Now Applications Now Open for 2019 SOCAN Song House in PEI

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has announced that JUNO-winning songwriter and producer Brian Howes will lead the two-day interactive workshop at SOCAN Song House during 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference, scheduled for May 1-2 in Charlottetown, PEI.

The ECMA says the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 SOCAN Song House events were a major success – and from 2016’s event, five participants took part in the inaugural ECMA Songwriters Tour in February 2017. The tour brought the songwriters to eight different soft-seater venues throughout the Atlantic region to showcase their own songs, as well as those written and collaborated on during the SOCAN Song House.

Brian Howes has won several JUNO Awards (including two for Producer Of The Year), been nominated twice and won a Grammy with the band For King And Country and won the SOCAN International Achievement Award. Howes will lead the two-day interactive workshop with 12 songwriter participants from Atlantic Canada. They will be selected to participate, gaining valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. This initiative aligns with SOCAN's A&R strategy to help members improve their songwriting and reach new heights in their careers.

Songwriter participants must meet the following criteria:

The workshop will be best-suited to songwriters in pop and country genres
Must be SOCAN members and ECMA members in good standing based in Cape Breton, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island.
Must be attending the 2019 ECMAs and be available to participate Wednesday May 1st and Thursday May 2nd.
Willing to take their writing craft to the next level

Submissions close on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 5:00PM AST.

Apply HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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