SOCAN is pleased to welcome Gagan Singh as A&R Executive, Film/TV & Visual Media, a new role created to focus on the development of our screen composer members.

In his new role, Singh will work to strengthen relationships with screen composers, along with film/television music ecosystem influencers, both in Canada and globally. He’ll meet with screen composers to support their needs from business and creative perspectives, alongside the Film/TV Account Executive team in Membership.

Singh is already working to develop workshops and education initiatives that will benefit and expand the knowledge areas of trends and best practices among the emerging screen composer community. He also serves as a strategic liaison between composers and industry associations.

Gagan is a successful composer, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC), so he has a first-hand understanding of the challenges and interests of screen composers. He’s dedicated his career to the craft of music for media, and has a proven track record in many facets of music production, voice directing, and delivering high-quality content to various clients. Gagan also has a tremendous understanding of Canada’s multi-cultural and pluralist musical landscapes, and serves as co-chair of SCGC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

He comes to SOCAN from the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC), where he served as Assistant Director of Special Projects, working alongside the Executive Director to foster and grow their songwriter mentorship programs. This allowed him to further develop programming for emerging and established members of SAC.

Before joining the SAC, he was at Hard Music Group, a Sony Music-affiliated publisher, working as Product Manager, overseeing all aspects of production schedules for album releases and projects.

Singh has garnered a lot of success as a composer, receiving honours from the New York International Film Awards, LEO Awards, and Durham Film Festival, among others. He holds a B.A. as a Specialist, Arts Managers, Music & Media, from the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame was pleased to welcome four talented emerging songwriters to its three-day 2021 Incubator Program, held online from Nov. 17-19, 2021. The program consisted of former participants of SOCAN Foundation’s TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship program.

It was an exciting three days for T. Thomason, GRAE, Nuela Charles, and Charmie Deller, as they participated in mini-information sessions with industry professionals, a SOCAN Song Camp, and a listening party with a panel discussion.

The songwriters started the program with a full day of 101 sessions with various industry experts at Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Indie88 Toronto, Sony Music Canada, and Music Publishers Canada.

Day Two was filled with song camps curated by SOCAN’s A&R creative team. Each songwriter ended the day with a new song, after collaborating with some of the participating songwriters and producers: Nick Mete, Emily Persich, Caleb Jacob, Sam Woywitka, Umair Ali, Electric Neon Clouds, Michelle Treacy, Tony Range, and Michelle Pereira.

Finally, each of the songwriters shared their song from the camp, along with an unreleased one of their choice, to a panel of industry professionals, for feedback and an open discussion. Among the panelists were singer-songwriters Jenson Vaughan, Lowell, and Savannah Ré, as well as Cheryl Link (Senior Creative Director, peermusic) and Melissa Emert-Hutner (VP of Creative, Kobalt).

The program was a great success, and the CSHF is excited to see where the songwriting careers of the residents end up.

Anachnid’s emotion was visible when her name was called by Elisapie Isaac as the recipient of the Félix Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year at the ADISQ Gala on Nov. 7, 2021. The Oji-Cree artist won for his first album, Dreamweaver, where she amalgamates electro, indie pop, soul, and trap. It’s an album that’s far from Indigenous musical tradition, and which defies reflexive pigeonholing.

Interviewed by Paroles &  Musique Editor Eric Parazelli, she shares her pride in being accepted by the Québec music industry, and reveals her favourite themes and sonic research, and analyzes how her music is perceived by both the non-Aboriginal public and her own community. As a bonus, she also explains how she learned to sing with wolves!

(Originally posted in November 2021)