In order to provide a platform for our members on the rise, we’re pleased to present the SOCAN Satellite Sessions – an ongoing series of brand-new, unseen member performances broadcast on @SOCANMusic Instagram (and later available across all our social media platforms). In celebration of Black Music Month, the first series of sessions will showcase Black music excellence; each week in June, well present musical performances by some of Canada’s most talented up-and-coming Black songwriters.

The first SOCAN Satellite Session features hip-hop artist Zakisha Brown, streaming now on @SOCANMusic Instagram. Born in Toronto, of Jamaican descent, Brown has gone global with songs like “Purpose,”  “Went to Ghana,” “The Shift,” and her current single, “My Light.” She’s been featured on CBC Music as the first artist played on Errol Nazareth’s new Frequencies program, as well as in the Toronto Star, Ghana Music, and other media outlets. Brown boasts impressive delivery, flow, puns, and bars, and believes in musical substance, self-development, and the urgency of the stories we tell through our art. She’s performed at universities across Ontario, including Humber College, York University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Laurier University, Windsor University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and more. She’s also opened shows for artists such as Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Dru Hill, and a Nas performance at the Yonge & Dundas stage in downtown Toronto.  Brown is currently working on her first album, to be released Oct. 6, 2021.

Go to @SOCANMusic Instagram to see her exclusive video performance!

SOCAN’s annual general meeting, typically held in June, will be held after June 30, 2021. The date and agenda will be confirmed soon.

SOCAN gained approval from Corporations Canada to hold its AGM later than usual.

The meeting for eligible SOCAN members will be held online with full registration and voting capabilities using the same platform successfully employed last year.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to introducing our new board of directors, elected to a three-year term, and to reporting on the company’s 2020 Financial results and activities.

On June 2, the one-year anniversary of #BlackOutTuesday – the viral global action to protest anti-Black racism – BDRB (Breaking Down Racial Barriers) with CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) and ADVANCE (Canada’s Black Music Business Collective) will host a virtual declaration signing event for music industry leaders to make public their commitment to anti-Black racism.

The event will include speakers Andrew Cash (President, CIMA), Keziah Myers (Executive Director, ADVANCE), Ian Andre Espinet (Co-Founder, BDRB), David “Click” Cox (Co-Founder, BDRB), Shauna de Cartier (President, Six Shooter Records), Steve Kane (President, Warner Music), Erin Benjamin (President/CEO, Canadian Live Music Association), and performances by Jully Black and Shantel May.

The Declaration builds on the findings of last year’s unprecedented “Breaking Down Racial Barriers” roundtable, which featured more than 60 working Black music professionals discussing anti-Black racism throughout the Canadian music and entertainment industry. The 10-part series featured candid, at times uncomfortable, conversations on anti-Black racism and its impact on artists, live event producers, music creatives, economics, media, and the succession and retention of Black music professionals, including executives, throughout the music ecosystem.

“The BDRB Declaration to End Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Music Industry” commits signatories to measurable actions. Music industry leaders and practitioners will be expected to make an active, conscious, and ongoing effort to work against racism; to create mechanisms to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism; and to create actionable solutions with measurable outcomes. The Declaration acts as a precursor to the CIMA-commissioned BDRB Report on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry, which will arrive in the coming weeks.

Full event registration details here.
View the BDRB Declaration here.
Sign the BDRB Declaration (organizations and corporations) here.