When Canadians are engaged in a national discussion on how to support our songwriters and creators in the digital age, that’s positive.

SOCAN has been engaged in this discussion for many years, and we applaud the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the ways we support Canadian Content adapt and evolve with the technology Canadians use to access it.

Legislation has always been, and will always be, a complex exercise involving the balancing of many competing interests, and many credible points of view on a wide range of regulatory options.

Legislation that touches the lives of every Canadian, every day, will always be even more challenging.

Bill C-10 achieves the right balance by bringing digital media platforms that act like broadcasters under the umbrella of the CRTC, just like traditional broadcasters.

What Bill C-10 does not do is bring individual social media users under that umbrella, notwithstanding some inaccurate and reactionary headlines we have seen this week.

SOCAN believes that digital media platforms that act like broadcasters should make an equivalent contribution as traditional broadcasters when it comes to supporting and promoting Canadian music. This is long overdue.

SOCAN does not believe that individual Canadians who use social media platforms to stay connected with their friends and families should be subject to regulation. Full stop.

But the platforms they use should be, especially if their business model generates revenues from the use of copyrighted music.

SOCAN urges all parties to support C-10, to ensure that digital media platforms that generate many millions of dollars every year from the inspiration and artistry of Canadian creators give back to those creators in a predictable, transparent, and equitable manner, just as many other countries have done.

“Digital platforms, including social media, play a huge role in the discovery of music, but return three to five times lower royalties than traditional media,” said SOCAN’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Brown. “We don’t think that’s fair. A level playing field for all digital media is the right way to go.”

SOCAN member Cristobal Tapia de Veer, the first screen composer to win the International Award at the 2017 SOCAN Awards has been nominated for a second time at the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Gala.

Tapia de Veer is already the recipient of three international honours – the FIPA d’Or and BAFTA for Best Original Score for National Treasure, and Best Original Score at the Gérardmer Film Festival in France for his work on the film The Girl with All the Gifts.

This time, he’s being celebrated internationally for his score to the horror series The Third Day. “Being nominated for a BAFTA Award after winning one not so long ago is like a confirmation that the first time wasn’t just a fluke!,” said Cristobal said when we reached him.

Asked what the biggest challenges were in composing the music for this production, he said, “Recording an orchestra in Prague for the first time was quite a change of scenery, but incredibly rewarding.”

The BAFTAs take place on Sunday, June 6, 2021, and the Television Craft Awards on Monday, May 24, 2021. It is during the May 24 gala that Tapia De Veer will know if he’s won the award for a second time. SOCAN wishes him the best of luck!

On April 26, 2021, Québec Cinéma unveiled the finalists for its Iris Awards, and announced two new awards this year – Best Original Score, Documentary Film and Best Short Film, Documentary – for a total of 30 honours.

Thirteen SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore are finalists in the categories Best Original Score and Best Original Score, Documentary Film.

The 2020 nominees in the Best Original Score category are:

  • Guido Del Fabbro, Pierre Lapointe, for Le Club Vinland – Publishers: Épépiphonie Inc., Productions Avenida Inc.
  • Jean-Phi Goncalves, Éloi Painchaud, Jorane Pelletier, for Target Number One – Publisher: peermusic Ltd.
  • Martin Léon, for My Salinger Year – Publisher: Méloscope
  • Olivier Alary (SACEM), for La nuit des rois
  • Patrice Dubuc, Gaëtan Gravel, for Souterrain

In the Best Original Score, Documentary category, the nominees are:

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s film La déesse des mouches à feu leads the nominations, with 15. Among the other films with multiple nominations are Souterrain, directed by Sophie Dupuis, and Le Club Vinland, directed by Benoit Pilon, which are nominated 13 times each. Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year is nominated 11 times.

The 22nd edition of the Gala Québec Cinéma will be produced in compliance with current health measures and broadcast live from Radio-Canada’s Studio 42 on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ICI TÉLÉ. The Gala Artisans, in its sixth edition, will also be produced in compliance with health regulations, and broadcast live from the Ausgang Plaza on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. on ICI ARTV.

For the full list of nominees of the 2021 Gala Québec Cinéma, visit the organization’s website. Good luck to all the nominees!