A component of the CSHF mandate is to educate the public about the rich songwriting heritage we have here in Canada. In addition to advocating the works and careers of established songwriters, the Hall of Fame is devoted to nurturing and developing new songwriting talent; our future generation of Hall of Famers. Ongoing initiatives to help raise the profile of, and support, up-and-coming songwriters include the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award and the Creative Incubator Program, in partnership with the SOCAN Foundation.
In 2018, The CSHF and SOCAN Foundation announced a joint partnership to create a nation-wide program, the Creative Entrepreneurial Incubator. This initiative provides emerging composers/songwriters with funding, mentorship, webinars, residencies, and performance showcases to the public and industry.