TORONTO — The SOCAN Foundation announced one of its newest awards in late March of this year; The TD Indigenous Songwriter Award which will provide $10,000 to an indigenous songwriter as well as a trip to the Indigenous Music Awards In Winnipeg for the award ceremony on May 18.
“The SOCAN Foundation has been fostering Canadian music since 1992, but we wanted to take it to the next level to recognize Indigenous songwriters across the country,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, the executive director of the SOCAN Foundation.
She said that the award itself had been in development for over a year, and that the winner will be selected by a jury of prominent Indigenous songwriters.
“It is designed to have a great impact on the artist’s career,” said Wall-Andrews. “They will be celebrated at the Indigenous Music Awards and exposed to industry experts, which will hopefully lead them to the next step in their career development.”
The award itself will recognize the musical, lyrical and creative talent found within any genre brought to life by any songwriter or composer of indigenous descent, and she explained that the awards helps to diversify their award programming.
“The Indigenous Songwriter Award builds on the SOCAN Foundation and the efforts of TD to foster, promote and diversify opportunities for music creators of Indigenous descent,” said Wall-Andrews. “Our ongoing aim is to build inclusive grant and awards programming that is as diverse as the communities in which we live, and this new award pushes us even further ahead.”
In a press release, Jacquie Black, manager of the Indigenous Music Awards, said that the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering the development of songwriters.
“This award gives even more recognition to the outstanding Indigenous talent currently honouring traditions and storytelling through music,” she said in the release.
The deadline closed on April 25 and the very first winner of this inaugural award will be chosen and honoured in less than two weeks.