The six SOCAN members participating in the 2018 Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre attended an early-evening, wine-and-cheese reception at SOCAN’s Toronto office on Aug. 8, 2018, where we celebrated their acceptance into the program and answered any questions they had about how SOCAN works with our #ComposersWhoScore.

The 2018 songwriters and composers participating in the residency are (in alphabetical order, by last name):

  • Suad Bushnaq
  • Jason Couse (of Darcys)
  • Ashley Jane
  • Stephen Krecklo
  • Antonio Naranjo
  • Timon Wientzek

Also attending were Canadian Film Centre staffers Kathryn Emslie, Erica Proudlock, Nafisi Murji and Gillian Manchee, and from The Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Tonya Dedrick. SOCAN screen composer Darren Fung, who serves as a consultant for the residency program, also attended. Representing SOCAN were CEO Eric Baptiste, Membership/A&R representatives Michael McCarty, Rodney Murphy, Brandi Pickering, Aidan D’Aoust, Peter Fera, and Paul Stillo.

The Slaight Music Residency is a creative and business initiative for composers and songwriters. It encourages the complete integration of music creators into the onscreen process, while offering unique business opportunities to increase the use of Canadian music in film and TV. The residency is a part-time, nine-month program that balances artistic expression and creative collaboration with current market demands.

The goals are to

  • increase the music creators’ screen-oriented musical knowledge and skills;
  • broker creative and business opportunities by offering access to international mentors, creative advisors and industry professionals;
  • inspire creativity, and a deeper understanding of the relationship between music and film/TV, through high-level case studies and workshops;
  • deliver a series of complex screen music exercises and opportunities;
  • expand their “demo reels”;
  • build opportunities to showcase their talent onscreen; and
  • position them for future work in the screen entertainment industry.

SOCAN congratulates its members accepted into the program, and wishes them well on their nine-month journey through it!

The 2018 edition of the Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala will once again salute the remarkable work of Francophone music publishers with the Publisher of the Year Award. Publishers are invited to submit their nominations starting today.

The award recognizes a publisher member who contributed in a significant and positive manner to the music industry and creative community during the year leading up to the Gala.

The eligibility period for the 2018 edition of the SOCAN Awards is from January 1 to December 31, 2017, and only the accomplishments which occurred during this period will be taken into consideration. A jury of music industry professionals will evaluate all the nominations.

To be eligible, a publisher must be based in Canada, and their repertoire must be in large part Francophone, or having had a significant Francophone impact, creatively and commercially. A publisher with a representative who sits on the selection committee is not eligible for this award.

Eligible publishers must submit nominations to Stéphanie Falco ( no later than August 30, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., EDT.

The Publisher of the Year Award will be presented during the Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Download the nomination form

SOCAN has launched a redeveloped website,, offering visitors bolder visuals, and a more intuitive, straightforward, and user-friendly experience.

We’ve redesigned the site with our stakeholders in mind, providing our members, licensees, and music-loving others with an easy way to join or learn about SOCAN. Streamlined navigation and a compelling home page are just two of the ways that the site gives users better access to information about SOCAN, what we do, and who we work with.

Among the new features, the website offers music fans a space to stay connected with us and our members, a dynamic company FAQ, and integrated content from Words & Music magazine. The new is mobile-friendly – completely optimized for all devices and mobile platforms.

The home-page daily news has now moved to our online magazine, Words & Music. Similarly, our SOCAN blog, Music. People. Connected., and our video interviews, under the banner of SOCAN TV, can now be reached on Words & Music. All of our editorial content is now fully integrated and accessible from a single online platform, at


Please have a look around, at the new, and right here at the more complete SOCAN online magazine. Please let us know what you think, and what other content you’d like to see, in the comments section below.