SOCAN is everywhere at CMW 2017!

At the Canadian Radio Music Awards on April 19, SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, presented the SOCAN Song of the Year for Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” (Photo: Andreas Rizek)
April 25, 2017

SOCAN was everywhere at Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2017 in Toronto, as we presented awards to Justin Beiber, Gus Van Go, Port Cities, and Toronto’s Drake Hotel; delivered a keynote speech; participated in a panel; hosted the SOCAN booth; and cheered on both our members and licensees as they won various other honours.

At the Canadian Radio Music Awards on April 19, SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, presented the SOCAN Song of the Year for Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” Bieber also won the Charttopper Award, and other double-award winners included SOCAN members Ruth B and Alessia Cara, while The Strumbellas led the pack, earning three CRMAs.


Ian MacNeil of The Drake Hotel in Toronto accepts the SOCAN Licensed To Play Award from SOCAN’s Jennifer Brown (background) at the second annual Live Music Industry Awards during Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2017. (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)

At the second annual edition of Live Music Industry Awards on the same day, SOCAN Vice President, Licensing, Jennifer Brown, presented the SOCAN Licensed To Play Award to Ian MacNeil of The Drake Hotel in Toronto. Other award winners Licensed To Play by SOCAN included The Carleton Music Bar and Grill in Halifax, The Osheaga Festival in Montréal, the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, and the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto.


Port Cities’ Dyan Guthro and one of his co-writers, Dana Beeker, receive a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for the band’s “Back to the Bottom.” Left to right: SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron, Port Cities’ Breagh Mackinnon, co-writer Dana Beeker, Port Cities’ Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone, and SOCAN’s Andreas Rizek. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

SOCAN also presented three No.1 Song Awards during CMW 2017. One was given to Halifax trio Port Cities, for their song “Back To The Bottom,” written by band member Dylan Guthro, along with Dana Beeker and Gordie Sampson, and published by Port Cities Music and No Such Music (administered by BMG Rights Management Canada), which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart on Feb. 23, 2017.

The other two went to producer Gus Van Go, for co-writing – with Fast Romantics lead singer and songwriter Matthew Angus – the band's song "Why We Fight," published by Red Brick Music Publishing and Postwar Inc., which peaked on the same chart on Feb. 9, 2017; and for co-writing – with Whitehorse’s Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland – the duo’s song “Downtown,” which reached the top of the same chart on Jan. 23, 2015.


Gus Van Go receives two SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards, for co-writing Fast Romantics’ “Why We Fight” and Whitehorse's "Downtown." Left to right: SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy and Andreas Rizek; Gus Van Go; and SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

At the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on April 20, SOCAN members Jann Arden and 54.40 were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, as was promoter/manager Arthur Fogel. SOCAN members  Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush received the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award,and Warner Chappel Music Publishing won Music Publisher of the Year.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and COO Jeff King delivered a 20-minute keynote presentation, “Re-Inventing SOCAN,” during the Global Creators Summit on April 21 at the host hotel. Baptiste discussed SOCAN’s investments in technology, and top talent for its executive team, and creating a culture of confidence and proactivity. King talked about purchasing Audiam and Medianet, working with SODRAC in the future, and becoming a global data/tech company.


SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste makes a point as COO Jeff King looks on during their keynote presentation at CMW 2017. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

Directly afterward, Baptiste followed up as a participant in the panel discussion, “Is There a Futrure for Collective Management Organizations?”, alongside moderator moderator Chris Cooke, of Unlimited Media/CMU in the U.K., and panelists Ian MacKay of the Re:Sound Music Licensing Company in Canada, and Tomas Ericsson of AMRA in the U.S. Baptiste pointed to SOCAN’s future as a global collective management organization originating in Canada. “Collective management has created a lot of value for our members worldwide,” he said. “At the end of the day, we only have one mission, one obsession: to get more money into the hands of songwriters, composers and music publishers.”

SOCAN Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty was one of six judges in the CMW Startup Launch Pad, a “pitch” competition for new Canadian businesses that are based in or connected to the music industry, held on April 19. JamStack, a hand-held, miniaturized guitar amplifier system, won this year’s prize, which consisted of $5,000 cash from SOCAN and $5,000 cash from LyricFind, legal services, strategic consulting services, one-on-one meetings with each of the judges, a 15-minute presentation to the industry during the Global Creators Summit, and a post-conference e-mail blast from CMW after the conference.

From April 19-22, we maintained the SOCAN booth at the host hotel, The Sheraton Centre, where several songwriters joined the organization, and various members dropped by to connect, charge their cellphones and tablets, and grab some sugary candy for fuel.