Swedish songwriting initiative goes global

Stockholm Songwriting Camp. Photo: Emil Nils Nylander
Stockholm Songwriting Camp. Photo: Emil Nils Nylander

Stockholm Songwriting Camp: a three-day writing session in a Swedish hotel. Photo: Emil Nils Nylander

With support from YouTube, CISAC, SACEM, PRS for Music and Auddly, Stockholm’s Songwriting Camp expands to include Paris and London

Founded in 2015, the Stockholm Songwriting Camp gathered songwriters and producers for a three-day writing session in a hotel in Sweden’s capital city. Now, the initiative is going global, including a ‘Paris Songwriting Camp’ in September and a ‘London Songwriting Camp’ in October, with the ambition to have annual camps in other territories such as Australia, Asia and the US.

The Stockholm Songwriting Camp was started by Niclas Molinder with help from Bjorn Ulvaeus, Max Martin, ABBA the Museum, SKAP, STIM and Stockholm Business Region. The aim was to create 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.

“We are so glad to take our creative vision out to the world,” explains Molinder. “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.”

“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,” says PRS for Music’s Karen Buse.

Previous songwriters who have attended include Whitney Phillips, Mapei, Electric, Jessica Ashley, Becky Hill, Nat Dunn, WatchTheDuck, Brett McLaughlin, Elof Loelv, Miriam Bryant, Albin Nedler, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Will Simms, Joleen Belle, Hygrade, Trinity, Kim Cesarion and Anjulie.

The new Songwriting Camps are backed by YouTube and collective management organisations SACEM, PRS for Music and CISAC, as well as the song project platform Auddly. The producer set-up is supported by technical sponsors such as M-Audio, Air Music Tech, Genelec, Fender and Aston Mics.

To find out more, go to: songwritingcamps.com

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