The SOCAN Vancouver team is re-locating to a more creative and stylish space, in the city’s historic district of Gastown, by the end of 2018.

The new space, in a building which has been restored and renovated over the years, is located close to Waterfront Station, the central transportation hub, making our new office easily accessible to members, licensees, and partners.

The Vancouver team will be fully re-located by the end of the year, but the current office will closed as of Oct. 26, 2018. Please contact our Membership team at 1-866-307-6226 for assistance until the new office opens.

SOCAN members can take advantage of one free song submission when they apply for the 17th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs). Enter in any album, EP, song, producer, video, or design category here, and you’ll receive a free song submission coupon with your receipt, which is good for use throughout the submission period.

SOCAN members who release their music independently are invited to submit their best work in more than 80 categories, until the deadline of Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The IMAs reward artistry and originality, and actively promote exceptional artists and releases to millions of music fans worldwide.

Submissions are reviewed by fans, peers, music icons, radio and festival programmers, media, Film & TV music supervisors, and bookers from venues throughout North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Winners and nominees can also benefit from IMA-arranged performance, distribution, and marketing opportunities – including a 12-week radio promotion campaign, and inclusion on IMA-branded streaming playlists.

Nominees will be announced in March 2019, and winners will be revealed on June 22, 2019, in New York City.

For her role in the ongoing revolution of uplifting Indigenous communities and their culture – using the medium of music as an agent of change, to awaken our humanity, and to help us connect – ShoShona Kish will receive the 2018 WOMEX (World  Music Expo) Professional Excellence Award. The award ceremonies will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on the Canary Islands of Spain.

The importance of the work of such artists, from within Indigenous communities, to change perceptions and de-construct stereotypes enacted by mainstream popular culture cannot be over-estimated, and ShoShona Kish is one of those artists: a singer, a musician, and a visionary.

SOCAN member Kish is half of the duo that co-fronts the band Digging Roots – along with her fellow member, husband Raven Kanatakta. Their musical style blends folk-rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop, and they have collaborated with musical colleagues such as Tanya Tagaq and DJ Bear Witness, of A Tribe Called Red.

On Oct. 27, 2018, the day before the awards ceremony, Kish will be interviewed by the Executive Director of Folk Alliance International, Aengus Finnan, during the WOMEX conference that precedes the awards.