Canadian musicians have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 2, 2019, to submit for the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program, valued at a total of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes to the winners, giving musicians the tools they need to grow their music careers.  The program supports up-and-coming, aspiring Canadian musical artists aged 15 to 35, by providing them with opportunities to take their careers to the next level. Past winners include Lu Kala, Ivory Hours, Nefe, and Taylor Kurta.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000; private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios; an introduction to at least one established music artist; introductions to music industry executives; a public performance opportunity at The Great Hall in Toronto in November 2019; another at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg in February 2020; album cover artwork design; and an invitation to attend the 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards & Gala.

Four additional winners will also be chosen; each will receive a cash prize ($6,000 for the Second Prize winner and $4,000 each for the three additional winners); public performance opportunities at The Great Hall in Toronto in November 2019, and one other event; and participation in private music industry career development mentorship sessions with A&R professionals, a music agent, and an established artist

To apply, click here.

Billboard magazine is expanding its chart offerings by introducing Top Songwriters and Top Producers rankings, based on weekly activity on the Billboard Hot 100, and other genre song charts, that blend streaming, airplay, and sales data.

The charts will debut in the June 15, 2019, issue of the magazine, and in the Billboard Bulletin subscriber e-mail blast on June 13, 2019. Top 10 charts for Hot 100 songwriters and producers will be featured each week, joined by a rotating set of charts drawn from two other genres, among R&B/hip-hop, rap, R&B, country, rock, dance/electronic, Latin, Christian, and Gospel. Top songwriter and producer rankings have been presented annually as part of year-end chart menus for various genres, and occasionally for special features.

“We’re extremely excited to acknowledge the top creative forces behind music’s biggest hits on a weekly basis,” said Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard Senior Vice President of charts and data development. “A songwriter or producer’s influence and importance, within the industry and beyond, certainly merits recognition beyond our yearly rankings.”

“Anytime a light is shone upon the songwriters and producers who are the backbone of the industry, it’s a very good thing,” said Atlas Music founder and CEO Richard Stumpf to the magazine. “What Billboard is doing ties together with the digital services starting to show songwriter credits, so all of this is going the right way in helping the music fans become aware of the songwriters and the role they play.”

SOCAN was a proud sponsor of the 21st annual LEO Awards, celebrating excellence in British Columbia film and television, as it has been for every edition since the beginning in 1998. The Celebration Awards  were presented on May 25 and 26, 2019, at the Sheraton Wall Centre, while the Gala Awards were presented on June 1, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore walked away with all eight musical honours.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Musical Score in a Motion Picture
Schaun Tozer, for Rabbit

Best Musical Score in a Television Movie
Peter Allen, for Truly, Madly, Sweetly

Best Musical Score in a Short Drama
Sean William, for Small Fish

Best Musical Score in a Dramatic Series
Dan Mangan, for Unspeakable – “Heat Treatment” episode

Best Musical Score in a Feature-Length Documentary
Daryl Bennett, for I Am MLK Jr.

Best Musical Score in a Short Documentary
Andrew Harris, for After the Sirens

Best Musical Score in a Documentary Series
Christopher Nickel, for Wild Bear Rescue – “Wild, Wild Grizzly” episode

Best Musical Score in an Animation Program Or Series
David Parfit and Marc Junker, for Esluna: The First Monolith

The LEO Awards offer an excellent opportunity for SOCAN members who work in film and television to celebrate their accomplishments and network with producers, directors and local industry players. Attending from SOCAN were Sara Pavilionis and Racquel Villagante,

For more information and a complete list of winners visit the awards website.