SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews. “Once again this year, we’re pleased to be able to shine a light on Canada’s next generation of songwriters, and provide them with financial support at a critical time in their careers.”

SOCAN and SOLCAN Foundation congratulate the following winners:

  • Maggie Andrew, for “Honda Civic”
  • Two Tiime, for “Hood Cry”
  • Angel Baribeau, for “Love is Up the River”
  • Leah Marlene, for “Spacesuit”
  • Jessica Spurrell, for “Bury Me”

Once again this year, the jury was composed of renowned songwriters from various musical horizons (T. Thomason, Josh Sahunta, Viviane Roy, Andreena Mill, and Rymz), who together sifted through hundreds of entries to find the candidates whose writing and composition stood out the most. This year, the diversity of musical styles was better than ever.

“I was impressed to hear so many young, talented writers taking a step to stand in their own creativity, pulling their musical and cultural influences to the forefront,” said juror Andreena Mill, a.k.a. The BLK LT$. “Standing outside of the box, this new generation is reminding the world why Canada continues to create stars! So proud of everyone who submitted.”

For more information on SOCAN Foundation award winners, click here. The registration deadlines for the 2021 SOCAN Foundation Awards will be posted on the organization’s website in the early months of 2021.

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its full list of nominees for the 2021 CCMA Awards, and The Reklaws are leading the race with six nominations.

Following closely behind, with five nominations apiece, are Lindsay Ell, Brett Kissel, and  Dallas Smith, while MacKenzie Porter, Tenille Townes, Jess Moskaluke, Dean Brody, and Tyler Joe Miller have each earned four, and High Valley have earned a trio of nominations.

The nominees for Songwriters of the Year are:

  • Patricia Conroy, Ester Dean, Andrew DeRoberts, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Shane McAnally, Madeline Merlo, Tina Parol, Hillary Scott, Ryan Tedder, and Dave “Dwave” Thomson, for “Champagne Night,” performed by Lady A
  • Tenille Townes, Marc Beeson, and Daniel Tashian, for “Come As You Are,” performed by Tenille Townes
  • Aaron Goodvin, Ed Hill, and Jimmy Ritchey for “Every Time You Take Your Time,” performed by Aaron Goodvin
  • Lindsay Ell, Sam Ellis, and Micah Premnath, for “Good on You,” performed by Lindsay Ell
  • Jess Moskaluke, Zach Abend, and Liz Rose, for “Mapdot,” performed by Jess Moskaluke

The Entertainer of the Year Award will see Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, and Dallas Smith vie for the honour.

Nominees for the Amazon Music and Alkexa Fans’ Choice Award are Tenille Arts, Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Tyler Joe Miller, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith, and Tenille Townes.

This year’s CCMA Awards will be broadcast from London, Ontario, on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. For more about the nominations, click here.

In December of 2021, U.K. music rights organization PRS for Music will be distributing royalties from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe for music used in all games downloaded from the Sony PlayStation Store, during 2018 and 2019, in the U.K. and specific European territories.

If you know that your music was used in this way during 2018 and 2019 in the following countries, then we need your help to get your royalties: U.K., Republic of Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.*

PRS has created two reference lists: Games With Cue Sheets and Games Without Cue Sheets. Please look through both lists to confirm if your music has been used in any of the games. Use the provided Production ID and Production Title to complete the attached cue sheet (you can use one cue sheet for multiple games). Send the completed cue sheet(s) to by Oct. 4, with “PlayStation” in the subject line, and SOCAN will make the claim on your behalf.

* PRS for Music will only be distributing royalties for the applicable territories according to the sister-society mandates for the PRS agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, applicable only for 2018-2019 dates for downloads in the specified territories.