SOCAN has promoted Cameron Kennedy to Vice President, Creative & Member Relations, in a strategic move designed to enhance services to its members. SOCAN also announced the addition of James Leacock, Director, Member Operations to its Membership team, and the promotion of Kathryn Hamilton, whose role expands to Director, Creative & Education.

“These strategic changes mark a new chapter in how we’re putting our members first in everything we do, ensuring they feel supported at every stage of their career,” said Jean-Christian Céré, SOCAN Chief Membership Officer. “Not only will they elevate our members’ experience, they’ll also help to drive membership growth, and expand our member offerings, while providing more opportunities for connection and feedback.”

With close to 15 years in artist and talent relations in the music industry, Kennedy will take a newly-created strategic role to guide SOCAN’s approach to serving our members. With a continuing focus on support for our music creator community, we’ll aim to help members of every kind, at every level – in part, by establishing new member initiatives. Kennedy has successfully led SOCAN’s Creative team since 2022, enhancing membership offerings, and leveraging his expertise to develop campaigns, events, and partnerships that amplify the work of Canadian music creators.

“My main goal will be finding ways to best support our SOCAN members in their careers,” says Kennedy, “whether that’s by improving our member benefits, making the membership team and creative services more accessible, or communicating members’ needs to the rest of SOCAN. I want to ensure that our members feel at home at SOCAN, part of this community, and that we’re a trusted partner.”

Leacock joins the Membership team from SOCAN’s Licensing and Royalty Collections divisions, where he served for more than two decades, driving operational excellence, with a focus on service to music users in the digital (online/streaming) landscape. As Director, Membership Operations, he’ll deploy these skills to usher in a new era of front-line service for SOCAN members, and help better meet their evolving needs.

As SOCAN continues to cultivate beneficial programs for both for its members and the music industry, Hamilton steps into the expanded role of Director, Creative & Education. She’ll now oversee our Creative Executive team, member relations strategy, and education initiatives, including membership events, member benefits, and partnerships.