The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has launched a new Spotlight Award that will be given annually to a song and its songwriter(s) from a country other than the U.S. The inaugural award, presented by the ISC and SOCAN, will be presented in 2021 to a Canadian song, and its songwriter(s). All Canadians who are members of SOCAN are eligible for this award, to be presented in addition to all the other winners honored in the overall ISC competition.

The winner will be selected by ISC, and will be awarded a prize package consisting of studio recording time at the renowned Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee (just outside Nashville), with one week of lodging at SOCAN Nashville House, and a travel grant from the SOCAN Foundation.

Now in its 20th year, the ISC was created to recognize great songwriters and to provide a valuable platform for them to be heard by the music industry and public alike. The competition is open to both professional and amateur songwriters. A total of 71 winners in 23 genre categories share more than $225,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 U.S. cash, and more. Previous winners have included Jane Siberry, Vance Joy, Faouzia, Sam Roberts, Tenille Townes, The Trews, and many more.

To learn more, click here; to submit your song(s), click here.

Nearly 100 SOCAN Awards in 22 categories will be presented to the incredible work of Québec’s songwriters, composers, and music publishers in 2020 at the 32nd annual SOCAN Gala.

Special presentations to winners will be published throughout the week on social media, and on a dedicated website at Follow @socanmusique on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#GALASOCAN) to join in the week-long celebration of winners, whose work reflects an extraordinary year.

“The year 2020 showed all of us just how valuable and powerful music can be,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “The past 18 months reminded us of the deep connection we have with music and the huge role it plays in our mental and emotional health. We all owe a debt of gratitude to SOCAN member songwriters and composers for their extraordinary talent. Our members are at the heart of SOCAN’s mission: we succeed when they succeed, and we’re proud to pay homage to their amazing accomplishments with the 2021 SOCAN Gala.”

SOCAN Special Achievement Winners:

  • Kaytranada had a brilliant year in the wake of the success of his album Bubba, which won two Grammys and a JUNO Award, and he now earns the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award.
  • Cristobal Tapia de Veer has established himself as a go-to screen composer of international stature. After a second nomination at the BAFTAs in London and the success of the TV series White Lotus (HBO) and Hunters (Prime Video), he wins the SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award.
  • Steve Marin is the creative mastermind behind the success of duo 2Frères, and his success showed no sign of slowing down in 2020. He earns the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Non-Performer Award for the second time in three years.
  • Bloc Notes Music Publishing is this year’s winner of the SOCAN Music Publisher of the Year Award for their commitment to supporting music creators on their road to success.
  • Simon Rosen is Québec’s treasure in music production, and his international career continues to grow, as proven in collaborations with Selena Gomez, Khalid, and Swae Lee, among many others. He’s the winner of this year’s SOCAN International Award.

Other SOCAN Awards presented:

  • SOCAN Breakout AwardChiiild. Rarely has a musical project from Québec had such a smashing introduction by generating immediate interest South of the border.
  • SOCAN Country Music AwardCindy Bédard. For a remarkable year in 2020, following Bédard’s release of her album Après l’orage at the onset of the pandemic.
  • SOCAN Electronic Music AwardCRi and Apashe. This year’s Electronic Music Award is a tie between two deserving artists: CRi for the magnificent album Juvenile comprising all-Québec-based collaborations; and Apashe, the Montréal-based sensation who has been turning heads all over the world thanks to the bold and uncompromising fusion of symphonic and electronic music on his album, Renaissance.
  • SOCAN Hip-Hop/Rap Music AwardShreez. With his album On Frap, Shreez quickly made a name for himself on the Québec rap scene by introducing “drill style” to a growing audience.
  • SOCAN Licensed To Play Award for ongoing commitment to supporting fair music licensing – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles. Thanks to their boundless energy, extraordinary resourcefulness, and uncompromising respect for the rights of creators, the team at L’Anti, in Québec City, was able to thumb its nose at the pandemic with multiple licensed online initiatives so that artists can continue to meet their audiences.
  • Hagood Hardy AwardEmie R. Roussel Trio. The Hagood Hardy Music Award for jazz, instrumental, and world music, couldn’t come at a better time for the three-piece band, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fifth album, Rythme de passage, which earned them, among other things, a JUNO nomination and a warm welcome here and abroad.
  • Jan V. Matejcek Award for New Classical Music – Roxanne Turcotte. A well-known figure on Québec’s electro-acoustic music scene for several decades, Roxanne Turcotte is involved in many projects, and is committed to educating the younger generation about unusual sounds unaffected by trends. The Jan V. Matejcek Award for New Classical Music highlights the respect she’s earned from her peers.
  • The SOCAN Viral Music Award is given to the most popular music on streaming sites, without the help of radio broadcasting. This year’s recipient is Lubalin, who virtually broke TikTok in 2020 thanks to his offbeat musical creations inspired by social media comments.

