Awards

Awards 2017-08-28T13:39:08+00:00

SOCAN Foundation awards emerging Canadian musical and audio-visual composers and songwriters producing high-quality original works that deserve to be recognized. A wide variety of awards are available to recognize the remarkable talent we call Canadian music-creators across genres.

This annual competition is designed to recognize Canadian composers who are 30 years of age and under, for original concert music works in the following five categories: large ensemble, chamber ensemble, solo or duet, vocal, and electroacoustics.

Criteria

Four prizes will be offered in each of five categories: 1st prize — $3,000; 2nd prize — $2,000; 3rd prize — $1,500; Young Composer Prize — $1,500 (21 years of age and younger). The John Weinzweig Grand Prize of $3,000 for the best overall work may also be awarded.

Entries submitted will be examined by a jury of prominent composers selected by the SOCAN Foundation. Excellence will be an overriding factor in adjudication.

The jury may, but need not, award all prizes in each category. The jury reserves the right, where deemed beneficial to the entry, to move an entry to another category. The jury’s decisions are final

Categories

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards, for compositions requiring no fewer than 13 performers up to full symphony orchestra, which may include vocal participation and may be scored to include electroacoustics.

The Serge Garant Awards, for compositions requiring a minimum of three performers to a maximum of 12 performers with or without voice and/or electroacoustics.

The Pierre Mercure Awards, for solo or duet compositions, with or without voices and/or electroacoustics.

The Hugh Le Caine Awards, for live or recorded electroacoustics, where the intended performance is, at least in part, through loudspeakers. Works in this category may be multi-media and may include acoustic instrument(s) or voice(s), live or recorded. The principal element in the work must be electroacoustic.

The Godfrey Ridout Awards, for works of any number of voices with or without instrumentation and/or electroacoustics.

All compositions submitted by applicants 21 years and under compete first for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in the Emerging Composers Competition. Compositions written by applicants who are 21 years of age or younger by the deadline of the competition, and have not been awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in their respective category will then be considered for the Younger Composer Prize. There is not a separate entry procedure for the Young composer Prize.

The John Weinzweig Grand Prize for best overall work submitted to the competition does not have a separate entry procedure and may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the jury

Eligibility

The competition is open to composers who are 30 years of age or under on the application deadline.

Candidates must be Canadians and SOCAN members or Canadians who are not members of any performing rights organization.

Works submitted must be original, composed within three years of the application deadline, and at least five minutes in duration. Arrangements are not eligible.

Entries that were award winners in previous SOCAN Foundation Awards are not eligible.

Recipients of the John Weinzweig Grand Prize are not eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation board members and employees are not eligible.

Process

Candidates may enter no more than one work per category. In cases where a work may appear to be eligible for two different categories, the candidate must choose a single category. Each work may be entered only once per deadline.

Candidates may enter no more than three works per deadline.

Candidates must complete a separate application form per entry.

Candidates must upload a score that is complete and legible in all categories except for the Hugh Le Caine Awards if no acoustic instruments are used.

Candidates must provide a brief biography and photo. (For internal use only; jury members will not see this.)

Candidates should provide program notes about the entry. Jury members will see this text; make sure that the name of the candidate does not appear here.

Candidates are required to upload score(s) and/or recording(s) into the data management system for judging purposes. Recordings of live performances are preferred to synthesized realizations but both are acceptable.

In cases where a recorded version of the work does not exist, and the work includes a pre-recorded electroacoustic element, candidates must provide the pre-recorded electroacoustic element.

Works are judged anonymously, therefore the candidate’s full name must appear only on the application form and biography. The candidate’s supporting material shall not include the name of the candidate. The candidate’s names or schools must not appear anywhere on submitted documents. Entries may be disqualified if identifying information is visible. Once the applicant completes the submission through the data management system, a form ID will be assigned to the candidate. The same form ID will be used to identity the candidate during the jury process.

Scores must be clearly labeled with the following information: Title of work; Duration of work; Year of composition.

Each MP3 must contain one work only.

Candidates submitting works with texts or lyrics must enclose information as to the source of the text or lyrics, if in the public domain, or proper written permission from the copyright owner to use the text or lyrics in a musical composition.

Candidates must ensure that required supporting material is uploaded into the Data Management System by the deadline.

Notices

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to review and modify its programs and processes, to terminate any program at any time, or to decline any application submitted, and is thus held harmless from all damages, direct or indirect, consequential or incidental.

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to publish a list of its grant recipients.

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to share with SOCAN the names and contact information contained in the application form, for SOCAN’s internal use.

