The SOCAN Foundation will announce the two $5,000 winners of the 2022 Her Music Awards in an online gala on Feb. 25, 2022. The Her Music Awards are designed to celebrate and support mid-career, female-identifying Canadian music creators, on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level. The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, will present the 2022 awards in partnership with the website builder Bandzoogle.

“Even before the pandemic, women in music were underpaid, under-represented, and faced additional barriers and harassment,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The Her Music Awards create an opportunity to help overcome the obstacles, and to celebrate and empower female-identified music creators that are building momentum in their career trajectory.”

Renowned Canadian artist and jury committee chair Shakura S’Aida will host the award show through the virtual world meeting space Aire Ouverte, via the SOCAN Foundation office. Award recipients will be selected to receive two Grand Prizes of $5,000 each; new this year are five honourable mentions of $1,000 each. In addition, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) are offering a one-year complimentary membership to their organization for each of the Grand Prize winners.

“One of our goals as a company is to help raise the voices of the many talented women in music,” says Stacey Bedford, Bandzoogle’s CEO. “And as a Canadian music company, we’re especially proud to partner with the SOCAN Foundation on this great initiative to help support Canadian female-identified music creators.”

As the needs of musicians have evolved, so has Bandzoogle’s mission to help them succeed online by empowering artists to build effective websites for their music careers. As the proud presenting sponsor of the Her Music Awards, Bandzoogle encourages SOCAN members to redeem their exclusive six-month free trial (plus 15% off any subscription) of the website building software here.