Popular Song Awards:

The Francophone Popular Song Awards are given to the creators and publishers of the 10 most played songs in 2020:

  • “L’Amérique pleure” and “Sur mon épaule” performed by Les Cowboys Fringants, written by Jean-François Pauzé, Jérôme Dupras, Marie-Annick Lépine, (published by Les Éditions de La Tribu, Éditions JFP inc.)
  • “À tous les vents” and “Faut qu’j’y aille,” performed by 2Frères, written by Steve Marin, Gautier Marinof, Erik Caouette, Sonny Caouette (Éditions Marcha, Éditions du Baume, Les Éditions ESC S.E.N.C.)
  • “Le paradis,” performed by Kaïn, written by Steve Veilleux (Éditions Musicor, Productions Pop Culture inc, Les Productions Martin Leclerc publishers)
  • “Figé dans le temps,” performed by Ludovick Bourgeois, written by Jeffrey Piton, Pamela Lajoie, Patrick Donovan (Artifice inc.)
  • “Je (wild & free),” performed by King Melrose, written by Sébastien Côté, Sylvain Michel, Toby Gendron (Les Éditions Cent Noms, Éditions Art Illimité)
  • “Sunshine (v.f.),” performed by SOMMM, Clay & Friends, Ruffsound, written by Étienne Dupuis Cloutier, Émile Desilets, Adel Kazi Aoual, Clément Langlois Légaré, Michael Mlakar, Ariane Moffatt, Marc Vincent (Bloc Notes Music Publishing, Éditions Mo Fat)
  • “La grande évasion,” performed and written by Patrice Michaud
  • “Aime-moi encore,” performed by Roxane Bruneau, written by Roxane Bruneau, Mathieu Brisset (Les Éditions Musique Variole enr.)

Anglophone Popular Song Awards were presented to the creators and publishers of “Passive Agressive,” performed by Charlotte Cardin, written by Charlotte Cardin, Jason Bra of ndo O’Farrell Ciciola, Marc-André Gilbert, Connor Seidel (Éditions Big Boy, Productions Éléphant inc., Red Brick Music Publishing); and “Getcha,” performed by Matt Lang, written by Mathieu Langevin, Tebey Ottoh, Danick Dupelle, Kelly Anne Archer (Downtown Music Publishing).

Film and Television Awards:

  • Composer Anthony Rozankovic and his publisher Cinéflix Média inc. won a SOCAN Award in the category National Television Music, Drama or Series for their work on the program Mayday; composer Scott Price and his publishers Les Éditions edi-Sprice Enrg. and Gestion Juste pour Rire inc. won a SOCAN Award in the category Fiction or Drama Series – Comedy for their work on the program Les Gags; Raymond Fabi’s music for the animated children’s series Arthur earned him and his publishers Les Éditions de la Rue Saint-André inc., Éditions Anthem Jar of Cookies and Anthem Film and TV the SOCAN Award in the Children’s Program category; and Jean-Phi Goncalves and his publisher Télé Métropole inc. received the SOCAN Award in the Variety or Public Affairs Program category for his music for the program “Le Tricheur.”
  • Rudy Toussaint and his publishers Intermède Tiger Music, Éditions Marie-Claire and Éditions How It’s Made won the SOCAN Award in the Television Music – International category for the music of the program How It’s Made, while Cristobal Tapia de Veer wins in the same category for his work on the series “Hunters”; the SOCAN Award for Film Music was given to James Gelfand and Louise Tremblay for their work on the film Sisterhood, directed by Jean-François Rivard; while the SOCAN Award for Most Streamed Production went to composers Eduardo Noya Schreus and Ashley Erin Long and publisher Serendipity Point Films inc. for their work on the film Below Her Mouth.

