The OECS Export Development Unit will conduct a three day Regional Song Writers Work camp in Dominica for some of the top song writers and music producers from across OECS Member States.
The Regional Song Writer’s Work camp will be staged at the Atlantique Resort & Spa, Anse de Mai, from May 9th – 11th 2014 and will be the first of its kind.
The Song Writer’s Camp will involve participation of between 15 and 18 of the best song writers and music producers from across OECS Member States, in an attempt to enhance their writing skills, build team-work and encourage greater collaboration and synergies among writers, producers and performers of various musical genres in the OECS. The camp will most importantly result in the production of a compilation of songs to be distributed and marketed to regional and global music audiences and consumers.
“The idea for the work camp really is about trying to better position OECS music,” Sobers Esprit, Business Development Officer of the OECS Export Development Unit in Dominica, said. “We recognize that the OECS has a rich talent in terms of music but we feel there is a need for us to take advantage of emerging opportuities. So we are using the camps as one of the ways, as part of the building block process for stepping up on the kind of work we have to do to get our music industry on a better footing.”
A group of leading music producers and mentors from across the region will facilitate the three-day event. Well connected to the regional and global music industry, they will provide training in writing techniques, guide writers on the nuances and particular styles and idioms best suited for regional and global markets, and stimulate a process of co-production and collaboration leading to the creation of a compilation of songs.
The camp will begin with a formal opening ceremony on Friday 9th May 2014 and will end with a showcasing of works completed at the camp on Sunday evening.
The Regional Song Writer’s Work Camp is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region and is part of the effort by the regional body to better position the creative industries sector to take full advantage of existing and emerging market opportunities and to build the competitiveness of practitioners working in the sector.