In the last few months, SOCAN’s Reproductions Rights department team has welcomed five new colleagues to the team. Barbara McIvor and Ryan O’Grady joined as Repertoire Administrators while Virginie Bujold-Paré joined the team as a Collections & Distribution Specialist. Jazz Alvarado (Segovia) is our new Identification & Distribution Administrator, Foreign, while Karl Marino was added as a Royalties & Distribution Specialist.

McIvor and O’Grady’s responsibilities include maintaining and updating our clients’ catalogues in the SOCAN Reproduction Rights system, to help facilitate accurate licensing and royalty collections.

McIvor has a diploma in Music Business Administration from Trebas Institute, and has worked in the music industry in both Vancouver and Toronto.  For the last seven years, she’s worked primarily in publishing and copyright. She’s held roles at CMRRA as a Major Label Licensing Administrator, and at Re:Sound as a Repertoire Administrator –  where she gained experience in both reproduction rights and neighbouring rights, and in maintaining and updating copyright claims from clients.

Ryan O’Grady is a musician, songwriter, producer, and engineer who has been a SOCAN member for the past decade. His internship at a music label gave him additional knowledge of publishing and copyright. He also earned a Master’s degree in music technology and digital media from the University of Toronto.

As our Collections and Distribution Specialist, Virginie Bujold-Paré handles distribution reports, generates invoices, and deals with collections for synchronization and physical products from various reproduction rights licensees. She loves music and finance, and gets to combine her two passions in her role on the Reproductions Rights team. Bujold-Paré previously worked as a dispute and fraud specialist at CIBC. She’s a violinist and musicologist, and graduated from La Sorbonne, in Paris.

Jazz Alvarado (Segovia), our new Identification and Distribution Administrator, Foreign, will focus on retrieving, reconciling, and matching distribution files from our sister societies, worldwide. Alvarado previously worked at Universal Music, and the Colombian Copyright office. She was responsible for registering intellectual property, processing works, and reviewing sheet music to ensure rights holders were accurately credited. She’s completed a Bachelor’s degree in audio engineering, and another in composition for film, with a minor in copyright law.

Karl Marino, our Royalties and Distribution Specialist, is responsible for understanding the end-to-end royalty distribution cycle, including how to prepare distribution files for both domestic and foreign revenue streams, as well as identification and matching activities related to all SOCAN Reproduction Rights income streams. Before joining SOCAN, Marino worked for a music platform vendor that helped distribute sound recording royalties to artists. He holds a degree in Film Scoring & Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music, and both B.A. and a Master’s degrees in Classical Guitar interpretation.

The team is guided by Valerie Dansereau, Team Lead, Repertoire, and Lise Carle, Team Lead, Royalties and Distribution. Everyone reports to Nicole Pratt, Vice President, Reproduction Rights Operations.

Tom Cochrane celebrates receiving the Cultural Impact Award for “Life is a Highway,” and speaks to us about how writing the song served as therapy for himself, and why that resonated with such a large audience.

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More than 500 of the Canada’s most accomplished songwriters, composers, music publishers, and industry leaders gathered on Oct. 17, 2022, for the 33rd SOCAN Awards, honouring the country’s most successful music creators and publishers from an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Country, Classical and more.

Canadian songwriting, performing, and philanthropic legend Tom Cochrane was presented with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for his truly iconic “Life Is A Highway.” A magnificent finale featured a performance of the hit by a star-packed stage full of music creators, including Bill Bell, Dala, Davide Direnzo, Molly Johnson, Jeff Jones, Alex Lifeson, Sam Roberts, and Julian Taylor.

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Left to right: Alex Lifeson, Bill Bell, Molly Johnson, Sam Roberts, Tom Cochrane, Julian Taylor, Jeff Jones, and/et Dala (Sheila Carabine, Amanda Walther)

Ralph Cole, Paul Hoffert, Bob McBride, and Skip Prokop of legendary Canadian jazz-rock group Lighthouse were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for bringing together music creators with eclectic backgrounds to form an iconic sound that has lasted for five decades. Lighthouse, as an 11-piece ensemble, delivered an unforgettable performance of their hits, including “Sunny Days” and “One Fine Morning.” Ralph Cole and Paul Hoffert joined the celebration. Sadly, Bob McBride and Skip Prokop passed away in 1998 and 2017, respectively, and their accomplishments, commitment, and friendship were well remembered.

Hosted by the CBC’s Amanda Parris, the gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto also featured unforgettable performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids and rapper Drezus, recipients of the first-ever Vince Fontaine Indigenous Song Award, as well as Nonso Amadi, La Zarra, Alicia Creti, High Valley. SOCAN International Achievement Award winner OZ was celebrated with an inspired set by DJ TLO.

Additional SOCAN firsts included the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award – Francophone presented to La Zarra; the SOCAN Breakout Composer Award, given to up-and-coming screen composer Evan MacDonald; and the first-ever SOCAN Reproduction Right Award, earned by Editions Studio V.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the SOCAN Awards in-person after two years, and even more excited to present several new awards to deserving music creators, publishers and businesses,” said Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN. “It is so essential to showcase the musical diversity of our country, and we’re in awe of the talent of all our winners tonight.”

Also receiving an Achievement Award was worldwide sensation Drake, who was named SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer. Drake also took home two SOCAN Rap Music Awards for “Wants and Needs” and “Way 2 Sexy.”

Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk was presented with the 2022 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Producer Award, and also received the SOCAN International Song Award for his masterpiece, “Levitating,” performed by Dua Lipa.

Keith Power took home his fifth SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award, and rapper and singer bbno$ earned the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award.

Side Door received the prestigious SOCAN Licensed To Play Award for its diligent adherence to legal and ethical music licensing of the online platform that matches performers with hosts, builds direct connections, and simplifies the show-booking and ticketing process. Side Door is committed to responsible licensing, ensuring music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their work.

The annual Gala de la SOCAN, celebrating and honouring the work of SOCAN’s Francophone members, will be held on May 7, 2023, in Montréal.