Song camps: the publisher perspective

Sarah Liversedge, BDi, Bucks Music GroupSong camps are becoming an increasingly popular way for publishers and groups of songwriters to get together and create songs tailored to a specific artist.

Often the songs will be crafted by as many as six songwriters, who will receive a different brief each day and produce up to 30 songs a week.

When we heard that publishers Bucks Music and Peermusic had organised a week-long camp involving more than 30 artists and songwriters, we went along to find out more.

The songwriters involved in this particular camp included Rob Davis, who co-wrote Kylie’s mega-hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Nina Woodford (co-writer of James Morrison’s Broken Strings), The Verve’s Simon Tong, Sway, and Amy Wadge, who has ‘cuts’ on Ed Sheeran’s + album.

By the end of the week, the songwriters had created 25 original songs with specific acts in mind, including The Saturdays, Misha B, Charlie Brown and Josh Kumra.

We spoke to some of the songwriters there to find out more about the creating process.

Below, Sarah Liversedge, Managing Director of BDi and Director of A&R at Bucks Music, explains the next stage, when the songs are returned to the commissioners for approval.