SOCAN raises its profile in Sweden

The songwriters and the man from SOCAN at the High Coast Songwriting Camp in Sweden. Left to right: Gerald O'Brien; Victoria Duffield; SOCAN General Manager, Los Angeles Division Chad Richardson; and Joe Cruz.
November 2, 2016

SOCAN raised its profile in Sweden recently, as our General Manager, Los Angeles Division, Chad Richardson

  • attended The High Coast Songwriting Camp on Ulvön Island, along with three of our member songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Victoria Duffield, and Joe Cruz;
  • lectured about pop songwriting, explained the U.S./Canadian music market, and provided demo critiques at the songwriting school Musik Makarna -- the most established and respected educational institution in the country for songwriters and producers -- in the town of Örnsköldsvik; and
  • met in Stockholm with representatives of the Swedish performing rights organization STIM, as well as the music publishers 10 Music Publishing and Scandinavian Songs.

Said Gerald O'Brien of the song camp, "It was an amazing event, outstanding location and an incredible group of writers, producers and artists. I was proud to be one of the three people chosen from Canada... Really look forward to doing it again next year!" Said Victoria Duffield, "It was a phenomenal experience that has helped to positively enhance my songwriting skill set and allowed me to meet so many incredible writers and producers from Sweden, the U.K., Holland, and the U.S." Said Joe Cruz, "One could not ask for a more perfect writing retreat. Some great songs were written. Thanks to Chad Richardson and SOCAN!"

Said One of the Musik Makarna school's teachers, renowned Swedish Producer Niclas Lundin, who also ran the song camp: “We were greatly honoured to have Chad Richardson from SOCAN visit to share his insight on the music industry in the U.S. and Canada. The students were greatly encouraged. Since it's a big focus for Swedish songwriters and producers to reach across the Atlantic, Richardson's experience and knowledge was of great value in the pursuit of that dream for several students. We hope that his lecture is the first step in a deep relationship between Musik Makarna and SOCAN.”