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.



The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) has announced the inaugural 7X Picanto Festival, which will run Feb. 4-11, 2022, and feature a new concert performance (hosted by versatile artist Sarah Albu) to be released each day. Performances for the Festival were chosen via submissions received from across Canada, representing all genres of music supported by Picanto.ca.

The lineup is:

Release Date Artist and Video
Feb. 4: Patrick Giguère, émettre un son, vérifier sa propre existence. Sonic exploration from Québec.
Feb. 5: Curtis Andrews, with Trichy Sankaran, The Offering of Curtis Andrews. Inter-cultural music from British Columbia.
Feb. 6: NUMUS ensemble. Improvised music. Emerging artist from Ontario.
Feb. 7: SHHH!! Ensemble with the Ottawa New Music Creators, In Sea. Improvised music from Ontario.
Feb. 8: Nick Veltmeyer and Aureas Voces Indie Early Music, Jimmy and Rosalia, a Folk Opera. Opera/vocal from Nova Scotia.
Feb. 9: Ensemble Paramirabo, Si le temps […], l’espace…,  Chamber Music from Québec.
Feb. 10: Richard Gillis and Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Voices – A Musical Heritage. Jazz/Indigenous music from Manitoba.
Feb. 11: All videos available

 

Concerts will be available from 12:00 noon ET on the release day until 11:00 a.m. ET the following day. In addition to the concerts, Montréal composer and performer Maxime Daigneault will be conversing with the concert artists and composers. All the performances will be available on Feb. 11, 2022. The CMC acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Digital Strategy Fund.

Owned and operated by the CMC, Picanto.ca is a new Canadian digital platform devoted to a wide range of creative Canadian music, intended to reach beyond commercial sounds that are already available everywhere. Among the genres represented by Picanto.ca are jazz, chamber, electro-acoustic, Indigenous, opera, musique actuelle, inter-cultural, orchestral, experimental, improvised, sound art, and more.  The platform was created by and for Canadian music lovers, and celebrates and promotes Canadian music creators.



Audiences shifting from cable and TV to streaming video on-demand has had a huge effect on Canadian screen composers, most significantly by lowering the royalties paid for each view of their work. If you’re one of SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore dealing with this new reality, and want to understand how and why it’s happening, check out our “explainer” video below.

SOCAN is making progress on this issue, along with efforts by our colleagues in the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and La Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ). We’re currently advocating  with the federal government to modify the Broadcasting Act so that it mandates Canadian Content quotas for streaming video-on-demand services, and the promotion and discoverability of it. We’re also pursuing the collection of streaming reproduction rights royalties from those services; copyright retention, and participation in publisher’s share of performing rights and reproduction rights, for screen composers; and incentivizing the use of Canadian screen composers in foreign productions which shoot in Canada.