SOCAN presented sixth annual L.A. Family & Friends Canada Day party, in association with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, at the Sunset Marquis Hotel Pool Deck in Los Angeles, on June 26, 2019.

The reception, which ran from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., drew more than 200 SOCAN members and key music industry representatives, with an event playlist custom-curated by our own A&R representative Aidan D’Aoust, and a life-sized Kawhi Leonard cut-out by the pool. The party also served as a one-year anniversary of the opening of our new SOCAN office in Los Angeles.

Eric Baptiste, Tyler Connolly, Christine Connolly, Rodney Murphy, SOCAN, Los Angeles, L.A., Canada Day, 2019

Left to right: SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Tyler Connolly, Christine Connolly, SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy

Present at the event were SOCAN songwriter members LU KALA, Esthero, Brian West, DZL, Liza (who co-wrote the song “Complexities” on Daniel Caesar’s new album Case Study 01), Andy Stochansky, and Stephan Moccio, as well as Matthew Oppenheimer, of the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles.

The L.A. community of SOCAN screen composers was well represented, with Nathalie Bonin, Steve London, and Darren Fung at the party, along with Ari Wise and Kevin Estwick of the Core Music Agency, which represents audio-visual composers.

rica Grayson, Vivian Barclay, SOCAN, Los Angeles, L.A., Canada Day, 2019

Left to right: SOCAN Senior A&R Executive Erica Grayson; Vivian Barclay, General Manager of Warner-Chappell Music Publishing Canada

SOCAN publisher members were also in the house, including Vivian Barclay – the General Manager at Warner Chappell Music Publishing Canada, and also member of the SOCAN Board of Directors – and Donna Caseine, Executive Vice President, Creative  Reservoir Media.

Music industry representatives at the reception included Ivan Evidente (Director, A&R – Universal Music Canada), Tony Scudellari (Senior VP, Television Music, Sony), Daryl Berg (Vice President, Music Strategies and Licensing, Crown Media Family Networks), and reps from performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and GMR.

Attending for SOCAN were SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and President and Chair of the Board Marc Ouellette; Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty; Vice President, International Relations, Catharine Saxberg; Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy; Director, International Business Development & Compliance, Steven Ambers; Senior A&R Executive Erica Grayson; Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation, Charlie Wall-Andrews; and A&R Representatives Racquel Villagante and Camille Mathews.

After the reception, SOCAN hosted a dinner for some of our members at Cavatina.

SOCAN members based in British Columbia can apply now to perform live at the third annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) AMP (Audio Music Production) SOUNDOFF program, where up to six selected artists from across the musical spectrum will perform a single song each, live, to a panel of key international music supervisors on the hunt for their next discovery. Each artist will have an opportunity to receive feedback, learn more about songwriting for film and television, and gain valuable insight from the panel about getting their music placed onscreen. Artists can apply here, until 5:00 p.m. PST on July 19, 2019.

Supported by Music BC, SOUNDOFF provides an intimate platform for BC’s most promising musicians to focus on song placement and synchronization licensing in feature films, television, documentaries, and filmed media, while connecting with senior music supervisors and producers from around the globe. Since the launch of SOUNDOFF in 2017, more than 20 artists have participated in the program, including Chin Injeti, Harrison Brome, Emily Rowed, The Long Wall, Sam Lynch, Luca Fogale, Loig Morin and FIONN. Artists connect with senior music supervisors and producers at this expansive yet intimate gathering.

SOUNDOFF is a part of VIFF AMP, sponsored by SOCAN, which brings together local and international music supervisors, screen composers, and post-production experts to engage in panels, workshops and networking events exploring the essential role that music plays in film and television. Over the two-day summit, world-class experts will weigh in on subjects such as diversity in the music marketplace, the art of music supervision, and how music rights management victories around the world are benefiting songwriters and composers. VIFF AMP 2019 will be held Oct. 4-5 at The Pyatt Hall in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, at 843 Seymour St.

Calling all Indigenous hip-hop, rap, and spoken word artists, poets, singers, audio storytellers, and podcasters! The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival are partnering to launch a call for Indigenous voice artists to apply for the eighth annual $50,000 Digital Project Prize.

This year, the organizers are inviting Indigenous voice artists to apply to create something new, a digital or interactive experiment. The project can be anything: a new kind of music video, a live performance, even an app for your cellphone.

Whatever you come up with, it’ll be based on the words and voices of Indigenous artists. You’ll bring your idea to life with a team of creators assembled by the NFB and imagineNATIVE. The completed project will be exhibited and performed at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in 2020, and distributed online.

Submissions are open until Aug. 24, 2019. For more information, and to apply, click here and scroll down to “Prize Rules.”