Songwriting Camps in the 21st Century

  • Herbst, J. (Speaker)
  • Williams, K. (Speaker)
  • Michael Ahlers (Speaker)
  • Ingrid Tolstad (Speaker)
  • Simon Barber (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Popular music has a high personal value for many people; it touches us emotionally, creates memories and accompanies us in our daily lives. Despite the romantic notion that performing artists write their own songs, the reality is often quite different. Many songs that enter the charts are (co-)written by professional songwriting teams, increasingly in songwriting camps convened and overseen by publishers and record companies.

This session will discuss early findings and challenges emerging from the three year AHRC/DFG-funded international research project Songwriting Camps in the 21st Century (SC21) which explores how collaborative songwriting takes place in songwriting camps in the UK and Germany, as well as comparisons with Norway.

The project is currently investigating the collaborative creative processes and interplay of the different skill-sets of various roles (topliners, beatmakers, lyricists, producers, performers) and seeking insights into the organisation of offline and online camps, legal factors, and the role of songwriting camps within the wider music industries.
Period18 Oct 2023
Held atBirmingham City University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational