On Aug. 19, 2021, SOCAN A&R Executive in Montréal, Sara Dendane, met with the aspiring talent of the latest edition of Star Académie, TVA’s popular talent contest broadcast in Québec, and hosted an information session about the role SOCAN plays in the careers of Canadian songwriters, composers, screen composers, and music publishers.

SOCAN 101 offers basic educational training on how SOCAN works, what its mission is, and what it offers to members. Dendane also took this opportunity to talk with the participants about their aspirations, and how SOCAN can help them reach their goals.

The “academics” in attendance were Rosalie Ayotte, Shayan Heidari, Maeva, Zara, Olivier Faubert, Matt Moln, and Dashny as well as Meghan Oak and Jacob Roberge remotely.

 



SOCAN has presented dance-pop duo The Darcys – Jason Couse and Wes Marskell – with two No. 1 Song Awards: one for co-writing “Better Days,” which topped the CBC Music Top 20 on Jan. 2, 2020; and one for co-writing “Look Me in the Eyes,” which topped the same chart on Oct. 22, 2020.

Although the songs were written under different circumstances, both became pandemic anthems, at different points within the past 18 months.

Since current health regulations prevent SOCAN from presenting a No. 1 Song Award plaque to The Darcys in person, SOCAN A&R Representative Melissa Cameron-Passley bestowed it to them via video instead. And we took the opportunity of the occasion to add to our “Top Secrets” video series, as the duo explains how the songs were written.

Currently independent, The Darcys were previously signed to a four-album deal with Arts & Crafts. Their 2013 album Warring was nominated for a JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year; was a long list nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize; and spawned and a 50-date worldwide tour.



SOCAN today confirmed that music rights organization SESAC of Nashville has purchased Audiam, the music publishing digital rights reproduction collection agency, from SOCAN.

The acquisition empowers SESAC to leverage Audiam’s claiming, income tracking and reporting technology and services, expanding its global service offerings to songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Audiam will remain under the leadership of Jamie Purpora, who has more than 20 years of experience in music publishing administration and has successfully led the Audiam team since 2015.

Jennifer Brown, SOCAN CEO, said, “SOCAN is delighted to complete this agreement with SESAC. Since our acquisition of Audiam in 2016, the organization has exceeded expectations, but the time is right for Audiam to continue its next phase with a new parent organization. We look forward to seeing this new chapter for Audiam as the organization benefits from new synergy with SESAC.”

SESAC Chairman and CEO John Josephson said, “SESAC is acquiring Audiam with the intention of supporting the existing management team, and to act as a supportive strategic partner and capital provider. We anticipate a seamless transition in ownership with no disruption to the Audiam business activities as a result of this transaction. Going forward, we believe this will position SESAC well for enhanced growth of our multi-rights, multi-territory global rights management business and continued delivery of best-in-class service to our affiliates, licensees and commercial partners.”

As part of the agreement, financial terms were not disclosed. SOCAN will retain a minority share in Audiam.