SOCAN members will receive a major discount on regular registration rates ($99 instead of $399, CAD) to attend the fifth annual Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) conference, to be held at the University of Toronto on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 2019.

Taking a look at the future for Canadian creators of all kinds, DM@X is recommended to all students and professionals in digital media.

The program for the conference has been organized to be informative, wide-ranging and provocative. Following a review of revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada, individual panels will address the future of over-the-top video services, the impact of Google and Facebook News on print media, and changes in copyright policy. An expert from the European Union will provide an update on developments affecting local content creation in Europe.

And there will be a Town Hall meeting with members of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which is reviewing the federal legislation affecting the digital media sector.

There’s an impressive list of speakers, all of whom are directly involved in the digital media business, whether as producers, regulators, entrepreneurs or academics.

You can register here, and your SOCAN membership will be validated at the door.

The 2019 edition of the SOCAN Awards in Toronto will salute the remarkable work of Anglophone music publishers with the third annual Publisher of the Year Award. Publishers are invited to submit their nominations starting today, until the deadline of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

To be eligible, a publisher must be based in Canada, and their repertoire must be in large part Anglophone, or having had a significant Anglophone impact, creatively and commercially. A publisher with a representative who sits on the selection committee is not eligible for this award.

The award recognizes a publisher member who contributed in a significant and positive manner to the music industry and creative community during the year prior to the year of the next SOCAN Awards.

The eligibility period for the 2019 edition of the SOCAN Awards is from January 1 to December 31, 2018, and only the accomplishments which occurred during this period will be taken into consideration. A jury of music industry professionals will evaluate all the nominations.

Eligible publishers must submit nominations to SOCAN’s Events Team, at, no later than Jan. 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., EDT. The Publisher of the Year Award will be presented during the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on Monday, April 1, 2019. Publishers can download the submission form here.

In an interview with SOCAN, Serena Ryder discusses her beat-heavy songwriting process, and the supportive role of her musical family as she was growing up.