SOCAN’s Board of Directors has approved a special $50,000 contribution to Creators for Ukraine, a new global support fund dedicated to uniting the global creative community in support of Ukrainian creators and refugees forced to flee the country.

Contributions from the new fund will be highly focused on specific refugee projects, and support of the humanitarian work being organized within the community, and primarily with the Polish authors and composers’ rights society, ZAiKS.

Also, we have suspended the transfer of royalties to the Russian Authors’ Society, that country’s music rights collective, until further notice.

Also, CISAC has written an Open Letter of solidarity from creators, and is advocating for signatures. CISAC asks all creators everywhere to join them, sign this message, and share it using the hashtag #creatorsforukraine.

Nadia Essadiqi, a.k.a. La Bronze, launches her third album, Vis-moi, on March 18, 2022. On her first project for the Audiogram record label, the Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist explores a wide range of rhythms and musical colours. Three of its 13 songs were written while she participated in the 2019 edition of the SOCAN Kenekt Québec Song Camp. We connected with her just a few hours before she was to leave for France on a promotional tour, as she discussed the creative process behind her latest electro-pop offering.

Words & Music is pleased to continue its helpful “how-to” video series for our members, “The Breakdown.”

 Music supervisors are the people whose job is to decide what songs will be licensed and used in  TV shows, movies, streaming, and online productions. In this episode, Vanessa Thomas, SOCAN Vice President, Member & Industry Relations,  asks seasoned music supervisor Michael Perlmutter (President, Canadian Guild of Music Supervisors), “What’s the best advice for how to approach a music supervisor?”