SOCAN Foundation Launches Incubator Program
The 20 initial recipients of the TD Creative Entrepreneurial Incubator Program each receives $3K to start a business.
By Nick Krewen
Twenty people have been selected for the inaugural SOCAN Foundation program called the TD Creative Entrepreneurial Incubator.
The brainchild of SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews, the program - sponsored by TD Bank - enables 20 music creators as far east as Nova Scotia and as far west as British Columbia to receive $3000 cash grants, mentorship by a music industry professional and access to a webinar series designed to foster the creators’ entrepreneurial spirit. Webinar topics include financial literacy, digital media, management, publishing and more.
The top five that demonstrate the most significant potential will receive a three-day residency which includes studio time at Slaight Music, a showcase and mentorship from a songwriter chosen by the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The residency is sponsored by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the SOCAN Foundation, Slaight Music and Newcap Radio.
Aspiring artists must be 29 and under, demonstrate their artistic merit through original works and their dedication to establishing a long-term career, be unsigned and unpublished and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to qualify.
These 20 who met the criteria and more in 2018 are:
Julie Austin, Ontario
Laura Babin Rioux, Quebec
James Bailey, Ontario
Justin Boissonault, Ontario
Marvin Chan, Saskatchewan
Kassandra Clack, British Columbia
Desiree Dawson, British Columbia
Domanique Grant, Ontario
Aliah Guerra, Quebec
Madmoud Ismail, Ontario
Bella Krys, Ontario
Dante Leon, Ontario
Madeline Ritter, Ontario
Jon Saldanha, British Columbia
Dave Sampson, Nova Scotia
Connor Seidel, Quebec
Linnea Siggelkow, Ontario
Annie Sumi, Ontario
Vincent Turcotte, Quebec
Joanna Worthington, Ontario: