Protests in the United States, and similar actions in Toronto and Montréal, have provided a profound call for meaningful, positive change regarding the rights of the Black community.

SOCAN is joining the call for the music industry to observe Black Out Tuesday tomorrow in support of our members, employees, and the global community. All SOCAN staff will join in a day of reflection on how we, as an organization, can do even more to work for equality, diversity, and fairness – integral qualities for which SOCAN stands.

This means the company will put our usual work aside for the day, and, instead work to improve our understanding of how we can be better, as a society, as a company, and as individuals.

The desperate protests and events from recent days bring to light the ongoing systemic racism that Black people face every day. And this treatment does not stop at the border; it happens on Canadian soil.

Yesterday, we participated in #blackouttuesday, in solidarity with the rest of music industry, but we recognize that yesterday’s action cannot exist in isolation.

Across the company, with departments, with small groups, with a team of executives and Black employees, we engaged in constructive, frank, and vulnerable dialogue. We shared experiences, we listened, we learned, we strengthened our resolve to be better as a company, as employees, as human beings.

We denounce any police brutality against our black communities.

But we must do more.

We are challenging our employees to become better allies, hearing their stories, suggestions, and arming them with tools and resources to support our Black community. 

We are looking inward to better understand how we can use our platforms for good and looking internally at our own implicit biases.

We are learning and we are listening, and we plan to use our platforms to continue to stand up and amplify the voices of our Black community members by showcasing and collaborating with Black creators, contributors, and employees.

We are creating a staff-lead equity program and task force to support our commitment to fostering an open, equal, and inclusive workplace for our existing and future Black employees, members, and business partners.  

This is just the beginning.


Here are some ways we can all create change:

Together we will continue to foster and build dialogue and create ways that we as an organization and a collection of brilliant minds can work together to bring about the changes that we need.

Eight SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore were honoured in musical categories of the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, presented online this year because of self-isolation measures taken to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The winners are:


Best Original Music, Fiction
Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner, for Anne with an E – “The Summit of My Desires”
Published by Northwood Media Inc.

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction
Ken Myhr, for The Accountant of Auschwitz

Best Original Music, Animation
James Chapple, Graham Cornies, David Kelly, Brian Pickett, for PAW Patrol – Mighty Pups Super Paws: When Super Kitties Attack

Published by Spin Master Ltd., administered by CCS Rights Management

For a list of all the SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore nominees, click here. For a complete list of all of the nominees and winners, click here.

SOCAN congratulates all our winners on these great achievements!