The SOCAN Foundation, founded in 1992, is dedicated to fostering Canadian music creation and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society.
The SOCAN Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which consists of songwriters, composers and music publishers, reflects popular music and concert music genres as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.
The SOCAN Foundation’s objectives are:
- to help create and sustain an environment in which songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers may be encouraged and educated;
- to help create and expand opportunities for songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers to have their works performed; and
- to encourage an environment in which the public has a better understanding of the value of music and copyright and its importance to the cultural and economic life of our society.
The SOCAN Foundation fulfils these objectives by distributing grants and awards.
Grants are provided to organizations or individuals for activities benefiting Canadian music creators. Our programs are divided by genre:
Popular Music: activities involving Canadian songwriters, lyricists and music publishers, focusing on popular music (eg. jazz, folk, world, hip-hop, blues or roots music) and;
Concert Music: activities involving Canadian composers and music publishers, focusing on concert music.