SOCAN Foundation Reopens Travel Assistance Program

The SOCAN Foundation today announced it is accepting applications for its Travel Assistance Grant, after the widely-used program was put on hold in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.

Founded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.

The travel assistance program offers eligible music creators and publishers up to $1,000 for travel per calendar year to attend significant career-defining events in Canada and abroad, such as, but not limited to: award presentations, performances, residences, showcases, and workshops.

“As the music industry recovers from the pandemic, the travel grant will allow music creators and publishers to access financial support to engage in significant activities that require travel in the future,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “While this initiative supports music creators, we recognize the importance of responsible travel, and we have implemented processes to ensure grant recipients are adhering to travel safety protocols.”

To be eligible, all applicants must be a member of SOCAN and provide a letter of confirmation or invitation to attend the event or activity. Additionally, each applicant must submit a comprehensive project plan demonstrating compliance with travel safety regulations set by the government of Canada and international markets.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Applicants can learn- more about the program, guidelines, and eligibility criteria at