Fort Nelson musician Jasmine Netsena wins SOCAN songwriter award

Fort Nelson singer-songwriter Jasmine Netsena was presented with a prestigious new award at the 2018 CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards on May 18.

Netsena won the SOCAN Foundation's first Indigenous Songwriter Award, which came with a $10,000 cash prize as well as airfare and accommodations to attend this year's award ceremonies in Winnipeg.

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“I feel honoured to be selected for this award, and very grateful to everyone who worked to make this happen,” Netsena said in a news release.

The new award was established by SOCAN and the TD Bank Group. Four jury members reviewed nearly 200 submissions for the inaugural award, including ShoShona Kish of Ontario), Alan Greyeyes of Manitoba, Celina Kalluk of Nunavut, and Moe Clark of Québec.

“This new award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by Indigenous music creators in Canada, and we’re proud to be able to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Jasmine Netsena,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, SOCAN Foundation executive director.

“It’s part of our ongoing, mutual effort with TD to foster, promote and diversify opportunities for music creators of Indigenous descent. We’re aiming to build inclusive grant and awards programming as diverse as the communities in which we live.”

Netsena released her debut album Take You With Me in 2014, and won Best Folk/Acoustic Album at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards that same year.

She has been previously nominated for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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