SOCAN congratulates all of its members who’ve been short-listed for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize! All of the solo artists on the short list, announced July 14, 2022, are SOCAN members, and all of the listed bands include at least one singer-songwriter who’s a SOCAN member.

The short list, by artist, is (in alphabetical order, by band name or surname):

  • Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS
  • Pierre Kwenders – José Louis and the Paradox of Love
  • Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
  • Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSI : Musique directe
  • Kelly McMichael – Waves
  • Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
  • Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
  • Shad – TAO
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA

For more information, visit the Polaris Music Prize website.

SOCAN was a proud sponsor of the 24th annual LEO Awards, celebrating excellence in British Columbia film and television, as it has been for every edition since the beginning in 1998. The Awards  were presented on July 5 and 6, 2022 onine, and live-and-in-person (for the first time in three years) at the Gala on July 9, 2022 (though also available online). SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore walked away with all 11 musical honours.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • Best Musical Score in a Motion Picture
    Conan Karpinski and Andrew Dixon, for Portraits From a Fire
  • Best Musical Score in a Television Movie
    Hal Beckett, for A Clüsterfünke Christmas
  • Best Musical Score in a Short Drama
    Sutrisno Hartana and Harrison Casavant, for Srikandi
  • Best Musical Score in a Dramatic Series
    Hamish Thomson and Matt Rogers, for Chesapeake Shores – “What A Difference A Day Makes” episode 
  • Best Musical Score in a Feature-Length Documentary
    Daniel Ross, for Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery
  • Best Musical Score in a Short Documentary
    Daryl Bennett, for In Love With a Problem
  • Best Musical Score in a Documentary Series
    Jacqueline Perriam, Erik Abbink, Amanda Cawley, for Visionary Gardeners– “Beauty and Delight” episode
  • Best Musical Score in an Information, Lifestyle, or Reality Series
    Wayne Lavallée, for Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet – “Into the Wild” episode 
  • Best Musical Score in an Animation Series
    Caleb Chan and Brian Chan, for Angry Birds: Summer Madness – “Dodgebirds” episode
  • Best Musical Score in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series
    Oleksa Lozowchuk, for Gabby Duran & The Unsittables – “Goat of the Month” episode
  • Best Music Video
    The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, for “Running”

The July 9, 2022, Gala was attended by SOCAN representative Gagan Singh, Creative Executive, Film/TV & Visual Media.

The LEO Awards offer an excellent opportunity for SOCAN members who work in film and television to celebrate their accomplishments. For more information and a complete list of winners visit the awards website.

Are you a live music worker? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Unison Fund’s Live Music Workers Fund!

The Government of Canada, through the Department of Canadian Heritage, has awarded the Unison Fund almost $16.9 million to distribute to live music workers. Three other national organizations (Fondation des Artistes, The Actors Fund of Canada, and the Canadian Dance Assembly) also received funding to distribute to other live performing arts communities.

Unison has built a new online application portal to distribute this new funding stream, and is ready to accept applications from July 6, 2022, until March 31, 2023.

All qualified applicants – independent and self-employed workers in the live music sector – will receive a one-time payment of $2,500 through the funding stream Live Music Workers Fund, to support themselves and their families with basic living expenses, such as groceries, shelter (rent), and medical expenses.

All eligible applicants must be:

  • Individuals who’ve worked primarily in the live music industry for at least two consecutive years.
  • Individuals who are self-employed or independent workers (i.e., not in a salaried position).
  • Individuals who’ve earned at least 55% of their income from the Canadian music industry.

Live Music Occupations may include:

  • Artist
  • Artist Manager or Management Company
  • Booking Agent
  • Composer
  • Concert Photographer
  • Concert Recording Engineer
  • Consultant
  • DJ
  • Event Production/Festival
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Merchandiser
  • Musician
  • Production Company
  • Promoter
  • Publisher
  • Publicist/Public Relations/Media
  • Retailer (Instruments and Supplies)
  • Songwriter
  • Stagehand/Roadie
  • Talent Buyer
  • Technician
  • Tour Management/Operator
  • Venue
  • Video

To start the application process, apply – or register to apply – now at