SOCAN Introduces Song Camp Mondays

SOCAN “Song Camp Mondays” designed to nurture Canadian songwriting ecosystem,  bringing song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible

Song camp experiences can prove tremendously valuable to a songwriter’s career. There’s the fact that the participants are sometimes writing specifically for major artists, so their work sometimes has a real chance at worldwide commercial success. Most often, over the four or five days of a song camp, songwriters, producers, beat-makers, “top-line” lyricists, and musicians forge creative friendships that last long after the camp has ended, as they continue to collaborate. And almost all participants at song camps are enthused by how much they learned in the process, and how they stretched their songwriting skills.

For example, YouTube sensation Daniela Andrade says, of her first week-long song camp (SOCAN’s Kenekt Song Camp in 2016): “Everyone was really encouraging, and open to collaborating and bouncing ideas off each other. It was great to be around fellow musicians and share not only music, but personal experiences and mutual obstacles in the business as well. We encouraged and gave each other advice. It was a special sense of community!”

from left: Pat Robitaille, Lisa Conway, and LADY PARUK, Song Camp participants
from left: Pat Robitaille, Lisa Conway, and LADY PARUK, Song Camp participants

Small wonder SOCAN has been organizing its own song camps for several years now, in order to support Canadian songwriting and foster the creation of new music. In 2017, we’ll organize our third annual Kenekt Song Camp, and our second annual song camps in Québec and British Columbia, as well as reprising our “Song House” events at various Canadian music conferences.

The only drawback is that there are a limited number of spaces open to our members at these song camps. In order to extend the song camp experience to more members, SOCAN has launched its new, monthly “Song Camp Mondays” initiative, whereby SOCAN members can apply to participate in a three-person, one-day writing session at the SOCAN Toronto office, at 41 Valleybrook Drive. Applicants, who must be SOCAN members, are chosen at random, and submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.

“Song Camp Mondays” are designed to bring the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible, helping them build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft. “We believe that by nurturing the Canadian songwriting ecosystem, the entire industry benefits,” says Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “Music publishers, record labels, managers, agents, and songwriters themselves all win when we can help those at the grassroots gain the kind of valuable experience, relationships, knowledge – and most importantly, confidence – that we’ve seen from the song camps that we organize and sponsor. We believe that great things will come from this project and we plan to eventually bring it to other parts of the country as well.” (SOCAN members can apply here.)

“Song Camp Mondays” are just another way that SOCAN is working hard every day to support and encourage its songwriting members, and benefit the industry at large.