SOCAN member Kelly Archer won two 2018 BMI Country Music Awards at the 66th annual ceremony, held at the company’s office in Nashville, on Nov. 13, 2018. Archer earned one honour for co-writing “For Her” with Sarah Buxton. The song is published by Big Loud Proud Crowd, Bux Tone Music, Downtown DMP Songs, Round Hill Works, and Stars and Stripes and Maple Leaf Music. The other went to Archer and her fellow SOCAN member Tebey (Ottoh) for co-writing “Somebody Else Will,” which is published by BMG Platinum Songs U.S., Downtown DMP Songs, Songs for Elle, and Stars and Stripes and Maple Leaf Music.

The night before, on Nov. 12, 2018, ASCAP presented its 56th Annual Country Music Awards in downtown Nashville. SOCAN member Gordie Sampson won for co-writing “God, Your Mama, And Me” with Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey. The song, recorded by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Backstreet Boys, is published by BMG Gold Songs, Big Yellow Dog Music, Champagne Whiskey Publishing, and Rezonant Music. Sampson’s fellow SOCAN member Steven Lee Olsen also won, for co-writing “More Girls Like You,” with David Garcia and Kip Moore. The song, recorded by Moore, is published by Cornman Music, D Soul Music, Point Break Publishing, Universal Music Corporation, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.

SOCAN congratulates our winners for these international achievements!

Ally Sou, Poesy, Steph Copeland

Ally Sou, Poesy, Steph Copeland

In January of 2019, SOCAN is re-launching its “Song Camp Mondays” initiative, whereby SOCAN members are chosen to participate in a three-person, one-day writing session in the Sound Lounge at the SOCAN Toronto office, or those Sound Lounges at our new offices in either Vancouver, or – for the first time – Los Angeles.

Three applicants, who must be SOCAN members, will be selected at random, to come in for a co-writing session, which will be held at least once a month. SOCAN members can apply right now, here, for sessions that start in January 2019. Submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.

“Song Camp Mondays” are designed to help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible.

“It was an absolute pleasure participating in SOCAN’s Song Camp Mondays, meeting and working with brilliantly talented songwriters, musicians, and producers from all different backgrounds,” says songwriter/producer Cody Taylor. “It’s an experience nobody should ever turn down. I would do it again, hands down.”

“I’ve always been so shy to ask my fellow musicians if they’d like to collaborate with me, so when I was approached to be a part of the SOCAN Song Camp Mondays, I was pulled out of my comfort zone in the greatest way imaginable,” says singer-songwriter Bukola Balogun. “I was blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with such talented songwriters/producers, and was able to leave the camp with a brand new song, some new ideas, but most importantly, new friends.”

“I had a super-inspiring time at SOCAN headquarters writing with some special local artists,” says music creator Chase Horseman. “[SOCAN Vancouver A&R representative] Racquel [Villagante] is a whiz at matching synergetic talents and creating an open atmosphere, where we could all be ourselves. In one afternoon we finished a song for Mady, played around with some other ideas, and all became friends. Lots of love for SOCAN and the team!”

MO3 (Moses Adediran), Desiree Dawson, Francis Arevalo

MO3 (Moses Adediran), Desiree Dawson, Francis Arevalo

Each “Song Camp Mondays” session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sound Lounge of one of our offices. There will be a break for a pizza lunch at 1:00 p.m., which includes a brief “SOCAN 101” session to explain how to register the song, and other ways to get paid. The Sound Lounges are equipped with gear, but participants are welcome to bring their own instrument(s) and gear of choice for songwriting. At least one participant must bring an audio interface required to connect computers to outboard recording gear.

Participating songwriters must be willing to split ownership of the newly created song in equal shares – regardless of the individual parties’ contributions to the final work. They must also be prepared to work collaboratively and co-operatively, and come into the session with an open mind, willing to work with their two co-writers, regardless of genre and skill level. Of course, if participants are enjoying the co-writing process, they’re free to continue the co-writing relationship after the session.

SOCAN members can apply only once for “Song Camp Mondays”, as their applications will be retained on file, to be randomly chosen to participate at any point in the future. Please note that SOCAN won’t provide any payment for travel or lodgings to successful applicants for Song Camp Mondays.

In a SOCAN Session at the organization’s Toronto office, Dan Mangan performs a stripped-down live version of his song “Lay Low,” preceded by a funny story about not taking Paul McCartney’s advice for the song. Mangan also played a version of “Fool for Waiting,” which you can view here. If you want even more Dan Mangan content, catch our video interview with him here.