A page in SOCAN’s history has been turned with today’s launch of our new public website, with bolder visuals, easier navigation, and a more intuitive, informative, and user-friendly experience.

The number-one goal of the redesign was to give SOCAN members, licensed businesses, and partners an easy way to join and/or learn about our organization. We developed a comprehensive user experience research strategy by talking to existing and future users.

“We wanted a website that was easier to use – a place where visitors can find the information they’re looking for quickly and easily. The needs of music creators, publishers, music users, and our partners are varied, and now they can navigate quickly to the tools, resources, and benefits that are most important to them,” says project lead and Communications & Marketing Manager Nicole Van Severen.

The website is more accessible than ever, with a fresh new look, an improved layout, more prominent calls-to-action to give users better access to useful information about SOCAN, what we do, and who we work with.

“We used important member feedback to significantly simplify the information architecture and enhance the overall look and feel. We’re now able to present a cleaner, easier-to-use website format that reflects our variety of rights-management offerings,” explains Saba Seyedi, Associate Product Manager, Member Digital Products, who spearheaded the user-research portion of the project.

Streamlined navigation and compelling pages are just a couple of ways that the new site gives users better access to useful information about SOCAN. The site also offers a dynamic company FAQ and integrated content from Words & Music magazine as well as greater member visuals across the website.

The new SOCAN.com is mobile-friendly – completely optimized for all devices and mobile platforms.

The completion of the project was the result of diligent and exhaustive user-experience research, planning, and work across nearly every department. Using an agile approach to short- and long-range planning, the site will receive updates and additions, to meet the changing needs of our members, music users, and other stakeholders, as well as our own ever-changing business.

Visit the new www.socan.com to start exploring!

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and SOCAN will host the Cue-Sheet-Palooza Hackathon, to be held in-person on Apr. 9-10, 2022, in Toronto. This one-of-a-kind event will provide software developers and designers, along with music and tech-industry mentors, the opportunity to showcase their creativity to not only re-think, but re-define the cue sheet process for screen composers and music publishers.

Partnering with the SCGC and SOCAN on the Hackathon are the Canada Council for the Arts, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC), the Société professionelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ), the SOCAN Foundation, Music Publishers Canada (MPC), the Canadian Guild of Music Supervisors (CGMS), and Devpost.

Cue sheets are lengthy documents that identify all of the music and its stakeholders in a particular screen production, in order to accurately distribute royalties; the process of using them has proven tedious and outdated. The Cue-Sheet-Palooza Hackathon will offer an opportunity to revolutionize how royalties are paid to music stakeholders for screen productions.

John Welsman, President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, said, “Cue Sheets are the means by which music creators register their musical works in audio-visual productions. They contain all of the information necessary to track and pay out performing and reproduction rights royalties to composers, songwriters, and music publishers. These royalties provide financial stability to the often unpredictable livelihoods of music creators, allowing them to keep doing what they do so well – creating music!”

“We’re only just beginning to realize the potential of technology to allow music creators to receive what they’ve rightfully earned from their work,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “This hackathon is an opportunity to bring speed and accuracy to what traditionally has been an extremely complicated process, and SOCAN is excited to see the results.”

Developer teams will use sponsor APIs (application program interfaces) or SDKs (software development toolkits) and other technology, to create a more efficient, user-friendly payment process for music professionals. Musiio, AI for the music industry, and Jaxsta, the world’s largest public-facing, dedicated database of official music credits, are the initial technology partners. SOCAN will also introduce its much-anticipated Cue Sheet API, billed as a game-changer for music creators and stakeholders.

The event will be judged by a roster of industry veterans, including award-winning screen composer Amin Bhatia; VP of CONNECT Music Licensing Catherine Jones; Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation Charlie Wall-Andrews;​​ Senior Manager of Broadcast Operations (Audio) at BellMedia Michael Nunan; and Mohamed Moutadayne, CTO & SVP of Product & Services at LyricFind.

Participants of the Hackathon will have the opportunity to work with experienced industry mentors, including technologist/media and entertainment industry professional Mathew Sherman, a 29-year veteran of BellMedia; composer/software developer Toby Sherriff; University of Toronto Adjunct Professor, Music Technology & Digital Media Program, Catherine Moore; Songwriter/Producer and founder of MDIIO, Justin Gray; Chief Technology Officer, Slaight Music, Barnaby Marshall;  VP Strategy and Operations at MDIIO, Ryan Maule; and Tobi Akinwumi, Manager – Product Management, Member Digital Products at SOCAN.

Teams will compete for cash prizes, and the winning team will also receive registrations for Canadian Music Week 2022, which is happening in April of 2022. Interested hackers can sign up to participate here. Want to sponsor or partner on Cue-Sheet-Palooza? contact us.

Legendary singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Joni Mitchell  accepted a Kennedy Center Honor, one of the most prestigious lifetime-achievement awards in American culture, at a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.

The iconic Mitchell – who’s faced health issues in the wake of an aneurysm in 2015 that left her temporarily unable to walk or talk – has come a long way back within a few short years, attending the gala in person, walking onto the stage to accept, and addressing her challenges with her usual humour, grace, and strength.

“I always think that polio was a rehearsal for the rest of my life,” she said as she accepted her award, referring to the disease she suffered aged nine. “I’ve had to come back several times from things. And this last one was a real whopper. But you know, I’m hobbling along, but I’m doing all right!” She also described the award as “a fantastic honour… enjoy yourselves, I’m gonna go back and sit down!”

Other honourees at the 44th annual edition of the event were singer-songwriter Bette Midler, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels (who’s originally from Canada), Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, and opera singer Justino Díaz. The show will be broadcast on CBS on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET.