Want to get to know some of our 2021 SOCAN Award winners a little better?

Then click here and scroll down to check out some short video interviews with concert music and opera composer Ian Cusson; R&B/rap/pop singer-songwriter Harm Franklin; country singer and songsmith Madeline Merlo; teen pop phenomenon and songwriting force Tate McRae; and internationally successful singer-songwriter Lido Pimienta with Cheryl Link, Senior Creative Director of Pimienta’s publisher, peermusic Canada.

Ian Cusson (winner of the Jan V. Matejcek Award) discusses his composing throughout 2020, his work on diversity at the Banff Centre for the Arts, how he first discovered opera, and his very collaborative music-writing process.

Harm Franklin (winner of a Viral Song Award, for “Stunnin’”) talks about how he co-wrote the SOCAN Award-winning song, celebrated his success with another song, “Last Year,” and plans to mix Punjabi with English as he moves forward.

Tate McRae (winner of the Breakout Songwriter of the Year Award, and a Pop Music Award for “You Broke Me First”), the billion-streaming singer-songwriter, tells us how she co-wrote her breakthrough song, how her writing process works,  and how she retains control of her career.

Madeline Merlo (winner of a Country Music Award for “Champagne Night”) tells the amazing Cinderella story of how co-writing the SOCAN Award-winning song completely changed her life.

Lido Pimienta (winner of the Hagood Hardy Award for Global Music) with Cheryl Link of peermusic Canada inc. (which won the Publisher of the Year Award), discuss how they work together to discover and leverage opportunities to further the songwriter’s career.

Congratulations once again to all of these 2021 SOCAN Award winners!