The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, is pleased and proud to announce that singer-songwriters Savannah Ré and Kellylee Evans are the two $5,000 cash prize recipients of the 2022 Her Music Awards, sponsored by Bandzoogle. SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown and past Her Music Award winner Haviah Mighty announced the recipients at an intimate, in-person celebration hosted by previous award winner Nuela Charles in Toronto, on Feb. 9, 2023.

Five $1,000 cash prizes for Her Music Honourable Mentions were also awarded, to Haley Blais, Jorane, Moira & Claire, Tanika Charles, and Zeina. Additionally, the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) and Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) offered a one-year complimentary membership to the two grand prize recipients.

“So happy an award like this even exists. Winning the Her Music Award is a significant achievement, because it’s an award that empowers and recognizes female creators,” said Savannah Ré. “It highlights our talents and contributions to the music industry. It also helps to promote and support female artists, which can be especially important in an industry that has traditionally been dominated by men. This award will open doors for me and help me pave the way to reaching my goals in my career.”

“I was so surprised and honoured to hear that I had been chosen for this award, alongside Savannah Ré,” said Kellylee Evans. “As my career shifts and changes with the years, my love for creating has not dampened. This recognition gives me the affirmation and the energy to keep going, despite the challenges along the way. I’m so thankful.”

“This important initiative has previously supported trailblazing artists including Haviah Mighty, Leela Gilday, Nuela Charles, and Caveboy,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “We’re thrilled to add the incredible Savannah Ré and Kellylee Evans to the group as this year’s grand prize recipients. We’re thankful for the support of Bandzoogle and community stakeholders that made the Her Music Awards possible, and have allowed us to celebrate in person this year!”

The Her Music Awards is a program designed to celebrate and support female-identifying Canadian music creators on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level. Applications were judged on a number of factors, including artistic merit, career potential, and impact. The jury was composed of Cécile Doo-Kingué, Carole Facal, Kesi Smyth, Suzie Ungerleider, and jury committee chair Shakura S’Aida.

For the first time ever, the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, presented by SOCAN, has added Q with Tom Power: A conversation with Simu Liu to the festivities, scheduled for Sunday, March 12, at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

The  night kicks off at 7:00 p.m. MT with a live-on-stage interview taping for Tom Power’s CBC program Q, where he’ll get up close and personal with global star and 2022 and 2023 JUNO Awards Broadcast host Simu Liu.

CBC Music’s Damhnait Doyle, a former member of SOCAN’s Board of Directors, will then host the Songwriters’ Circle, featuring intimate conversations and stripped-down performances from 2023 Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year JUNO nominee Adria Kain; two-time JUNO Award winner and 2022 SOCAN Award winner Dan Mangan; celebrated country music duo The Reklaws, who were awarded a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award on Jan. 27, 2023; multi-Platinum-selling artist, producer, and actor Tyler Shaw; and breakthrough indie band Wild Rivers. More artists will be announced soon.

Presented by SOCAN and FACTOR, in association with Music Publishers Canada, the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is considered “The Jewel of JUNO Week,” showcasing some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, performing their original songs, and sharing the stories behind them.

Tickets for the 2023 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle are on sale now. Proceeds from JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will benefit MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, that works to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada.

(A Facebook photo album of our Grammy party is found here.)

SOCAN was pleased and proud to celebrate its members at a series of events in Los Angeles, held before the 2023 Grammy Awards.

Luca Mauti, Mike "DZL" Holmes, SOCAN No Song Award, Grammy

No. 1 Award at the SOCAN Grammy Party. Left to right: Luca Mauti, Mike “DZL” Holmes

At the SOCAN Grammy party, held Thursday, Feb 2, at the IIO Lounge atop the Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood, Michael “DZL” Homes and Luca Mauti  received a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for co-writing/co-producing Jazmine Sullivan’s “Hurt Me So Good.” The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay Chart on Dec. 10, 2022, and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. SOCAN also held a celebratory lunch at Zinqué in West Hollywood, honouring Akeel Henry – a producer on “Hurt Me So Good” – with a No. 1 Song Award.

There were more than 100 attendees at the SOCAN Grammy party, including nominees Yonatan Watts, Ryan Bakalarcyzk, Jun “CVRE” Kim, Aaron Paris, Andrew “Andrew T” Thompson, Ron Korb, Pierre-Luc Rioux (of Chiiild), and Rachael Kennedy (of L I O N C H I L D) – who contributed to The Kalling, by Kabaka Pyramid, which won for Best Reggae Album.

SOCAN also entertained some special guests from the music ecosystem:  Wallace Joseph (of hmwrk) who represents Mike “DZL” Holmes (who won a Grammy in 2022 and was nominated in 2023); Henry-Francois Gelot of 31 east, and Ivan Evidente of Universal Music Canada, attending on behalf of their Grammy-nominated duo Banx & Ranx; Kilometre Music’s Rodney Murphy and Michael McCarty, representing their Grammy-nominated SOCAN member Aaron Paris; Global A&R for Def Jam, Kardinall Offishall; Max Espinosa, Kelci “Koko” Smith, and Hilary Storm of salxco, which represents The Weeknd; Hallwood Media’s Danny Bersco; Tim Jones from Pipe & Hat (which handles newly JUNO-nominated SOCAN member Faouzia); and Canadian Consulate representatives Arwen Widmer Bobyk and Andre Galuban.

SOCAN attendees at the party, and throughout Grammy weekend, were CEO Jennifer Brown; President of the Board of Directors Marc Ouellette; Chief Membership Officer Jean-Christian Céré; Cameron Kennedy, Director, Creative; Racquel Villagante, Creative Executive, West Coast; Gagan Singh,  Creative Executive, Film/TV and Visual Media; Houtan Hodania, Creative Executive, East Coast; and Alex Golden, Manager, Creative Operations & Programming.

SOCAN Screen Composers Dinner, 2023, Grammy

SOCAN Screen Composers Dinner

Gagan Singh and Marc Ouellette hosted about 20 people at another, more intimate event, the SOCAN Screen Composers Dinner, celebrating all that our film, television, and visual media scoring members accomplished in 2022, especially their great worldwide successes. Attending the dinner, held Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the A.O.C. Wine Bar in West Hollywood, were Academy Award winner Mychael Danna; established screen composers Lesley Barber, Jeff Danna, Matthew Tishler, and Jeff Toyne; their new-generation colleagues Shaun Chasin, Dillon Baldassaro, Conan Karpinski, and Aaron Paris; and veteran screen executives Robert Kraft, of 20th Century Fox, and Tony Scudellari, of Sony Pictures.

margø, Olivia Lunny, LU KALA, Level Up Party, 2023, Grammy

At the Level Up Party. Left to right: margø, Olivia Lunny, LU KALA

Also, SOCAN partnered for the first time with the Level Up organization for their pre-Grammy networking event, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, which hosted more than 250 female industry professionals, including SOCAN members Rachael Kennedy, LU KALA, Jessia, Olivia Lunny, Liz Lokre, margø, Alicia Creti, and music publisher Kim Temple (of High Priestess Publishing and  Music Publishers Canada). Racquel Villagante and Alex Golden attended the gathering on SOCAN’s behalf.