The complete list of winners and further details can be found at 2021 Gala SOCAN.

SOCAN Achievement Award winners are determined collaboratively by the SOCAN Board of Directors’ Membership Committee and the leaders of SOCAN’s Membership department. General SOCAN Awards are determined strictly by royalties success in their musical genres.

SOCAN Achievement award winners receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only industry trophy that’s also a musical instrument. The five crotales that make up the trophy are made by SABIAN, the world-renowned, New Brunswick-based manufacturer of percussion instruments.

The annual SOCAN Awards, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN’s Anglophone members, was held in a similar online event in May of this year.

Music fans can support creators and publishers by making a donation to the SOCAN Gala’s charitable partners, the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation, both of which support music industry workers and music creators in their personal lives and careers.

SOCAN members Jully Black, Bruce Cockburn, and the late Salome Bey will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and SOCAN member Serena Ryder will receive the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour, at Toronto’s Beanfield Centre on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, with a broadcast drawn from the event to air later in December on CTV.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to speak, to express, and to represent every little Black boy and girl who looked out and didn’t see someone who looked like them on television, or heard them on the radio, or seen them in film and TV, or saw them teaching in schools,” said Jully Black on learning of her induction.

“Being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame feels to me like an excuse for a party,” joked Bruce Cockburn. “It feels wonderful. When I first heard the news, I was very excited. I was like, ‘What? Me?’”

At the 2021 awards show – the 23rd annual edition of the event – the other seven Walk of Fame inductees are:

  • Ajay Virmani (Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy) – Trailblazing between the streets and the sky, he became the Founder and CEO of Canada’s largest cargo airline, Cargojet, which has completed over 200 flights from China and other nations, bringing much needed PPE supplies for Canadians, and committed $3 million to healthcare initiatives and social justice causes.
  • Bret “The Hitman” Hart (Sports and Athletics) – A true champion and one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
  • Damian Warner (Sports and Athletics) – Fresh from his dominating performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and winning Canada’s first gold medal in the decathlon, Damian Warner has taken his place as the greatest athlete on the world stage.
  • Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod, and James Collip (Science, Technology, and Innovation) – The team that saved 300 Million lives and counting with the discovery of insulin.
  • Graham Greene (Arts & Entertainment) – One of Canada’s most beloved and iconic actors, an Academy Award nominee who’s had principal roles in Dances with Wolves, The Green Mile, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Transamerica, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
  • Keanu Reeves (Arts & Entertainment) – A global star and legendary actor, producer, and director, who’s entertained audiences worldwide for more than three decades, fronting blockbuster franchises like The Matrix and John Wick.
  • Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Humanitarianism) – a celebrated advocate for human rights, who’s dedicated his life to eradicating the use of child soldiers.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will receive the new National Hero Honour, presented by Canada’s Walk of Fame to an individual whose selflessness, dedicated efforts, and outstanding contributions have made a significant difference in our society. As a star player with the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs, Duvernay-Tardif made international headlines as the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season, as he deferred his $2.75 million salary to join the front-line pandemic efforts in his hometown of Montréal.

SOCAN members previously honoured by Canada’s Walk of Fame include Drake, the late Leonard Cohen, Andy Kim, Col. Chris Hadfield, the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, Michael Bublé, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Nickelback, and kd lang.