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This organization is paying Canadian musicians $150 to perform on Facebook Live

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Artists and up-and-coming musicians are among those who have taken a major hit during the COVID outbreak, but now, with Encore!, a new program created by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), talented Canucks can not only do what they do best, but they can get paid for it, too! This will hopefully relieve some of the financial stress caused by the pandemic.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, festivals and events have been cancelled and bars are either closed indefinitely or are barely open with restrictions in place that make live music practically impossible.

Now, through Encore!, a paycheque and an audience are only a few clicks away. This new project, started by SOCAN, will see that musicians who chose to do live sets on either Facebook or Instagram actually get paid for their time.

“Like so many Canadians, SOCAN member songwriters, composers, and music publishers are facing tough times, with the loss of revenue from touring and in-person concerts,” Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN, said in a press release sent out last Thursday.

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SOCAN will award up to $200,000 in payments of $150 for each virtual show until the end of lockdown in order to keep musicians afloat, as long as they meet their detailed applicant criteria.

The criteria is as follows:

  • Perform at least 10 songs, and entertain live for at 30 minutes between May 15th, 2020 and March 7th, 2021
  • Have at least 100 people attend each live event
  • Share a complete setlist with SOCAN of all music performed
  • and claim their show within 90 days of the Facebook/Instagram taking place.

To find out more, and either attend or perform as part of the Encore! project, check out the link here, or visit their Facebook page. Go get ’em, kids. You deserve to have your voice heard! … or your guitar, or drums or whatever it is that you play.

We’ll be watching!

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