SOCAN members and other songwriters and composers are invited to enter their songs for the 2020 International Songwriting Contest (ISC). The submission fee is usually $30 USD per song, but is being offered from Dec. 18, 2019 to January 8, 2020, at a “stocking stuffer” discount rate of $25 USD per song.

In this 19th annual edition of the contest, the ISC will give away more than $150,000 USD in cash and prizes (shared among the 71 winners), including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 cash and much more in prizes. In 2019, the ISC drew more than 15,000 entries from more than 130 countries.

Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, the ISC offers 23 categories within which applicants can enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners include Grammy winners, chart-topping artists and amateur songwriters, including Bastille, Vance Joy, Gotye, The Band Perry, Passenger, and Missy Higgins.

You can enter online or through the mail. For more information, visit the ISC website; to enter your songs, visit the ISC 2020 submissions page.



SOCAN was pleased and proud to attend Our Night: The First Annual Tegan and Sara Foundation Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in the performance space of the Warner Music Group offices in Los Angeles. SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy, Director, A&R, and Camille Mathews, Los Angeles A&R Representative,  attended on behalf of SOCAN.

The night included a DJ Set by Samantha Ronson, comedy by Cameron Esposito, and an acoustic performance by Tegan and Sara themselves. While attending, Murphy and Mathews connected with Tegan and Sara’s managers, Nick Blasko and Piers Henwood. Other attendees included Drew Scott, the star of HGTV’s Property Brothers, and Chris Taylor, the Global President of Music at eOne Entertainment. We took the opportunity to let them know about SOCAN’s involvement in the Los Angeles music scene, and our dedication to providing continuous support for our members.

Proceeds from the event went to support Camp Brave Trails, a leadership summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, ages 12-18, located in California and Maryland. A few past campers and counselors offered testimonials about how much of a positive impact the camp has had on their lives.

The Tegan and Sara Foundation fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ+ girls and women. This mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social, and gender justice. In partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, the Foundation raises awareness and funds to address the inequalities currently preventing LGBTQ+ girls and women from reaching their full potential.