Words & Music is pleased to extend its helpful “how-to” series for our members, “The Breakdown,” into the realm of short, question-and-answer videos.

In this episode, SOCAN A&R Representative Racquel Villagante talks with Miranda Bonavia, who manages the careers of reclusive, highly successful singer-songwriter Allan Rayman and upcoming Indigenous artist Ruby Waters.

This time, Bonavia provides some advice for independent songwriters and producers releasing music during the pandemic.

SOCAN members Art Bergmann, Michel Cusson, and Brian Cherney were among 61 recipients named as members of the Order of Canada on Dec. 30, 2020, for their achievements as Canadian musicians and composers.

Singer-songwriter Art Bergmann was awarded for his indelible contributions to the Canadian punk music scene, and for his thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities.

Screen composer and former Uzeb mainstay Michel Cusson was honoured for his role in the evolution of jazz across Canada, and for his acclaimed contributions to the entertainment industry.

Brian Cherney was recognized for his lifelong devotion to Canadian music, as an internationally renowned composer, educator, and scholar.

The three members will be inducted into the Order of Canada during an in-person ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, to be  scheduled once public health measures allow. SOCAN congratulates Bergmann, Cusson, and Cherney on their great achievements!

SOCAN’s 2021 Board of Directors self-nomination process is now open. SOCAN members who received royalties in the 2020 calendar year are eligible to run for a Director position on the SOCAN Board of Directors by filling out a self-nomination form and obtaining a minimum of 25 signatures from SOCAN members who are eligible to vote in the 2021 election. A writer must be nominated by 25 eligible writer members, and a publisher must be nominated by 25 eligible publisher members. The process closes on Feb. 15, 2021.

Do your part to create a bright future for SOCAN writers, composers and publishers. The SOCAN Board of Directors is comprised exclusively of SOCAN members. They’re elected by, and accountable to, its members. The Board is responsible for working with the SOCAN leadership team to set and manage the strategic plan for the company, approving budgets, and working with the CEO to develop, implement, and monitor policy that allows SOCAN to carry out its work.

SOCAN members who received performing rights royalties in the 2020 calendar year will be able to cast their votes and elect the Board of Directors for the 2021-2024 term. Voting begins in April of 2021. Eligible voters can only vote by logging into their SOCAN online Account. The Board of Directors for the 2021-2024 term will be announced at SOCAN’s 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Learn more about the SOCAN Board of Directors Elections.