• Billboard magazine has recognized SOCAN’s Encore! program as a leader among performing rights organizations in paying royalties for live performances online during the pandemic
  • To help us through self-isolation, 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize-winning duo Partner is presenting a 10-episode weekly web series, Partner TV, filmed in November 2019, following the pair and their band on a 22-date U.S. tour with Titus Andronicus
  • Roch Voisine has founded an informal, charming group, The Silver Foxes, a project designed to reach out and comfort listeners during self-isolation
  • Bob D’Eith, a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Maple Ridge-Mission, B.C., has written an open letter saying that support for the music and arts industries is critical during the pandemic
  • ACTRA has started a petition calling on the federal government to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) beyond the current 16-week maximum period.
  • Nathalie Roy, the Québec Minister of Culture and Communications, responded to an open letter by 120 independent, freelance, and accompanist musicians who doubt that financial aid will reach them, saying that her department is “very sensitive to the situation of freelance artists”
  • Online classical music journal Ludwig Van asks, “Will you ever feel comfortable going to a concert again?”
  • Montréal daily Le Devoir has published a mock story, humorously contradicting self-isolation rules for symphony orchestras
  • Montebello Rockfest is going online this year, streaming scenes from thousands of unreleased hours of footage accumulated for nearly 15 years

For a complete list of resources, click on the image below.



In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN is continuing to operate at full capacity. To keep you posted about what we’re doing to adapt to the situation, and how we’re doing it, we present a series of SOCAN Leadership Updates – online video interviews with various SOCAN executives.

This time, SOCAN’s new interim Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Brown  discusses her work history at SOCAN, her musical family background, and her personal mantra.

The first Leadership Update video features Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty discussing his team’s work during the pandemic, including SOCAN’s $2 million enhanced emergency program for members. In another video, he offers suggestions for members in self-isolation, and there’s also one in which Jennifer Brown discusses her new role as interim CEO at SOCAN.

Stay tuned for more videos from the SOCAN team!



On May 23, 2020, Culture Country General Manager Nadia Houle unveiled the nominees for the 8th annual edition of the Gala Country, to be held in September 2020. In all, 13 Willie Awards are scheduled to be presented to Francophone Canadian and Anglophone Quebec artists and craftspeople who’ve distinguished themselves over the past year.

Culture CountryFor the first time, this year’s Gala Country edition will be presented as part of the ever-popular St-Tite Western Festival. While the Festival’s 20th edition has been cancelled due to the current situation, Gala Country still wished to draw the public’s attention to the work of country music creators. Culture Country is now working on a new concept that follows current public health requirements.

SOCAN will partner with Gala Country again this year, sponsoring the Songwriter of the Year award, for which the nominees are Beauséjour, Danny Boudreau, Frank Williams, Joseph Stephen, and Léa Jarry. SOCAN will reward the winner with a free creative stay at the SOCAN House in Nashville.

This year’s most nominated artists are Beauséjour, with five nominations; Phil G. Smith and Véronique Labbé, with four each; Karo Laurendeau, Léa Jarry, and Cindy Bédard with three apiece; and Laurence Jalbert and Matt Lang, both of whom earned two nods.

 Once again this year, the public is invited to vote for the artists of their choice in one of the categories by voting, no more than once a day, until Aug. 21, 2020. People’s choices will make up 40% of the final scores.

To vote, visit https://culturecountry.com/.

Complete list of nominees:

ORIGINAL SONG ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • SI ON Y ALLAIT (PATRICK NORMAN)
  • BEAUSÉJOUR
  • UNE MINUTE (VÉRONIQUE LABBÉ)
  • LE MÊME CHEMIN (ANICK GAGNON)
  • TRENTE-TROIS (HERT LEBLANC)

COVERS ALBUM OF THE YEAR  

  • MERCI MES AMIS (CONRAD BEAUDIN)
  • LAURENCE JALBERT AU PAYS DE NANA MOUSKOURI (LAURENCE JALBERT)
  • HÉRITAGE DE NOËL (RENÉ TURGEON)
  • LE TEMPS QUI FILE (SYLVAIN BOUDREAU)

 SOCAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

  • BEAUSÉJOUR
  • DANNY BOUDREAU
  • FRANK WILLIAMS
  • JOSEPH STEPHEN
  • LÉA JARRY

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • LUCILLE STARR (SINGER-SONGWRITER: BEAUSÉJOUR)
  • LA GIBSON DE MON PÈRE (PERFORMER: PATRICK NORMAN, SONGWRITER: DANNY BOUDREAU)
  • ENCORE BELLE (PERFORMER: MANON BÉDARD, SONGWRITER : PASCAL ALLARD)
  • ON FAIT DU COUNTRY (SINGER-SONGWRITER: PHIL G. SMITH, COMPOSER: JOHN-ANTHONY GAGNON-ROBINETTE)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR, SPONSORED BY PAJA COMMUNICATIONS

  • BEAUSÉJOUR
  • LÉA JARRY
  • PHIL G. SMITH
  • VERANDA

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  • COUNTRYFEST TRANSACADIENNE
  • FESTIROULE COUNTRY DE TROIS-RIVIÈRES
  • FESTIVAL COUNTRY DE LOTBINIÈRE

RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR  

  • AVENUE DU FAR WEST WITH SYLVAIN CARON AND DANY CÔTÉ
  • ÇA SONNE COUNTRY WITH VALÉRIE CORMIER
  • EN ROUTE VERS L’OUEST WITH VÉRONIQUE LABBÉ
  • DESTINATION NEW COUNTRY WITH KARO LAURENDEAU
  • RADIO SHOW WITH BENOIT BÉLANGER

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

  • ALLER-RETOUR COUNTRY WITH KARO LAURENDEAU
  • CHANSON VIA COUNTRY WITH VIATEUR CARON AND PATRICIA CARON
  • STAR COUNTRY WITH ROBERT DOYON
  • TOUT SIMPLEMENT COUNTRY WITH GUYLAINE TANGUAY

GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • ALEX AND ALEXANDRE JR MEUNIER
  • BEAUSÉJOUR
  • LENDEMAIN DE VEILLE
  • LES TICKY JONES SYLDAN

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • CINDY BÉDARD
  • KARO LAURENDEAU
  • LAURENCE JALBERT
  • LÉA JARRY
  • VÉRONIQUE LABBÉ

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • LAURIE LEBLANC
  • MATT LANG
  • PATRICK NORMAN
  • PHIL G. SMITH
  • RENÉ TURGEON

SHOW OF THE YEAR

  • CINDY BÉDARD
  • MATT LANG
  • MON CŒUR EST UNE ÎLE (BRIGITTE LEBLANC)
  • MON PARTY COUNTRY (VÉRONIQUE LABBÉ)
  • ON FAIT DU COUNTRY (PHIL G. SMITH)