Oli Féra has won the finals of the Grand concours Hydro-Québec, the central event of the 2022 Festival international de la chanson de Granby, held on Aug 24, 2022. The theatrical singer-songwriter Féra won over a jury of about 100 music industry professionals, tasked with choosing the top finalist of the five who took the stage for a final performance. Their selection was based on the artists’ originality, the quality of their repertoire and delivery, and their professional maturity.

Féra thus earns a $25,000 career development grant, as well as eight other awards that will certainly help her follow in the footsteps of past winners such as Lisa LeBlanc (2010), Patrice Michaud (2009), Alexandre Désilets (2006), Pierre Lapointe (2001), Lynda Lemay (1989), Luc de Larochelière (1986), and Jean Leloup (1983).

The other four finalists don’t walk away empty-handed, since the festival offers plenty of awards and prizes: Maude Sonier won five, La Charpie four, Chino two, and Zéphyr Bielinski one. Overall, these various prizes are worth a total of more than $100,000.

Congratulations to Oli Féra and the other four finalists!

For complete details, visit ficg.qc.ca.

The new school year is just around the corner and it dovetails, as it does every year, with a diversified offer of training courses in the field of music, and particularly in publishing. The Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM) offers a very attractive program to help you perfect your knowledge of music publishing and get started in this key sector of the music ecosystem.

APEM offers a comprehensive 42-hour training course (in French only) that takes place over 10 weeks, with the objective of training new publishers, and promoting best practices in music publishing. Legal foundations, contracts and licenses, and the organization and artistic direction of a publishing company are only a few of the topics that will be discussed by publishing experts such as Daniel Lafrance, Me Claude Brunet, David Murphy, Valérie Gauthier, Marie-Laurence Asselin and Carmel Scurti-Belley.

The APEM training program will be held in person at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in Montréal. The Winter 2023 session, though, will be dispensed online.

For all the details and to register, click here. But hurry, classes begin on Sept. 8, 2022.

Happy learning to all!

SOCAN has presented professional songwriter Emily Reid with a No. 1 Song Award for co-writing “Boys,” performed by Dean Brody and Mickey Guyton, which reached the peak of the Billboard Canada Country Chart on March 29, 2021, and again on April 3, 2021.

“Boys” was co-written by Reid, Matt McVaney, and Travis Wood, and is published by Creative Pulse Music and BMG Platinum Songs U.S. For an in-depth look at how the song happened, click here.

SOCAN Creative Executive, Los Angeles, Racquel Villagante presented the award plaque to Reid on Aug. 22, 2022, while celebrating with a lunch at The Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills.

SOCAN congratulates Emily Reid, and the co-writers, publishers, and performers of “Boys,” on this great achievement!