Sony Music Publishing Launches Inaugural West Africa Songwriter Camp

Mark your calendars: 5-12 January

Since the early ’90s, Sony Music Publishing has been home to the world’s best selection of songwriters, with classic catalogues including The Beatles, Michael Jackson and contemporary catalogues such as Rihanna, Beyoncé and more. As one of the largest music publishers globally, Sony Music Publishing has spent years creating a space for talented songwriters and artists to harness their skills and upscale their reach.

Late last year, Sony Music Publishing opened its first office in Lagos, Nigeria, a welcome move that saw music entrepreneur, Godwin Tom appointed as its first-ever Managing Director. The new African division will allow the company to expand its operations in Africa and better serve its growing number of composers and songwriters in the continent.

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Now, with its sights firmly set on Africa and expanding its global reach and growing roster of songwriters and composers across the region, Sony Music Publishing has today launched its inaugural songwriting camp in West Africa, set to take place in Accra, Ghana from January 5-12, 2023. The SMP Ghana Camp reflects the company’s efforts to expand support and drive growth opportunities for creative communities across the African continent.

Spearheaded by Head of A&R for Africa, Wale Davies, the week-long event will encompass a wide range of activities including sessions with top songwriters, artists and producers; creative/A&R mixers; wellness activities; and community outreach workshops aimed at supporting the next generation of songwriters. The initiative will also bring together a diverse community of songwriters from across SMP’s global roster including Tems, Ladipoe, Lojay, Guiltybeatz, Ozedikus, AV, Berwyn, Moon Willis, Rymez, and more.

Speaking about the SMP songwriter camp, Wale Davies shares:

“It’s an honour to spearhead the inaugural Sony Music Publishing West Africa camp, as we work to foster creativity and community across the roster and invest in the next generation of African talent. As a Nigerian myself it has always been a goal of mine to build bridges between the continent and the rest of the globe, and I am grateful for this opportunity to cultivate the future of music with SMP.”

Sony Music Publishing Managing Director, Nigeria Godwin Tom also shares:

“This camp is a part of Sony Music Publishing’s commitment to African songwriters and the continent. I am delighted to be a part of this important effort to build meaningful connections between African composers and artists to other Africans, as well as the international music market. I also look forward to working together with our head of A&R for the continent, Wale Davies, along with our South African office as we further expand these songwriter focused initiatives around the world.”

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