As a singer-songwriter, radio host, and respected member of the music world, Jim Corcoran has fully earned his place in the hearts of Québecers. Corcoran is well known for his unconditional love of the French language, and he’s always saluted his peers in the Francophone music universe throughout his career; at the 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards, it was our turn to salute him. Here’s an exclusive interview with Corcoran, as well as a few snippets from his acceptance speech during the 2018 SOCAN Montréal Gala.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as part of CISAC delegation, to discuss global challenges of creators. Baptiste, who’s also the Board Chairperson of CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), joined the organization’s President, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Director General, Gadi Oron, to meet with Guterres in New York City on Oct. 8, 2018.

The meeting focused on CISAC’s global role in promoting economic and cultural development, and the power of creators as an engine for economic growth. The group also addressed the need for increased protections for creators in the digital market, especially since the challenges of the digital world, have created a pressing need for solutions at a global level. The meeting explored ways in which UN institutions can put greater focus on the promotion of creators’ rights and interests online, and how creators’ protections can be integrated into the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Another area of exploration was how CISAC can contribute to the goals related to work and economic growth, and promote inclusive and sustainable innovation technology.

Renée Martel earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala. Here is a short excerpt of the evening and an exclusive interview with the Grand Dame of Québec country music. To a woman whose music still resonates in the hearts of her passionate admirers – as well as the new generation of artists who consider her as a source of inspiration and a model of longevity – thank you for giving us nothing short of excellence. In this interview, granted immediately after receiving her award, she tells us about her privileged relationship with the Québec audience, and the hardships she’s lived through while trying to balance her professional and family life.