For the third consecutive year, the SOCAN Foundation has awarded five cash prizes of $5,000 each to young music creators from across the country, aged 21 or less, who won its Young Canadian Songwriters Award, sponsored by Sirius XM.

“The Young Canadian Songwriter Awards are made possible with our ongoing partnership with SiriusXM Canada, which has allowed for the opportunity to celebrate, empower, and identify the next generation of songwriters in Canada,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “All award recipients are ‘ones to watch’ as they evolve in their careers, and contribute to advancing Canadian music.”

We wish to congratulate the following winners:

  • Zamani Millar, for “Sway the World”
  • Chiamaka Azubuike, for “Ceilings”
  • Madison Maria, for “Closer”
  • Olivia Lunny, for “Bedsheets”
  • Mélissa Doyon, for “Chaque fois”

The jury was composed of renowned songwriters from various musical horizons (Melissa Laveaux, Ewan Currie, Mike Clay, Rose Cousins, and Kayo), who together reviewed each of the 200 entries to find the candidates who stood out the most for the quality of their songwriting. It’s worth noting that all of the winners are young women.

“It was a pleasure to bear witness to the high calibre of Canada’s next wave of young songwriters,” said juror Ewan Currie, frontman of The Sheepdogs.

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.