The SOCAN Foundation/ MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music are two $2500 prizes intended to encourage students’ research and writing on Canadian music topics and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors. One prize is for the best English-language paper and one for the best French-language paper. Topics in Canadian music will be understood as potentially deriving from a wide range of genres, including, but not limited to, such areas as concert, folk, jazz, and popular music.

All of the winning papers may be found by following the links below. A summary of all previous winners may be found by following this link.

The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of these prizes.

Carolyne Sumner, "Musical Networks and Cultural Expression in Canada: The Postcentennial Years"

This paper investigates the development and outcomes of musical networks during the postcentennial period (1968-1982). While scholars acknowledge the celebration of Canada’s Centennial as a time of significant musical growth (Dixon 2004; Keillor, 2008), few have investigated how these circumstances changed drastically in the postcentennial period. Through a cultural-historical analysis of relevant archival materials located at Library and Archives Canada, this paper surveys the various socio-political and technological transformations which informed concepts of cultural value and policy in the period leading to and following Centennial. It considers the ramification these changes had upon the networks forged by art music composers at this time. At stake was the audibility, integration, and success of Canadian composers, and their ability to foster thriving professional networks. By illuminating the complex musical webs which informed Canada’s musical landscape at this time, this paper sheds light on a crucial, yet overlooked, period of Canadian music history.

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