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Songcamp is an artist collective and creative studio experimenting with songwriting camps and emergent technology to unlock new ways of creating and releasing music on the internet.
Started in 2021, Songcamp has run three online songwriting camps with over 50 emerging musicians from around the world. The music they created was released via compilation projects as onchain immersive collections. Songcamp’s creative studio builds out experimental collectibles around the songs, bringing new paths of interactivity for fans and new paths of monetization for artists.
We believe music can be contextualized, distributed and valued online in far more imaginative ways than they currently are.
Songwriting camps present a unique framework to bring this vision into reality. Songwriting camps have the potential to unlock new levels of creativity, confidence and friendship amongst groups of talented musicians. They often allow artists to stretch into yet unseen realms of their own artistry, as they crash into fresh ideas and people in new and inspiring settings. But all too often, the beautiful artifacts of such an experience — the songs themselves — don’t make it out into the world. They get stuck in the music industry. New internet technologies enabled by blockchains offer us novel sandboxes to play in when it comes to putting out music. We can reimagine how art is released, how rights and royalties are structured amongst a group, and - most importantly - we can explore new ways to define and capture value for our work. Suddenly, collectively releasing the collaboratively created music from a songwriting camp becomes a lot more natural.
Our mission is to unlock the power and beauty of songwriting camps through the enabling forces of emergent technology.
We envision a future where musicians are able to plug in and out of pop-up collective identities, songwriting camps, and headless bands — adding their unique styles to these networks as they form. We see a world where internet-native rights, royalties and accreditation can flow as smoothly as the music itself. Through the practice of running experimental songwriting camps, we are cultivating a meaningful network of musicians, artists and cultural supporters with a shared intent and curiosity for the possibilities at the nexus of music and the new internet.
Welcome to Songcamp.
Our flagship experiments are called camps, and we run them about once per year. Each camp brings together a cohort of musicians, visual artists, engineers and storytellers. Over a period of a few weeks or months, this group of multidisciplinary artists collaboratively creates a wildly creative and experimental music project. The body of work is then released as an onchain collection through an immersive experience on the internet.
Labs are member-initiated and run experiments within our community. Some of which were born out of Camps, others began independently. Many of them are the product of brainstorms had on our weekly Heartbeat call.
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Welcome! The best place to start is on our weekly Heartbeat Calls. which happen every Monday at 4pm ET / 1pm PT in our Discord server. You can RSVP and access these calls via the Events section on the homepage or join our Discord server at songcamp.band and access upcoming Heartbeats within.
Camps are currently running at about one per year. That said, we plan to increase that frequency starting in 2024. The first 3 camps were run purely online, and involved many people coordinating across continents and timezones to pull off ambitious releases. Camps 2 and 3 each ran for 12-weeks total.
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