We caught a fantastic show by RALPH at The Mod Club in Toronto, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Check out our photos from the event below!

And keep an eye on https://www.songsbyralph.com/ for upcoming shows!

SOCAN was pleased and proud to attend Our Night: The First Annual Tegan and Sara Foundation Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in the performance space of the Warner Music Group offices in Los Angeles. SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy, Director, A&R, and Camille Mathews, Los Angeles A&R Representative,  attended on behalf of SOCAN.

The night included a DJ Set by Samantha Ronson, comedy by Cameron Esposito, and an acoustic performance by Tegan and Sara themselves. While attending, Murphy and Mathews connected with Tegan and Sara’s managers, Nick Blasko and Piers Henwood. Other attendees included Drew Scott, the star of HGTV’s Property Brothers, and Chris Taylor, the Global President of Music at eOne Entertainment. We took the opportunity to let them know about SOCAN’s involvement in the Los Angeles music scene, and our dedication to providing continuous support for our members.

Proceeds from the event went to support Camp Brave Trails, a leadership summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, ages 12-18, located in California and Maryland. A few past campers and counselors offered testimonials about how much of a positive impact the camp has had on their lives.

The Tegan and Sara Foundation fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ+ girls and women. This mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social, and gender justice. In partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, the Foundation raises awareness and funds to address the inequalities currently preventing LGBTQ+ girls and women from reaching their full potential.

SOCAN was pleased to sign on to an open letter to federal lawmakers today, in which a coalition of like-minded organizations expressed desire to complete legislation that will see the term of copyright extended to the life of the copyright holder plus 70 years, under the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

The current law is only life plus 50 years, and Canada lags behind most nations, including the U.S., the U.K., and France. The letter was published as a full-page advocacy ad in The Hill Times, a leading publication followed closely by federal elected and appointed officials.

Adding 20 years to the life of copyright means a more robust creative sector, more Canadian cultural exports, and the growth of innovative businesses. The change will strengthen copyright, and help grow Canada’s music industry. We urge the government to enact term extension provisions so the tens of thousands of songwriters, composers, and music publishers we represent can continue making Canada globally competitive.

Other signatories to the letter were:

  • L’Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM)
  • The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA)
  • Music Publishers Canada
  • The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
  • La Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ)

The Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)