Since we’re unable to meet our members in their natural environments until further notice, our Staying home with… video interviews allow us to meet with them using videoconferencing technology. In this instalment, Paroles & Musique Editor Eric Parazelli spoke with Andréanne A. Malette, who’s taking advantage of forced isolation to experiment with other art forms such as painting. She’s not, however, the type to remain idle until the crisis is over, so she’s facilitated a songwriting workshop for young creators via Instagram, and released a new song, “Le brasier,” which talks about the delicate subject of domestic violence, a theme particularly important during this period of isolation.

FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) has launched a new Songwriter Development Program. It offers $2,000 subsidies for professional songwriters, to go toward a year of various songwriting initiatives, such as travel for co-writing sessions, songwriting camps and workshops, and eligible showcases.

The program has a rolling deadline, which allows applicants to apply at any point in the calendar year. Applications must be submitted at least one calendar day before travel departure, and are being accepted as of April 1, 2020.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Charlie Wall-Andrews, the Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation (one of The SOCAN Group of Companies), has been named a Trudeau Scholar – one of only 16 announced across the country by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation – and will immediately start on a new leadership program.

“I’m honoured to be named a Trudeau Scholar,” said Wall-Andrews, currently studying for her Ph.D. at Ryerson University, which nominated her for the honour. “It will support me in expanding my capacity of being an engaged leader in our society that is committed to making a positive impact in our community, and among the broader public.”

Wall-Andrews is also an Edmund de Rothschild Foundation Legacy Fellow; Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council;  and sits on the boards of WorkinCulture and Telus Community Investment. She says her three-year program as a Trudeau Scholar will help her conduct meaningful research about engaged citizens, human rights, and dignity.

She’s especially interested in prompting corporations and government to create equity, as she’s already done with the SOCAN Foundation’s groundbreaking Equity X Production mentorship program and HER Music Awards. Both projects have advanced diversity and gender balance in the Canadian music industry, and will continue to do so as annual initiatives.

Congratulations to our SOCAN colleague on this great achievement!