SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as part of CISAC delegation, to discuss global challenges of creators. Baptiste, who’s also the Board Chairperson of CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), joined the organization’s President, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Director General, Gadi Oron, to meet with Guterres in New York City on Oct. 8, 2018.

The meeting focused on CISAC’s global role in promoting economic and cultural development, and the power of creators as an engine for economic growth. The group also addressed the need for increased protections for creators in the digital market, especially since the challenges of the digital world, have created a pressing need for solutions at a global level. The meeting explored ways in which UN institutions can put greater focus on the promotion of creators’ rights and interests online, and how creators’ protections can be integrated into the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Another area of exploration was how CISAC can contribute to the goals related to work and economic growth, and promote inclusive and sustainable innovation technology.

Basil Phoenix, Amanda Cygnaeus

Basil Phoenix, Amanda Cygnaeus

At a 2018 SOCAN Kenekt Song Camp, held on Pender Island, in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Sept. 18-24, we were pleased and proud to once again support our members’ business in music, and to foster and encourage them in the art of creating the music itself. The song camp allowed us the opportunity to leverage our influence, reach, and connections to help our talented members benefit from an expanded opportunity to collaborate.

Run by SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron-Passley and Racquel Villagante, the song camp was a unique, productive initiative. It gathered together 11 songwriters and five producers in the bucolic atmosphere of the Whale Pod Chalet and Buddha Cottage, just off the BC coastline.

Each morning, the participants received their briefing and group assignments, then spent the day and evening in those small groups of three or four, collaborating to create new songs. Each night, the entire population of the camp gathered in the studio to listen to the playback of the songs created that day. In one week of writing, the participants created 24 new songs, which broadly ranged across a variety of styles, tempos, and topics.


Prado, Kayo

Prado, Kayo

The participants were hugely inspired by the camp. “The process really fine-tunes your skills, and is the best possible way to work with so many creators in a short amount of time. I’m leaving this camp a better writer, and with some amazing memories and friendships,” said Matthew V. “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about my experience since the camp ended, and I’ve been feeling so overwhelmingly inspired and thankful! It truly was an unforgettable experience, and it’s so wonderful that SOCAN does such special things like this,” said Loony. “How quickly strangers can become family… Each day of writing was filled with such great moments and memories that’ll live forever in the songs we created… I can’t thank SOCAN enough for this life-changing experience,” said Kayo

“Song camps are such a great way of adding value to our members’ creative efforts, in a nurturing, inspiring environment,” said SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron-Passley. “There’s no doubt that some of the working relationships established in this camp will continue on, and that some of the songs created here will reach a wide audience – as several from previous SOCAN song camps already have.”

The group has already been planning a reunion at the SOCAN L.A. House, and their excitement in showing these songs to their publishers, management, and labels, as well as their desire to get these songs pitched and placed, was evident even a week after the camp.

The participating SOCAN members (except where noted) were:

Amanda Cygnaeus (STIM, Sweden)
Basil Phoenix
Kayleigh O’Connor
Luca Fogale
Mathew V
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Sammy Plotkin (BMI, U.S.)

Felix Leone
Jay Century
Robyn Dell’Unto

As a singer-songwriter, radio host, and respected member of the music world, Jim Corcoran has fully earned his place in the hearts of Québecers. Corcoran is well known for his unconditional love of the French language, and he’s always saluted his peers in the Francophone music universe throughout his career; at the 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards, it was our turn to salute him. Here’s an exclusive interview with Corcoran, as well as a few snippets from his acceptance speech during the 2018 SOCAN Montréal Gala.