SOCAN launches monthly “Song Camp Mondays” at Toronto Office

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Submitted by Howard Druckman

On January 9, 2017 SOCAN 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, will be chosen at random, and SOCAN members can apply here. 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 help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible”.

“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 of course the writers 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.”

“Song Camp Mondays” will take place on the first Monday of each month, starting Feb. 6, 2017. Each session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor Sound Lounge of SOCAN’s Toronto office, at 41 Valleybrook Drive. There will be a lunch break at 1:00 p.m., which includes a brief “SOCAN 101” session to explain how to register the co-written song with SOCAN, so the writers can get paid when it’s performed. The Sound Lounge is well equipped with gear, but participants will bring their own instrument(s) and gear of choice for songwriting.

Participating songwriters must be willing to split ownership of the newly created song in equal shares – regardless of the individual parties' contributions to the final work. They must also be prepared to work collaboratively and co-operatively, and come into the session with an open mind, willing to work with their two co-writers regardless of genre and skill level. Of course, if participants are enjoying the co-writing process, they’re free to continue the co-writing relationship after the session.

SOCAN members can apply only once for “Song Camp Mondays” in any given calendar year, throughout which they’ll remain available to be randomly chosen to participate. But members who’ve applied and were not selected for the program are free to submit again the next year.

How valuable is the song camp experience? "Everyone was really encouraging, and open to collaborating and bouncing ideas off each other,” says YouTube sensation Daniela Andrade of her first week-long song camp, SOCAN’s 2016 Kenekt. “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!”

Please note that SOCAN will not provide any payment for travel or lodgings to successful applicants for “Song Camp Mondays.”