07 October 2016
Swedish songwriting initiative goes global
The Stockholm Songwriting Camp has gathered some of the world’s top songwriters under the same roof for the past 2 years. Now, with the support of YouTube, CISAC, SACEM, PRS for Music and Auddly, the Swedish initiative is going global, starting in Paris and London.
Starting in 2015, the Stockholm Songwriting Camp has gathered some of the world's top songwriters and producers for a three day writing session in a hotel in Stockholm. Now, the Swedish songwriting initiative is going global, including a ‘Paris Songwriting Camp’ in September and a ‘London Songwriting Camp’ in October.
The Songwriting Camps in Stockholm have been well received by writers and producers, resulting in several released songs, including “Awesome” by Nicole Cross and many more on hold and being actively recorded by major acts. The camp credits its ability to help forge collaborations and relationships with highly talented writers, including Whitney Phillips, Albin Nedler and Watch the Duck.
The initiative is supported by YouTube, with additional support from collective management organisations Sacem (France), PRS for Music (UK) and international confederation of authors CISAC as well as the song project platform Auddly. The producer set-up is made possible by technical sponsors such as M-Audio, Air Music Tech, Genelec, Fender and Aston Mics. The future ambition is to have annual camps in London, Paris and Stockholm, as well as expanding to other territories such as Australia, Asia and the US.
Niclas Molinder, founder of Songwriting Camps and CEO at Auddly said: “We are so glad to take our creative vision out to the world. We will always stay neutral and want to use Songwriting Camps to open up for industry discussions. We think it’s important to make room for conversation that will educate and enlighten, rather than shutting doors.”
The Songwriting Camp initiative is a neutral hub that values creativity and worldwide relationships, without claiming any ownership of the creative rights. Allowing musicians to meet, network and get inspired is just as important as producing hits.
Christophe Muller, Head of International Music Partnerships, YouTube said: “The Songwriting Camps are exciting opportunities to bring together creative, inspiring songwriters and producers to learn from each other. We're pleased to support this initiative and look forward to helping more songwriters to connect and build up their knowledge of YouTube."
Gadi Oron, Director General at CISAC said: “Today’s young and emerging creators have more opportunities and tools than ever before to be heard, but with the immense opportunities come new challenges in fostering a successful career and making a living from music. It is our role and responsibility to help new creators navigate today’s music industry and Songwriting Camps are exactly about that. CISAC and its member societies are proud to be part of this important initiative and to help accompany writers, educate them about their rights and help foster their creativity.”
Louis Diringer, Membership Director at SACEM said: “Sacem is thrilled to be partnering with the Songwriting Camps. This program fosters our commitment to carrying on of our members by offering them continuously new services as well as innovative programs. We are convinced that such initiatives represent concrete opportunities enabling creators and publishers to work cross border, enlarge their professional network, exchange their experience and cooperate to create new works.”
Karen Buse, Executive Director of Membership and International at PRS for Music said: “PRS for Music strives to support songwriters and composers throughout their careers, ensuring they are paid when their music is used and offering advice through networking opportunities across the country. We are thrilled to welcome Songwriting Camps to London and help celebrate such a wealth of diverse creative talent,”
For more information, please contact:
Amanda Elefelt, PR Manager Auddly
About Songwriting Camps
Songwriting Camps is an organisation borne out of Stockholm Songwriting Camp, which was started in 2015 by Niclas Molinder with support from Bjorn Ulvaeus, Max Martin, ABBA the Museum, SKAP, STIM and Stockholm Business Region. Songwriting Camps gather, 45 in Stockholm and 21 in both London and Paris, of the world's most promising songwriters and producers together for creating new constellations writing songs - for three days at the same hotel. A selection committee has been hand-picked participants who traveled from the US, England, Australia, France, Japan and Jamaica. Songwriting Camps is the international umbrella organization and exactly like Stockholm Songwriting Camp, a neutral platform that does not require any ownership over the music being created.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.