The SOCAN Foundation has announced the participants for the second edition of the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship. The incubator is an exciting new program that provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their skills of entrepreneurship, while providing them with the tools and resources needed to turn their talent into a sustainable career. The incubator is made possible with the generous support of TD.

“The program is designed to identify, celebrate, and support the next generation of music creators that have demonstrated extraordinary potential,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation.

After reviewing nearly 1,000 submissions, the Foundation was pleased to announce that the following music creators have been accepted into the 2020 edition of the program:

  • Idman Abdulkadir (Ontario)
  • Caitlin Canning (British Columbia)
  • Charmie Deller (Ontario)
  • Elsa Gebremichael (Ontario)
  • Emily Gifford (Ontario)
  • Babette Hayward (Nova Scotia)
  • Mikey Jose (British Columbia)
  • Jacky Leung (Ontario)
  • Charles Lowe (Quebec)
  • Manuela Wuthrich (Alberta)
  • Muhammad Mneina (Manitoba)
  • Madison Olds (British Columbia)
  • Prisca Pange-Ibinimion (Alberta)
  • Nicholas Ramsahoye (Ontario)
  • Lara Rawadi (Quebec)
  • Claire Ridgely (Quebec)
  • Michael Simard (Quebec)
  • Scott  Spicker (British Columbia)
  • Teddy Thomason (Nova Scotia)
  • Mariah Wheeler (Ontario)

Click here to meet the participants.

Each participant in the program will receive:

  • A cash grant of up to $3,000, intended to defray start-up costs (such as those spent on marketing, business development, branding, etc.);
  • Mentorship by an industry professional; and
  • Access to an exclusive webinar series led by industry professionals and experts, to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants.

Five of the participants who demonstrate the greatest potential, and most significantly benefit from the program, will be invited to Toronto to complete a three-day residency, during which they’ll have studio time at the Slaight Studio, an opportunity to showcase their work, and an additional mentorship opportunity with an established songwriter chosen by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF). The residency portion of the program is established by the CSHF with the support of SOCAN Foundation, Slaight Music, and Kobalt Publishing.

SOCAN members in the entire Canadian Francophonie, take note: you can register now for the 52nd edition of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby (FICG), which will be held Aug. 10-29, 2020. Once again this year, SOCAN will be a partner of this major event.

The main competitive segment, the Grand Concours Hydro-Québec, is a key platform for emerging performers and singer-songwriters. Not only will the 24 selected participants share more than $100,000 in prizes, they’ll also benefit from intensive training sessions hosted by seasoned music-industry professionals.

Among those, SOCAN will present a training workshop on repertoire, vocal techniques, interpretation, lyric writing, stage presence, and arrangements. The trainers will work with each participant to help them fine-tune their material. Information workshops on the various aspects of the art and craft of songwriting will be offered to the semi-finalists.

The FICG music showcases have become must-see arena for industry professionals, and provide ideal venues for Francophone artists from all over Canada to really shine. More than 200 music-business professionals from around the world, including several dozens of European programmers, attend the event – which means that it offers exceptional visibility for our attending members.

For the first time this year, SOCAN will award one of the showcase participants a creative stay at the Paris SOCAN House, where they can work on their material, and make new contacts in France.

The registration period is open until April 1, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Details are available at

SOCAN members Aaron Goodvin, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Nuela Charles, Tim Baker, Tom Wilson, and Whitehorse will perform at the 2020 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Sid Buckwold Theatre at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Lights will also perform, and co-host the event with CBC q’s Tom Power.


Lights is a three-time JUNO Award winner, while the other Songwriters’ Circle participants are all 2020 JUNO Award nominees, as follows:

  • Aaron Goodvin (Country Album of the Year)
  • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (Pop Album of the Year)
  • Nuela Charles (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year)
  • Tim Baker (Songwriter of the Year, sponsored by SOCAN)
  • Tom Wilson (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, with Lee Harvey Osmond)
  • 2016 JUNO Award winners Whitehorse (Blues Album of the Year)

The event will be broadcast live on CBC Radio One, CBC Music and live streamed via CBC Gem and

Presented by SOCAN, the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive event, benefiting MusiCounts. Considered “The Jewel of JUNO Week,” the Songwriters’ Circle showcases some of Canada’s most talented songwriters performing their original songs and sharing the stories behind them.

Tickets for the 2020 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle are on sale now, through TCU Place, starting at $39.00 (plus taxes and service fees).