SOCAN Foundation is committed to handling your personal information responsibly. View our Privacy Policy page.

rbc logoThis annual competition is designed to recognize Canadian composers who are 30 years of age and under, for original musical themes or scores created exclusively for audio-visual support (TV, film, Internet, etc.).

Criteria

Three prizes will be offered in each of four categories: 1st prize — $3,000; 2nd prize — $2,000; 3rd prize — $1,500.

Entries submitted will be examined by a jury of prominent composers selected by the SOCAN Foundation. Excellence will be an overriding factor in adjudication.

The jury may, but need not, award all prizes in each category. The jury reserves the right, where deemed beneficial to the entry, to move an entry to another category. The jury’s decisions are final.

Categories

Best Original Theme (opening or closing)

Best Original Score — Fiction

Best Original Score — Animated

Best Original Score — Non-Fiction

Eligibility

The competition is open to composers who are 30 years of age or under on the application deadline.

Candidates must be Canadians and SOCAN members or Canadians who are not members of any performing rights organization.

Entries that were award winners in previous SOCAN Foundation Awards are not eligible.

SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation board members and employees are not eligible.

Process

Candidates must complete a separate application form per entry.

All music must have been created exclusively for an original audio-visual production (TV, film, Internet, etc.).

Commercials (advertisements) are not eligible.

All music must be wholly original and created by one composer, or, in the case of Best Original Theme, by no more than one composer and one lyricist. Arrangements are not eligible.

Entry may be for any instrument(s) and may feature performers other than the composer.

Entries in this competition will not be judged anonymously since composer credits will often appear in audio-visual materials submitted.

Music must be synchronized to images and may originate from professional or student productions.

Candidates may enter no more than one work per category. In cases where a work may appear to be eligible for two different categories, the candidate must choose a single category. Each work may be entered only once per deadline.

Candidates may enter no more than two works per deadline.

Each entry may include up to three cues, along with a brief description of the context for each.

Each entry may be no longer than five minutes in duration and originate from only one audio-visual production.

Each entry must be uploaded into the Data Management System. A link to view the submission through YouTube or Vevo is acceptable. Entries not complying with those technical requirements will be rejected. Audio-only submissions will not be considered.

Candidates must ensure that the application and required supporting material is submitted through the data management system by the deadline.

Notices

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to review and modify its programs and processes, to terminate any program at any time, or to decline any application submitted, and is thus held harmless from all damages, direct or indirect, consequential or incidental.

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to publish a list of its grant recipients.

SOCAN Foundation reserves the right to share with SOCAN the names and contact information contained in the application form, for SOCAN’s internal use.

SOCAN Foundation is committed to handling your personal information responsibly. View our Privacy Policy page.

SiriusXMThe Award for Young Canadian Songwriter was created through a joint partnership with Sirius XM Canada Inc., and is designed to celebrate emerging and talented songwriters in Canada. Submissions to the talent competition must be from genres of popular music, such as: folk, blues, rock and roll, hip-hop, R&B, etc. Songwriters that are age 21 or younger, Canadian citizens, and the original creators of the musical submission are eligible to apply to the talent competition. Five awards valued at $5,000 each will be granted to the finalists. All submissions will be reviewed by a jury.

Criteria

The competition is open to songwriters who are 21 years of age or under on the application deadline.

Candidates must be Canadians and SOCAN members or Canadians who are not members of any performing rights organization.

Submissions must be original, composed within three years of the application deadline. Arrangements are not eligible.

Entries that were award winners in previous SOCAN Foundation Awards are not eligible.

SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation board members and employees are not eligible.

Process

Candidates may enter only one submission per deadline.

Candidates are required to complete an applicant and upload recording into the data management system. Candidates are also required to upload a lead-sheet and/or lyrics (if available) into the data management system.

Candidates must be the original creator of the submission.

Candidates must ensure that required supporting material is uploaded into the Data Management System by the deadline.

How Are Awards Applications Reviewed?

SOCAN Foundation hires renowned Canadian composers to serve as jury members, who meet over several days to review applications submitted for the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, Emerging Audio-visual Composers (Sponsored by RBC), and Young Canadian Songwriters (Sponsored by SiriusXM). Juries for each competition are balanced to ensure representation from the West, Central/East and Quebec regions. Each jury comprises three members, who report their results in meetings with the SOCAN Foundation manager.

Applications for the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers are reviewed anonymously. Applications for the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Emerging Audio-Visual Composers (Sponsored by RBC) and for Young Canadian Songwriters (Sponsored by SiriusXM) are not reviewed anonymously.

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