SOCAN will present its first-ever “Cookin’ Songs” event at the 2022 online edition of the BreakOut West conference. Based on our ever-popular “Cookin’ Beats” events at various music conferences, “Cookin’ Songs” will break down songs, revealing how great ones come about, how they’re iterated, and how they change between the writing room, the studio, and the airwaves. Attendees can discover how writing and collaborating with other writers, and writing for other projects, can help enrich their own songwriting. “Cookin’ Songs” will feature Houtan Hodania, Creative Executive, SOCAN; Ryan Worsley, producer/songwriter/mixer, echoplant sound; Stefanie Johnson, artist and songwriter of the band Mise en Scene; and Rebecka Svarare Digervall, of the band The Magnettes, from Sweden. It’s scheduled for Thursday, Feb 3, 2022, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. CST.

Houtan will also participate in an “Unraveling Rights & Royalties” panel on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. CST, presented by The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA). Navigating the multi-faceted Canadian music rights and royalties ecosystem critical to earning a living as an artist, and this collaborative workshop will engage attendees with each stream of royalties and its associated rights. In addition to Houtan, the panelists are Andrea Kessler, Manager, Musician Services, Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC); Andrew Karis, Interim Manager, ACTRA RACS; Catherine Jones, Vice President, CONNECT Music Licensing; Rebecca Webster, Director of Industry Relations & Communications, Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA); and Stephen Carroll, Director, Music Programs, Manitoba Film & Music.

As well, SOCAN Foundation will present a pop-up installment of its Equity X Production Mentorship Program, which was developed in response to research conducted by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which found that women made up only 2.1% of producers on the top 100 hundred Billboard songs from 2012 to 2018. That report also validated that female producers are under-represented 47 to 1 by male producers. Join the Foundation’s three days of production workshops for beginners, covering topics including workflow, MIDI, audio, mixing, and rendering. The workshops are slated for Thursday, Feb 3; Friday, Feb. 4; and Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST each day.

For a full schedule of  BreakOut West events, click here; to register, click here. We hope to see you there!