SOCAN Foundation and SiriusXM launch inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards

August 1, 2017

The SOCAN Foundation and SiriusXM Canada have collaborated to create and launch the inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards, which will benefit and celebrate Young Canadian Songwriters.  

This partnership establishes a national talent competition of popular music songwriters aged 21 or under. Five $5,000 (CDN) prizes will be awarded to the winners, and applicants will be reviewed by a jury of songwriters and music industry professionals. To be eligible, applicants must be 21 years of age or younger at the award’s submission deadline, be the original creator of the submission entered into the competition, and be or become a member of SOCAN and register their song with SOCAN.

“The fostering of young talent is often under-served, despite it being a crucial and difficult period in their artistic development,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, SOCAN Foundation Director.  This platform will allow us to celebrate the upcoming generation of Canadian songwriting and music creativity.”

“Supporting the creation of Canadian content, and the growth of Canadian artists, is incredibly important to us,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Every songwriter starts somewhere, and we're happy to help further their development.”

The Young Canadian Songwriter Awards is cultivated under SOCAN Foundation’s mandate, to foster Canadian music creation and promote a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society.

SiriusXM is a proud supporter of SOCAN Foundation, and has a legacy of supporting and furthering the best emerging Canadian music. Through Canadian English and Francophone music channels, SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists.

Since 1992, SOCAN Foundation has presented the Young Composer Awards, which provides cash prizes to young Canadian concert music composers and in 2008, created the Young Audio-Visual Composer Awards. These awards are now accepting applications, along with the inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca to learn more about the awards, and to apply by Aug. 20, 2017.