OECS song writers, music producers to gather in Dominica

musicThe 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.



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  1. Eee Dee You
    May 10, 2014

    The press release is not fully clear. In fact, this event is not for the general public. The participants were selected from across the OECS from among persons identified by the EDU and the Song Writers Camp facilitators. Limited space is available for this activity which was capped at 15 participants.

    The release forms part of the public relations activities of the Unit meant to bring visibility to its work and the support being received from the European Union under the 10th EDF.
    EDU welcomes the interest in this activity from the public and invites interested persons to call at our offices on the 4th Floor, Financial Center to discuss with one of our officers

  2. Affa
    May 8, 2014

    Good idea. However it sounds like this was kept hush hush till last moment to only include certain people? Perception is everything papa. Great exposure anyway.

  3. Graham Chambers
    May 8, 2014

    So Dominican songwriters residing in the Diaspora are excluded?

  4. hmmm
    May 8, 2014

    That is a very good idea however,

    Why do they feel the need to inform the public of this only a day or few days before. That is sooo disrespectful. Whoever is head of the OECS unit in Dominica need to do something about this. If you all want better for US Dominicans you have to act like it.

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