From the 2018 SOCAN Awards, our members reveal their favourite songwriters, or best-loved songs, as we hear from Burton Cummings, Sarah McLachlan, Dear Rouge, Alysha Brilla, Murray McLauchlan, and Shawn Hook. The first answer might surprise you!



We’re pleased and proud to report that global hit songwriter and Canadian star Tebey has signed an agreement with SOCAN to collect his royalties throughout the world. Tebey signed the deal while accompanied by SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, and A&R Representative Melissa Cameron-Passley.

“I’m beyond excited to be back with SOCAN for the worldwide collection of my royalties. I first met Rodney Murphy as an 18-year-old kid trying to break into the industry,” said Tebey.

“It’s extra special coming full circle like this.  Rodney’s one of the best creatives in our industry, and his passion for music and its creators is unmatched.”

“It’s a real pleasure to be able to sign Tebey to a worldwide deal with SOCAN,” said Murphy. “Not only is he a prolific and globally successful professional songwriter ‘behind the scenes,’ but he’s also a star singer-songwriter in his home and native land, as well. SOCAN couldn’t be happier to be working with him again, throughout the world.”

Tebey is a multi-genre songwriter and recording artist originally from Peterborough, ON, but now living in Nashville.  Over the years, his songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in pop music, from One Direction and FLO RIDA, to Fifth Harmony and Cher.  His song “All About Tonight” (recorded by Pixie Lott) was a No. 1 single in the U.K., and was nominated for Single of The Year at the prestigious Brit Awards.  Tebey has seen eight of his songs reach No. 1 internationally, including country artist Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will,” which became his first No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 2017.  Last year was a particularly successful one for Tebey, as two of his co-writes reached No. 1 on the Canadian country music charts: “Dive Bar” by Gord Bamford, and his own single, “Who’s Gonna Love You.”  As a recording artist in his own right, Tebey has had three Top Five singles, and four Top 10s.

SOCAN welcomes Tebey back, and congratulates him on his great success!



SOCAN is proud to be among the funding organizations supporting the National Indigenous Music Impact Study — the first of its kind in Canada — which will examine the strengths, challenges, successes and opportunities in the Indigenous music industry in Canada.

The study is looking to hear from any and every person involved in the Indigenous music community; anybody who creates, promotes, and/or supports it in Canada. The study hopes to create a better understanding of the contribution and impact of the community on Canada, with a view to use the resulting information to strengthen and grow it, and its music business, in Canada.

You can support the future of Indigenous music in Canada by completing the survey, and all respondents will have their names entered in two draws, each with a $1,000 cash prize. To help shape the future, and get a chance to win cash, click here!