SOCAN Launches Second Instalment of Dinner Music Webcast Seriest

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This edition of “Dinner Music” focuses on marketing for indie music and musicians

SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) today announced the launch of the second instalment of Dinner Music, an informative and entertaining webcast series available on SOCAN’s Website ( This second edition, “Indie Marketing,” is presented by SOCAN in conjunction with its participation and support at the recently completed NXNE music festival and conference.

“Indie Marketing,” hosted by Richard Crouse, co-host of Reel to Real on Rogers Television and author of Rock & Roll Music and Who Wrote the Book of Love?, features three experts who deal in the online and traditional marketing of their clients and gets the opinion of a journalist on how marketing efforts can capture or quash the interest of the media. Filmed on location at Toronto’s Drake Hotel, “Indie Marketing” will give songwriters and music enthusiasts alike the opportunity to hear how recognized Indie musicians and newcomers have successfully marketed their music from start to finish.

“SOCAN launched the ‘Dinner Music’ series in September of last year with much acclaim,” says Jeff King, VP Membership at SOCAN. “The first instalment looked at creating music for the film and television industries. This time, based on member feedback, we gathered industry experts to talk about marketing Indie music. Taking the fly-on-the-wall approach and filming them as they shared past experiences gives viewers the practical advice they’re seeking, in a relaxed format.”

“Dinner Music – Indie Marketing” features Karen Bliss (journalist), Shauna de Cartier (Six Shooter Records), Kevin Leflar (OfficialCommunity) and Gary McDonald (Frontside Promotions). In fall 2007, SOCAN will be launching its first French language webcast.

At SOCAN, we understand that the Canadian music industry is only as strong as the sum of its parts. We are proud to play a leading role, working with other organizations to ensure the long-term health of our members’ livelihoods and the Canadian music industry as a whole. SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective for the communication and performance of musical works. We administer these rights on behalf of our members (composers, lyricists, songwriters and their publishers) and those of affiliated international organizations by licensing this use of their music in Canada. The fees collected are distributed as royalties to our members and to affiliated organizations throughout the world. We also distribute royalties received from those organizations to our members for the use of their music worldwide. SOCAN has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Dartmouth.

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