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Spotlight: SOCAN, Music & Awards Innovation

SOCAN Award, the world's first ever trophy to double as a musical instrument, it uses SABIAN crotales with notes that change each year

Art and Music come together in the latest Society Awards creation, “The SOCAN,” developed for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and utilizing the musicality of New Brunswick-based percussion instrument maker SABIAN. 

The one-of-a-kind musical-sculpture trophy is adaptable to integrate five SABIAN crotales, made with their proprietary, centuries-old bronze formula.  The notes of the crotales can be changed each year, allowing unique melodies seasonally.  The shining golden structure of gold-plated steel and bronze, with the elegantly curved gold band representative of the S in SOCAN, allows the trophy to be played either vertically or laid down horizontally.  A brass striker is cleverly incorporated into the design to bring functionality to the iconic five note piece.

Recipients of special achievements will take home the beautiful award at the 25th anniversary SOCAN awards on June 16th in Toronto.