A national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and media


The SCGC-SOCAN Music Hackathon

Streamlining Royalties for Screen Music

Building a Better Alternative to Cue Sheets

Toronto, April 9-10, 2022

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Cue-Sheet-Palooza is an initiative that aims to explore ways music creators and stakeholders can get paid their screen-based performance rights royalties faster and more precisely. We're investigating the challenges they face throughout the Performing Rights royalty pipeline, and kickstarting innovations that will expedite a more accurate payment of performance rights royalties.

So - we're hosting a Hackathon and inviting software developers to rethink and redefine how all the relevant data is collected and processed. Hackers, creators, designers, and coders will collaborate and compete using AI, XR, blockchain, data analytics, and other state-of-the-art technologies - with guidance from our group of industry mentors - to build a prototype for a simpler, effective platform around cue sheets and artist payments. 

Our goal is to free up a music creator's time to make music - and not spend hours on administrative work in order to get paid.

After the marathon 24-hour session, a panel of industry judges will choose the winning teams, who will be awarded cash and sponsor prizes. The Cue-Sheet-Palooza Hackathon is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 2022, in Toronto, Canada.

Interested hackers can apply here through March 28, 2022.

Interested in being a Partner or Sponsor? Email here.



Award Winning Composer-Synthesist


Catherine Jones

VP, CONNECT Music Licensing


Charlie Wall-Andrews

Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation


Michael Nunan

Senior Manager, Broadcast Operations (Audio) at Bell Media


Mohamed Moutadayne

CTO & SVP of Product & Services at LyricFind


Saba Seyedi

Associate Product Manager, Member Digital Products at SOCAN



Mathew Sherman

Bell Media
Senior Architect, Strategic Planning and Engineering


Justin Gray

Songwriter/Producer and Founder of MDIIO.com

Toby Sherriff

Composer/ Software Developer

Catherine Moore

University of Toronto Adjunct Professor, Music Technology & Digital Media Program

Barnaby Marshall

Chief Technology Officer, Slaight Music

Ryan Maule

VP, Strategy and Operations at MDIIO

Tobi Akinwumi

Manager - Product Management, Member Digital Products at SOCAN

Brian Pickett

VP Business, Voodoo Highway Music and Post



$3000 CAD

Canadian Music Week Badges



$2000 CAD


$1000 CAD





Canada Council for the Arts


What is a cue sheet?

A document that itemizes music used in a television or film production by title, composer, publisher, duration and type of music usage (e.g., background, feature, and theme). The cue sheet is normally prepared by the producer of the television or film production.

Do I need to pay any money to register?


Do I need specific qualifications to participate?

If you love to code, you are more than welcome to participate in the Hackathon.

How do I submit what I have made for the Hackathon?

You will need to develop the application on your local system and submit it to our Hackathon Tech liaison along with instructions to run the application and source code.

Do we need to have the entire idea fully working?

The entire idea need not be fully implemented however, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges.

Does one have to be available for the entire duration of the Hackathon?

Since it is only a 24 hour event, you are advised to be available as much as possible the entire time.

Are there any restrictions on using number of pre-built libraries?

There is no restriction to use any language, technology stack, or libraries. You can use any of them to create the web/mobile application.

Do I need to give a demo for the product that I have built?

Yes, you need to submit a small presentation or video that demos your submission. You will be asked to demo your application at the Hackathon Presentations and Awards, details of which will be shared with sufficient advance notice.

Is it accepted to show only the prototype of it?

Yes it's absolutely fine to submit just the prototype. If you use any database like MySQL or PostgresSQL you can also submit a database dump along with your submission. However you are allowed to submit just the prototype.

Who will own the IP Rights to the product that I have built?

The developer/developers of the web/mobile application will have all rights and own the IP of the product. However, all code needs to be in the public domain (open source) so that it can be evaluated by the judges.

Is there travel and accommodation PAY for participants?

Meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided for the duration of the Hackathon, but we do not provide Travel or Accommodation. Hackers are welcome to work overnight at the Hackathon venue.

Will I get credentials?

All participants will get a Hackaton credential to wear for the Hackathon event to have access in and out of the building..

Interested in being a Partner or Sponsor? Email here.

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