At the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17 in Winnipeg, the SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, presented the first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Montreal-based artist Anachnid. The Indigenous Songwriter Award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an indigenous music creator in Canada.
Anachnid, a member of SOCAN, accepted the award and the accompanying $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and James Baxter, Winnipeg TD Canada Trust Branch Manager.
"It means a lot to win this award, which will help me achieve my creative endeavours," said Anachnid. "I want the world to see the strength and beauty of the culture and craft that empowers all of us."
"We're proud to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Anachnid," said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation. "The award is a significant part of our ongoing, mutual efforts with TD to foster, promote, and create opportunities for indigenous music creators."
The Indigenous Songwriter Award is determined by a jury of SOCAN members. This year's panel comprised Alan Greyeyes, Kinnie Starr, and Leanne Goose, who reviewed nearly 200 submissions from across the country.
Applications to the 2020 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2019. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca for more information.