The Cue Sheet Palooza Hackathon will 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 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,  more 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-person in Toronto, Canada. Exact location to be announced.




Mathew Sherman, Technologist/media and entertainment industry professional at BellMedia

Toby Sheriff, Composer/software developer

Catherine Moore, University of Toronto Music + Digital Media Professor

Justin Gray, Songwriter/Producer and Founder of

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, Composer / Producer / Partner, Voodoo Highway


Do you have an API or SDK that the teams could use to build their projects? f you are interested in being an API Partner or sponsor, please email with the subject line Cue Sheet Hackathon.


Create a protoytpe app or software project that redefines, improves, and possibly automates the Cue Sheet process using at least one of the APIs or SDKs provided. Projects must be ready to present to the panel of Judges on April 10 at the end of the event.

More specific challenges will be announced soon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$CAD9,000 in prizes

First Place Winner

First Place Winner Overall Highest Score

Second Place Winner

Second Highest Overall Score

Third Place Winner

Third Highest Overall Score

Canadian Music Week 2022 Badges

Canadian Music Week 2022 Badges for 1st Place Winning Team. Canadian Music Week happens April 19-23, 2022 in Toronto.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Amin Bhatia

Amin Bhatia
Award Winning Composer-Synthesist/ Amin Bhatia

Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones
VP, CONNECT Music Licensing

Charlie Wall-Andrews

Charlie Wall-Andrews
Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation

Michael Nunan

Michael Nunan
Senior Manager, Broadcast Operations (Audio), Bellmedia

Mohamed Moutadayne

Mohamed Moutadayne
Founder, CTO & SVP of Product & Services, LyricFind

Nahrin Jalal

Nahrin Jalal
Head of Developer Relations, CodeSee

Saba Seyedi

Saba Seyedi
Associate Product Manager, Member Digital Products, SOCAN

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance and Impact to Industry
    How is the project relevant to the theme and cue sheet improvement as a whole?
  • Innovation
    Is this project novel, something that hasn't been attempted before, or takes an older idea to a new level?
  • User Experience
    Is this project user-friendly for the intended audience? Does it meet its attempted goal easily for the end user?
  • Technical Excellence
    How effectively are the most applicable technologies used to build the project?

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