Attention SOCAN members! YOU can nominate yourself as a candidate for our Board of Directors

February 15, 2018

SOCAN members, do you want a greater voice in determining how SOCAN works? Would you like to have more influence on our direction as an organization? Do you want to help steer SOCAN where you believe it should go?

Then nominate yourself as a candidate for our Board of Directors election in 2018.

If you’re a writer member – or representative of a publishing company – who received performing rights royalties from SOCAN in the 2017 calendar year, then you’re eligible to self-nominate for the Board, then stand in the election.

If you’re eligible, you can self-nominate by petition, which requires a minimum of 25 signatures of members who are themselves eligible to vote for you. If you’re a writer, you must obtain the signatures of writer members; if you’re a music publisher, of publisher members. Just submit your petition to SOCAN by, March 2, 2018. SOCAN will add any self-nominated member to the 2018 ballot, once they’ve confirmed and accepted their nomination in writing. You can see more information on the nomination process here, and apply here.

Current and former SOCAN Board members attest to the satisfactions and advantages of helping to steer the direction of the organization while serving on its governing body.

"As a songwriter/composer who has earned royalties as my primary source of income throughout my career, it seemed only natural to get involved on the board of SOCAN,” says Stan Meissner, current President of the SOCAN Board of Directors, and longtime Board member. “Given the change and upheaval in our industry, fresh ideas and new approaches are more important than ever and, as a SOCAN director, I find these challenges very fulfilling. It's been especially gratifying for me to see our members’ revenues more than double in the time I've served on the board."

“As an independent music publisher, I have a unique point of view and skill set,” says current Board member, music publisher Jennifer Mitchell, of Casablanca Media Publishing Inc./Red Brick Songs. “Being part of the SOCAN Board allows me to address perspectives voiced by our songwriters as well as fellow publishers."

"As musicians and songwriters we often leave the 'business' side of things to others, sometimes to our detriment,” says Jim Vallance, former Board member and iconic Bryan Adams and Steve Tyler co-writer. “As a SOCAN director, my knowledge and understanding of the music business improved immeasurably, as did the opportunity for me to contribute."

Among the key behavioural skills required for the board are an ability to present your views clearly, frankly and constructively; a willingness and ability to listen respectfully; an ability to ask questions in a way that contribute positively to discussion; flexibility; and dependability. Among the personal qualities that best serve the board are integrity; the courage to ask tough questions, and voice support of, or opposition to, proposals; loyalty to the members’ interests; good judgment; perspective; and a commitment to learning.

Board members should have music industry experience, and need to understand SOCAN’s business environment, so they can participate in developing strategy and monitoring results. They also need to be able to read and understand financial statements, and require wisdom, judgment and common sense; skill in human relations; the ability to prioritize multiple and complex issues; the ability to perform as a member of a team, contributing to collective decision-making; and the ability to communicate clearly.

The Board is made up of 18 Directors – nine writers and nine publishers – representing the East, the West and Québec. Six directors must be Francophone, three must represent new classical music and one must represent audiovisual music. Elected Directors hold office for three years, and the next term is 2018 through 2021. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting and managing the strategic plan for SOCAN, approval of the budget, working with the CEO, and developing and setting policies in areas such as tariffs and distribution, and membership.