CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) has appointed SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown as one of two Vice-Chairs of its Board of Directors, at the first meeting of its newly-elected Board of Directors, on June 23, 2022, in Paris. It’s the first time Brown has taken the position, which lasts for three years.

“This is a great recognition for SOCAN on a global level, and will allow us to further extend our work for creators’ rights on the world stage,” said Brown. “I look forward to working with all at CISAC to serve and champion its more than four million creators, advocate for them, and protect their rights. As CISAC works to shape a better and fairer environment for creators, especially in a post-COVID environment that demands adaptability, SOCAN will be there, striving to increase the value of their artwork, and improve their experience.”

CISAC also re-appointed Marcelo Castello Branco for his second three-year term as Chair, and Patrick Raude, Secretary-General of French music rights organization SACD, as the other Vice-Chair.

CISAC, a collective rights management organization, is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies. CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. With 229 member societies in 119 countries, CISAC represents more than four million creators of music, audio-visual works, drama, literature, and visual arts.

For example, in addition to its day-to-day work, in March of 2020, CISAC called on governments for global action to help creators as the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic first struck; and in March of 2022, CISAC created both the “Creators for Ukraine” and “Songs for Ukraine” campaigns to assist creators in that country during a time of war.

SOCAN congratulates Jennifer Brown on her new appointment within the CISAC Board.



After a three-year absence, SOCAN was pleased and proud to once again host its annual Family & Friends summer reception to celebrate our members, at the Sunset Marquis Hotel Pool Deck in Los Angeles, on June 23, 2022. The party, which ran from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. PT, drew more than 200 SOCAN members and key music industry representatives.

Present at the event were SOCAN songwriter members Jex Nwalor, Eli  Brown, Tamara Miller, Nate Husser, Bobby Kuya, Rhyan Douglas, Mike Sonier, Jay Century, Liza, Gerald O’Brien, Maddy Simmen, Lia Liza, Harrison Brome, Simon Rosen, Colin Munroe, Jarvis Church, Chris Stylez, Kastro, PIAO, Chxerry22, FORTHENIGHT, Tom French, Yosh Beats, Clerel, Evan MacDonald, Zeina, Mandy Woo, and KALLITECHNIS.

SOCAN screen composers were also well represented, with Darren Fung, Stephan Moccio, Jeff Danna, and Matthew Tishler at the party, along with Kevin Estwick of the Core Music Agency, which represents audio-visual composers.

Music industry representatives at the reception included Mason Klein and Will Perliter (both of Mixed Management and R&R Records); Stephanie Pereira (manager for Chxrry22); Alison Taylor (artist manager); Mara Kuge (California Copyright Conference); Max Espinosa and Arian Tehranian (both of SalxCo Business Management); Jarret Mackenzie (manager of KALLITECHNIS); Henry-Francois Gelot (artist manager); Doug Mark (artist attorney); Corey Kastner (HowRU? Entertainment); Audrey Anne (artist attorney); Sean Lewow (Ourros); Max Motley (Mostley Music); Blake Goldman and Tino Cuccinello (managers of Jex Nwalor); Chukwudi Obi, Niki Zahedi, and Danny Jacobson (all three of Hallawood); Hunter George (Executive Director, Guild of Music Supervisors); Michael Eames (President and co-founder, PEN Music Group Inc.); and Andre Galuban (Canadian Consulate in L.A.).

Attending for SOCAN were CEO Jennifer Brown; Director, Creative, Cameron Kennedy; Vice President, International Relations, Catharine Saxberg; Creative Executives Racquel Villagante (Los Angeles), Houtan Hodania (Toronto), and Gagan Singh (Film/TV & Visual Media); and Creative Progamming & Partnerships Co-Ordinator Maria Escamilla.



The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake of Nickelback, one of Canada’s most successful rock bands, along with music icon Corey Hart, as the latest round of performers to be added to its star-studded Gala, taking place Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Toronto’s Massey Hall, with presenting partner El Mocambo.

On the heels of his upcoming Stranger Things Netflix concert appearance, Corey Hart will join Diamond certified rockers Kroeger and Peake (who have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide as part of Nickelback), in tribute performances to inductees Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

“It goes without saying that Bryan and Jim have written, and continue to write, songs that capture some of our best memories.  And to create songs that feel timeless is one of the best achievements you can hope for as a songwriter. We are extremely honoured to celebrate them and their songs at this year’s ceremony,” said Nickelback.

Hart is planning an intimate solo piano performance to present his hand-picked song choices to honour Adams and Vallance. “The Adams / Vallance repertoire has earned a rich and storied place in Canadian music history.  It is with great humility and pride that I will take the stage at Massey Hall to commemorate these two titans of song,” said Hart.

The year 2022 will mark the highly anticipated return of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will also honour Inductee Alanis Morissette, with previously-announced performers, including multi-Platinum singer-songwriter and seven-time JUNO winner Serena Ryder; four-time JUNO-winning and Grammy-nominated artist Jessie Reyez; and Montréal’s newly minted multi-JUNO Award winner Charlotte Cardin.

Stay tuned for more Inductees, performers and special guest announcements in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the 2022 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala are available through Massey Hall at https://masseyhall.mhrth.com/tickets/CSHF-22.  Visit cshf.ca and follow @CSHFmusic for the latest updates.