SOCAN member composers are invited to submit an experimental piece in any electronic music genre (acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music, turntable art, or video music) to the Musicworks 2018 Electronic Music Composition Contest. The juried contest spotlights new musical talent, offers a cash prize and an opportunity to be heard.

The contest entry fee is $25 CDN (with each additional entry only $5 CDN, unlimited), and includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks magazine. First prize is $500 CDN cash, a composer profile in Musicworks, Issue 133 (both in print and online), and your composition released on the Musicworks 133 CD. Second prize is $200 CDN cash and composer coverage on in 2019, and third prize is $100 cash and composer coverage on in 2019. The contest closes October 26, 2018.

For further 2018 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, rules and restrictions, and entry forms, click here.

SOCAN has launched a redeveloped website,, offering visitors bolder visuals, and a more intuitive, straightforward, and user-friendly experience.

We’ve redesigned the site with our stakeholders in mind, providing our members, licensees, and music-loving others with an easy way to join or learn about SOCAN. Streamlined navigation and a compelling home page are just two of the ways that the site gives users better access to information about SOCAN, what we do, and who we work with.

Among the new features, the website offers music fans a space to stay connected with us and our members, a dynamic company FAQ, and integrated content from Words & Music magazine. The new is mobile-friendly – completely optimized for all devices and mobile platforms.

The home-page daily news has now moved to our online magazine, Words & Music. Similarly, our SOCAN blog, Music. People. Connected., and our video interviews, under the banner of SOCAN TV, can now be reached on Words & Music. All of our editorial content is now fully integrated and accessible from a single online platform, at


Please have a look around, at the new, and right here at the more complete SOCAN online magazine. Please let us know what you think, and what other content you’d like to see, in the comments section below.


Joe Robertson helped create a dental supply firm and sold it for millions before he turned 40, and then, with his wife Anita, became a major philanthropist in Southern Ontario, generously supporting SOCAN and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others. The couple, both 58, and their 24-year-old daughter Laura Robertson, were killed in a plane crash in Maine on July 30, 2018, as they flew to Prince Edward Island for a vacation.

A Harvard MBA graduate, Robertson and Anita took dental supply company Arcona Health Inc. from its founding into an organization with $65 million in annual sales, and more than 900 staff, before it was sold in 1998. After the Niagara-based couple retired, they became philanthropists, supporting not only SOCAN and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, but also Brock University in St. Catharines, the United Way, and Niagara Health.

“Joe Robertson was an integral part of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame show committee and board these past 18 months,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame. . “His passion for music and dedication to the success of our organization was so evident in everything he did for us.  We all had such respect for him, and his warmth and generosity will be terribly missed, moving forward.”

“Joe was a great friend of SOCAN,” said Michael McCarty, the organization’s Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “He was not only a huge music fan, but more specifically, a fan and student of songs and songwriters. We invited him into the Board of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he made a huge impact, generously donating his time, energy, business wisdom, creative ideas. He also leveraged his considerable contacts to generate tremendous sponsorship, VIP ticket revenue, and excitement for the organization.”

Joe and the Robertsons will be greatly missed. SOCAN extends its deepest condolences to their friends and extended family, and we thank them once again for their incredible support for music creation over the years.