Parliament Hill in Ottawa was abuzz in the early evening of May 22, 2018, as Minister of Canadian Heritage the Honourable Mélanie Joly, and more than 200 Members of Parliament, Senators, and government staff turned out to attend SOCAN’s fourth annual Parliamentary reception.

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins (Photo: Dave Chan)

Held at the East Block Courtyard of The Senate, the event has become the go-to reception on Parliament Hill, where federal officials learn more about SOCAN, and enjoy music from our members.

This year Rose Cousins represented our English-speaking membership, while Andréanne A. Malette played on behalf of our Francophone community of music creators. Each performed several songs, and acknowledged the importance of SOCAN to their careers, and to those of our almost 150,000 members.
Among the SOCAN representatives who met with decision-making officials were SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste; President and Chair of SOCAN’s Board of Directors Stan Meissner; SOCAN executives Andrew Berthoff, Geneviève Côté and Gilles Daigle; SOCAN team members Stephanie Falco and Craig Horton,; and SOCAN Board members Rosaire Archambault, Partick Curley, Glenn Morley, Marc Ouellette, Earl Rosen, and Gilles Valiquette.

The event focused on the cultural and economic impact of SOCAN members in the domestic market, and provided SOCAN with an important forum to emphasize the value that our songwriters, composers, #ComposersWhoScore, and music publishers bring to the global economy as well. The reception also allowed us to present our policy positions in an informal setting, to a wide range of politicians, decision-makers, and their advisors.

Andréanne A. Malette

Andréanne A. Malette (Photo: Dave Chan)

“We’re pleased to see that the federal government has announced, in its 2018 budget, that it will invest $5 million in the Copyright Board of Canada over next few years,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “We hope that these funds, dedicated to reforming the board, will lead to reduced delays in its decision-making. SOCAN is also pleased to see the House Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology embarking on a significant review of the Copyright Act, as well as the participation of the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee, who will also take part in the review. Our creator and publisher members are anxious to see progress on our much-needed copyright reform.”

Thanks at least in part to SOCAN’s formal meetings and informal conversations with her, Minister Joly has repeatedly made reference to the importance of music creators in her spoken and written comments. At the reception, she once again acknowledged the value of our members’ music and the important role that SOCAN plays in the music ecosystem.

Parliamentary Secretary of Canadian Heritage Sean Casey, Conservative Heritage Critic Peter Van Loan, NDP Heritage Critic Pierre Nantel, and Liberal Senator Terry Mercer also spoke of the important work that SOCAN does.

SOCAN’s efforts to communicate with our federal government, and the three major political parties, continue to pay off for our members.

SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore Andrew Lockington and Keith Power, and member Ed Robertson, were among the honourees at the 2018 editions of the ASCAP Screen Music Awards, held May 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and the BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards, held May 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, both in Los Angeles.

The SOCAN member winners at the ASCAP event were:

The Big Bang Theory, Ed Robertson
The Good Witch, Mchael Berec, Jack Lenz
Saving Hope, Gary Koftinoff
The Voice, Jordan Sears

Ed Robertson

And those honoured by BMI were:

Rampage, Andrew Lockington

Hawaii Five-0, Keith Power
MacGyver, Keith Power

SOCAN congratulates our screen composers and theme song writers on these great achievements!

SOCAN today announced the results of its 2018 Board of Directors election, based on votes cast by SOCAN members (music creators and publishers) from April 10 to May 9, 2018.

The Board of Directors consists of 18 people – nine writer members and nine publisher members, with regional, cultural and genre specific representation – elected for a three-year term.

The following people were elected and will take office when KPMG, the scrutineer, officially presents the results at the SOCAN Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2018, in Toronto.

Representing SOCAN Music Writer Members (alphabetically by last name):

  • Patricia Conroy
  • Victor Davies *
  • Damhnait Doyle
  • Martine Groulx
  • Edward Henderson *
  • Stan Meissner *
  • Glenn Morley *
  • Marc Ouellette *
  • Diane Tell

Representing SOCAN Music Publisher Members (by company name):

  • Jennifer Mitchell (Casablanca Media Publishing / Red Brick Music Publishing) *
  • Earl Rosen (De Sade Songs) *
  • Rosaire Archambault (Éditorial Avenue Inc.) *
  • Denis Wolff (Ho-Tune Musique) *
  • Janice Staub (Hyvetown Music Inc.) *
  • Cheryl Link (Peermusic Canada Inc.)
  • Gary Furniss (Sony / ATV Music Publishing Canada) *
  • Patrick Curley (Third Side Music Inc.) *
  • Vivian Barclay (Warner Chappell Music Canada) *


“Congratulations to each of our newly-elected SOCAN Board of Directors,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “The SOCAN management team looks forward to working with this esteemed group as we work towards leading the global transformation of music rights, as SOCAN diversifies as a future-centric organization. We are also pleased that, with eight of our 18 board members now being female, the group reflects the gender parity and equal opportunity that the SOCAN management team and staff have enjoyed and fostered for many years.

“I would like to thank departing board members Jean-Robert Bisaillon, Safwan Javed, Ben Mink and Robert Ott for their service and dedication to SOCAN and the Canadian music ecosystem overall, and, in particular, Gilles Valiquette for his 26 years of unwavering, continuous commitment as a member of the board, including serving as president for five years.”

Following SOCAN’s annual general meeting, the new board of directors will hold its first meeting when it will elect the chair of the board and other officers who will serve until the next election in 2021.