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Sunday, November 28, 2021

The SOCAN Foundation is increasing its cash awards

Black Canadian Music Awards

Key Takeaways:

  • In early 2022, awards in both categories will be announced.
  • TD Songwriter Awards for Indigenous Peoples

The SOCAN Foundation is happy to announce the addition of ten new cash prizes to the TD Indigenous Songwriters Awards and the SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards, providing additional opportunities for outstanding music creators to benefit from the awards.

In addition to the current prizes of $10,000 for the Indigenous Songwriter Awards and $5,000 for the Black Canadian Music Awards, each Award category will receive five $1,000 honorable mentions.

“We want to celebrate high potential artists through our awards by offering these honorable mentions, in addition to our regular suite of awards,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation. “Our Awards have had an invaluable impact on artists in our industry, and as the pandemic has caused additional challenges for them.

Black Canadian Music Awards

The Indigenous Songwriter Awards are a collaboration between the SOCAN Foundation and TD Bank. Its goal is to recognize also honor the exceptional work of First Nations musicians. The SOCAN Foundation appoints a panel of prominent songwriters to judge the works submitted to the competition. The judges will give priority to works of exceptional quality, and the jury’s choices are final.

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The competition’s winner will get a $10,000 cash reward

The competition is open to all songwriters of Indigenous culture, regardless of age. A Canadian who is a member (registered or non-registered) of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit is considered Indigenous. A status card, membership card in an Aboriginal body, or a letter of reference establishing Aboriginal status can all be used to prove participation in a recognized community or organization.

SiriusXM presents the SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. SiriusXM Canada and the SOCAN Foundation have teamed up to create the Black Canadian Music Award. Its goal is to recognize also honor the exceptional work of Black Canadian musicians.

This talent competition is available to musicians of various classes, including folk, blues, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and more. The creator of the art must identify as Black and be a Canadian citizen to be eligible. When it comes to a collective or band, each member must meet the competition’s eligibility requirements.

source: newswire

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