Once again this year, SOCAN members have fared very well in nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards, in the musical categories. Twenty-five of our members have earned nominations in various categories.

Presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Canadian Screen Awards were born of the fusion of two awards ceremonies – the Genie Awards for movies and Gemini Awards for television. The 2020 awards will be presented over six days during Canadian Screen Week, March 25-31, and the March 29 closing awards gala will be broadcast live on CBC-TV.

The SOCAN nominees are as follows:


Achievement in Music – Original Score
Ian LeFeuvre, Stephen Krecklo – James Vs His Future Self
Robert Carli – Lie Exposed
Peter Chapman – Riot Girls
Andrew Lockington – The Kindness of Strangers

Achievement in Music – Original Song
Bramwell Tovey, Richard Bell – “I’ve Got a Big One,” from Brotherhood
Ian LeFeuvre – “Travel Through,” from James Vs His Future Self
Peter Chapman, Leslie Seaforth (More or Les) – “We Run the World” from Riot Girls


Best Original Music, Non-Fiction
Ken Myhr – The Accountant of Auschwitz
Michelle Osis – The Corporate Coup d’ État
Ohad Benchetrit, Justin Small – A Day in the Life of Earth
Ohad Benchetrit, Justin Small – Remarkable Rabbits
Todor Kobakov – The Guardians

Best Original Music, Fiction
Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner – Anne with an E
Todor Kobakov – Cardinal
Ian LeFeuvre, Ari Posner – Carter
Tom Third – Coroner

Best Original Music, Animation
Ryan Carlson, Brendan Quinn – Abby Hatcher
Brian Pickett, Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, David Kelly – The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You be Our Neighbour?
Amin Bhatia, Chris Tait, Ari Posner, Kris Kuzdak – Let’s Go Luna!
Brian Pickett, Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, David Kelly – Paw Patrol
Asher Lenz, Stephen Skratt – Rusty Rivets

For further information and a complete list of nominees, visit the Canadian Screen Awards website. Congratulations to all our nominees on this great achievement!

For the first time in its history, SOCAN’s total annual collections exceeded $400 million, with an estimated $405.5 million[1] collected in fiscal year 2019 by the largest company in Canada’s music industry, an 8 percent increase over the previous record of $375 million set in financial year 2018.

SOCAN attributed most of the approximately $30 million growth to an increase of approximately $23 million in collections from digital sources, as well as an additional $7 million from reproduction rights collections, following SOCAN’s 2018 acquisition of Montréal-based SODRAC.

While digital collections ($86.1 million) increased by approximately $23 million (38 percent) over the $62.5 million of 2019, a SOCAN member who earned any royalties last year earned an average of only $67 from domestic digital royalties – despite it being a $13 (24 percent) increase over the 2018 average of $54.

“Royalties from television, radio, international, and concerts remain strong, but most growth this year came from domestic digital sources, and it’s clear that more must be done to improve the SOCAN writer’s and publisher’s shares from streaming royalties,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “The Canadian government has acknowledged that Canadian content rules and discoverability must be modernized for the digital age. If music creation – the lifeblood of Canada’s music industry – isn’t supported quickly through the development of updated rules, there could be dire economic and cultural consequences.”

While royalties from digital sources remain too small for most SOCAN members, revenue from international sources continued to show strength at the historically high mark, and new record, of $88.5 million, demonstrating again that Canadian music creators and music publishers continue to out-perform on a global level.

The company also reported that the number of members who earned royalties in 2019 increased by nearly 3,000, as the company continues to attract songwriters, composers, and music publishers who want to start, and build, their careers with SOCAN.

[1] Estimates. Final figures will be determined following the March 2020 meeting of SOCAN’s Board of Directors and released in concert with SOCAN’s annual general meeting in Montréal in June.

In an exclusive interview with SOCAN, screen composers Brian Pickett and Graeme Cornies, co-founding members of the hugely successful, multiple-award-winning screen composing company Voodoo Highway, discuss how they first started writing music for animated childrens’ programs; the runaway, worldwide successes of two shows they’ve scored, and for which they’ve written songs, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood – based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – and Paw Patrol; and one of their shows winning a 2019 Emmy Award. The business is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and is rebranding as the Voodoo Highway Music Group.