Three finalists announced for SOCAN Publisher of the Year Award

Representatives of the three finalists for SOCAN’s inaugural Anglophone Publisher of the Year Award. Left to right: Vince Degiorgio of Cymba Music, Jennifer Mitchell of Red Brick Music Publishing, and Gary Furniss of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada.
May 10, 2017

SOCAN announced today that Cymba Music, Red Brick Music Publishing, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are the three finalists vying for our inaugural Anglophone Publisher of the Year Award, to be presented at the next SOCAN Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, on June 19, 2017. The award recognizes a publisher member who has made a significant and positive impact on both the music business and the creative community during the year previous to that of the Awards.

All candidacies were evaluated by a jury of music industry professionals, comprised of five members: three designated by SOCAN, and one each by the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the Songwriters Association of Canada.

After more than two decades in operation, in 2016 Cymba Music Publishing – a creative, song-first company – went through a dramatic re-branding, growing the roles of its staff and opening the doors to new writers, to add to an already globally established presence. In 2016, Cymba added Halifax East Coast Music Award nominee Reeny Smith, urban pop/TV personality Keshia Chanté, and cemented the careers of producer Ari Rhodes and Davor Vulama. Cymba nurtured the development of key staff members in 2016, including Libby Elming and Amy Lloyd, allowing each a greater role in networking on behalf of the company. Cymba has long supported its roster of songwriters with an on-site writing room, international song camps, creative development opportunities, a company conference, mentorship, and more. Cymba President Vince Degiorgio has been involved as a writer, curator and producer of almost 100 writing camps in his career. Cymba staff members and writers also pride themselves on their advocacy work.

In 2016, Red Brick Music Publishing signed Matthew Angus of Fast Romantics, winner of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize that year, and all-songwriting trio The Dirty Nil. Pursuing multi-media song placement and creative development, Red Brick works closely with songwriters to further their career goals. This includes radio promotion, public relations, soliciting labels and managers, and strengthening industry contacts. Recent successes include Top 20 radio singles for Dan Davidson, a four-time winner at the 2017 Alberta Country Music Awards; Jeen O’Brien, who continues co-writing songs for Japanese pop artists; and Milos Angelov is, who’s co-writing at sessions throughout Europe, with a gold single in Sweden and Italy. Red Brick is the publisher for Canadian labels Paper Bag Records, Hidden Pony Records, Outside Music, and Cadence Music Group. It also represents many catalogues in Canada – including the estate of John Lennon (including "Imagine"), Bill Withers, and ABKCO (including The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction"), and songs like Shawn Mendes' "Treat You Better" and The Weeknd's "Often."

Sony/ATV Music Publishing represents more than three million copyrights. In 2016 Sony/ATV Canada signed the song catalogue of Oscar Peterson. Sony/ATV’s home office in Toronto includes two in-house writing room studios, and a third, separate, writers’ space. The Canadian office provides access to a network of 37 offices in 29 cities and 22 countries worldwide. In 2016, the office pro-actively arranged more than 600 songwriting collaborations for its roster of 45 Canadian writers, including Chantal Kreviazuk, Lights, Dave "Dwave" Thomson, Thomas "Tawgs" Salter and Rob Wells. Collaborations in 2016 have resulted in domestic charting singles for, among others, Mother, Virginia to Vegas, Arkells, Trevor Guthrie, Jessica Mitchell, and USS, and international song covers, including those by Dua Lipa and Britney Spears. New talent signings in 2016 included Tep No, Kiki Rowe, and Aaron Fontwell. Sony/ATV Canada’s artist development resulted in the signing of international label deals in 2016 by Elise LeGrow, MacKenzie Porter and USS. Billy Talent’s album Afraid of Heights went No. 1 in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2016, Sony/ATV’s Canadian songwriters were involved in projects that were recognized with 23 SOCAN Awards, three JUNO Awards, two Canadian Screen Awards, and three Polaris Prize nominations. Last year, Sony/ATV licensed more than 1,000 synch placements in Canada, including Orphan Black, The Good Witch, Schitt’s Creek, Trailer Park Boys, and Dragon’s Den.

SOCAN congratulates all three finalist publishers on their great achievements in 2016!