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Monday, April 29, 2013

Have You Heard About The House of Songs?

Vision: Bring artists from two different cultures together to collaborate.

If Austin can do it, why not Hamilton?

(From the House of Songs website)

The House of Songs™ started as a project involving two Danish musicians' guilds and Austin-based singer-songwriter Troy Campbell. After meeting Danish star Poul Krebs and being invited to attend a songwriting retreat on a Danish island, Campbell recognized the value of bringing artists from different cultures together to collaborate. Feeling creatively invigorated from his own experience, he expressed his wish to start a similar program in Austin. Krebs and Roar Amundsen,  told him to develop a plan.

Campbell envisioned having two artists at a time visit Austin for two-week composing sessions with local
singer-songwriters. With funding from the Danish Society for Jazz, Rock and Folk Composers (DJBFA),and DPA (an association of composers and lyricists), he rented a house and furnished it with instruments. Started in 2009 as a yearlong project, the House of Songs became so successful, support grew and its reach expanded. Artists from Africa and Japan have shared the House of Songs experience, and Austin artists have participated in creating some Northern European hits that resulted in Scandinavian tours, allowing them to generate income, royalties and more exposure. Several also participated in a background staff partners in the media comments have shared the House of Songs experience, and Austin artists have participated in creating some Northern European hits that resulted in Scandinavian tours, allowing them to generate income, royalties and more exposure. Several also participated in a House of Songs™ “camp” at a 16th- century Danish castle, documented in the film, “All I Know.”

Other countries, including Canada, are now offering funding for reciprocal participation and seeking information about starting similar exchange programs.

In 2011, Campbell purchased a house in Southeast Austin that helps generate income via a garage apartment available for short-term leasing.

The House of Songs™ is now branching out into other creative endeavors as well, including a planned nonprofit offshoot to help Austin share the work of its artistic community and build bridges with other creative centers around the world.

Both initiatives are driven by a simple vision: By bringing people from different cultures together to share creative ideas, we cultivate greater understanding and ultimately help Austin export creative talent by building bridges with other creative centers around the world.

http://www.thehouseofsongs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-House-of-Songs/144460699888


Glen T Brown is the creator of HamiltonMusician.com Google

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