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.