Lowell Wins Inaugural Billboard Canada Non-Performing Songwriter Award Presented by SOCAN

Elizabeth Lowell Boland (Lowell) is the winner of Billboard Canada’s inaugural Non-Performing Songwriter Award, presented by SOCAN. This groundbreaking accolade celebrates the exceptional talent and contributions of professional Canadian songwriters whose behind-the-scenes efforts craft some of the biggest hits. The winner was announced during Canadian Music Week at Billboard Canada’s Power Players event where the first Canadian Power Players list was celebrated, and included SOCAN’s CEO, Jennifer Brown.

“The Billboard Canada Non-Performing Songwriter Award represents a significant milestone recognizing the invaluable role of songwriters and their substantial contributions to the industry. Though they craft songs in the background, they deserve notable recognition in the foreground”, said Cameron Kennedy, Vice President of Creative and Member Relations, SOCAN. “We want to extend a huge congratulations to Lowell for being the first recipient of this award. Also, we couldn’t be prouder of SOCAN’s inclusion at this country-first celebration and having our very own Jennifer Brown included on Canada’s first Power Players list.”

Lowell is the first to be recognized with Billboard Canada’s Non-Performing Songwriter Award presented by SOCAN. Recognizing the significance of the award, Lowell said, “I’m deeply grateful to receive this award, marking the first official recognition from my home country after a decade of success in the industry”. She is a singer, songwriter and producer known for her collaborations with Beyoncé, Madison Beer, Charlie XCX, Tate McRae, Charlie Puth, The Beaches, Lennon Stella, Nessa Barrett, Hailee Steinfeld, bülow, Lu Kala, Leah Kate and many more. With two songs on Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed new album – the international smash “Texas Hold’em” and single “Bodyguard” – Lowell has become a trusted collaborator for the legendary artist.

The award was introduced to recognize songwriters who exemplify excellence in their craft and have made a significant impact writing for other artists. It amplifies unsung heroes in the music industry, recognizing their invaluable role in building the Canadian music landscape. These gifted individuals collaborate with performing artists to create powerful and memorable music, often without visibility to the public.

Additionally, at the Power Players event, Billboard Canada announced its first Canadian Power Players list, recognizing the most influential and innovative leaders shaping the Canadian music industry. Among the top 10 is Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN, whose exceptional contribution has solidified her position as an industry leader.

Billboard Canada’s Power Players list was officially revealed on May 31th, see here, providing a comprehensive overview of the individuals who are driving change and shaping the future of the Canadian music industry.