(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.
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.
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.
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.