Between June 18 and July 27, 2020, SOCAN and IASCA (the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) co-created six one-day, three-person song camps, partnering teams of Canadian and Irish songwriters online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since our members haven’t been able to travel internationally for co-writing trips, we’ve found an alternative way to facilitate global collaboration,” said SOCAN A&R Representative Racquel Villagante. “It’s heartening what we’ve been able to do in these strange and challenging times.”
“These camps have been the highlight of my quarantine season,” says IASCA’s Sinéad Troy, who co-curated the camps with her IASCA colleague Sheena Keane, and SOCAN’s Villagante. “Some have even brought me to tears.”
Several Canadian music industry players were involved in submitting SOCAN members from their rosters to participate in these camps, including Warner Chappell, Arts & Crafts, RGK Entertainment, and Cutcraft.
The participants were as follows:
||Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
“The SOCAN/ IASCA camp was so much fun!” said participant Livy Jeanne. “I think with the world feeling like it’s completely upside-down, being a part of the camp reminded me again how music is still a massive connector for everyone, especially creatives, in times that feel shaky. I loved being able to collaborate with two incredibly talented people on the other side of the world, and creating something that didn’t exist three hours prior. Thank you, SOCAN, for this awesome opportunity.”
“The SOCAN/IASCA song camp was an invaluable experience,” said participant Clayton Bellamy. “Not only did it expand my working relationships with other artists and producers, it developed new material which I was able to use for my upcoming project.”
“Thanks to SOCAN for including me,” said participant Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. “I loved my session from home. Often, co-writing requires a fair bit of travel, hotels, restaurants, and taxis, so it was nice to have a session at home, with writers from L.A. and Dublin. Mick Flannery and I played one of the same virtual festivals this year as well. It was good to connect this way.”