Publisher Warner Chappell Music Canada has co-published five SOCAN 2020 Awards, for:

  • Snow’s share of Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma” (Pop Award);
  • Songwriter/producer T-Minus’s share of Young Thug’s “The London” (Rap Award);
  • Songwriter/producer T-Minus’s share of J. Cole’s “Middle Child” (Rap Award);
  • DeLorean Black’s share of Rick Ross’ “Money in the Grave” (Rap Award); and
  • Ali Gatie’s share of his song “It’s You” (Viral Song Award).

Warner Chappell’s Vivian Barclay discusses how the company supports this wide range of songwriters in different ways, how the songs have global reach, and the joy of having a “legacy” hit when an older song finds new life again.

Matthew Burnett discusses how he co-wrote and co-produced the song “Love Again” – which won a 2020 SOCAN R&B Music Award – with Daniel Caesar and his  production partner Jordan Evans; how the song started in the shower, and was first developed in a Swedish hotel room; how Brandy came to sing on the duet; and his work as a co-manager of Caesar as well as being his co- writer, co-producer, and part of his live band.

The SOCAN Licensed To Play Award recognizes a business that consistently ensures that it’s legally and ethically using music. As Canada’s largest South Asian outdoor music festival, desiFEST is home to more than 500 worldwide artists who annually showcase their music to more than 150,000 music fans. Here, desiFEST’s Sathish Bala talks about what the L2P Award means for the festival; how it quickly and strongly adapted to working during the pandemic; and why SOCAN is a good partner for the event.