Bucks/ole songcamp, featuring Island Def Jam Music Group, Hosts 35 International Songwriters to Craft a Body of great songs!


TORONTO, ON - (May 13, 2010): ole and U.K.-based Bucks Music Group, two of the world's largest independent music publishers, are co-hosting a unique writing initiative to craft hit singles.  The Bucks/ole songcamp kicks off next week in London, U.K. on May 17 through the 21st. This effort unites 35 songwriters for five-days of networking and collaboration with the goal of creating new hit material.

Island Def Jam Music Group, represented by the company's Sr. VP of A&R, Max Gousse, is the featured participant at the London songcamp and the writers will focus on creating great songs for some of that label's top artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Abraham McDonald and Chrisette Michelle. Among the writers at the songcamp, which will be held at the Grand Prix Studios in Chiswick, London, are ole's Tebey, Rupert Gayle, JC Smith and David Kopatz, along with Bucks Music Group's Si Hulbert, Jody Lei (Girls Aloud), Alan Eshuijs (Cascada) and Ray Hedges.  Non ole/Bucks-affiliated writers in attendance include Chris Braide, Nathan Retro, (artist/writer) Lemar, Labyrinth, Erika Nuri of The Writing Camp, Lady V, Alan Nglish and Alphabeat.

Bucks Music Group head of A&R Jimmy Smith says the focus of the event is to write hits. "The first few days will have the writers scheduled in rooms together but will be more relaxed later in the week."  Smith adds, "Any input from the artists will happen after the camp. Hopefully by the end of the five days there will be a number of hit singles created and also some tracks which can go on to become album contenders."

Chief Creative Officer Gilles Godard said "At ole, we continue to foster multi-genre international opportunities for our writers."  Both ole's Qiana Conley, Creative Director, West Coast, and Elizabeth Spear, Senior Creative Manager will be on hand at the Grand Prix Studios to manage this event and will be available to the media. "This ole/Bucks Music Group partnership in London will be an intense, artist-focused collaboration with the A&R guidance of Island Def Jam's Music Group Max Gousse, who we are pleased to have on board for the event," said Elizabeth Spear.

Over the past few years, the ole songcamps have proven to be an effective generator of great copyrights, many of which have been placed with a variety of big-name artists. ole's third annual pop+urban songcamp, held in Hollywood last year and co-presented by Foxx King Entertainment and the Musicians Institute, delivered 40 news songs in 7 days. The Berlin songcamp, held last year with co-presenter BMG Rights Management, was incredibly successful. In three days, the four ole writers in attendance, along with the ten BMG writers, created nine songs, all of which have been recorded. Four of the songs appear in the German film Hanni und Nanni, which is set for a June 17th release in Germany.  

About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto.  ole boasts a team of 32 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration.

With over 35,000 hours in film and TV ownership, ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights. ole's owned and controlled catalogue in children's television is now one of the largest in the world.  Most recent television administration/publishing awards include a 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today and a 2008 International Television Series Music Award for "Franklin".

ole's genre-diverse catalogue of over 40,000 songs includes current hits such as Taylor Swift singles "White Horse", "Teardrops On My Guitar," and "Picture To Burn"; Jay Sean's  "Down"; "Party All The Time" by The Black Eyed Peas; "Dancin' In Circles" by Love and Theft; Doc Walker's "Beautiful Life"; "I'm Already There" by Westlife; "S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) by Jordin Sparks; "Bad Girl" by Massari; and "I Remember" by Shiloh. Most recent awards include: 2009 Grammy for Best Country Song, "White Horse", from the Grammy Award winning album, "Fearless"; Canadian Country Music Association Publisher of the Year for 2009, 2008 and 2007; 2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song: "White Horse"; 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); and 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).ole is committed to being the global destination for world class songwriters, composers, IP investors and management talent and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

About Bucks:

Bucks Music Group is an international and independent music publisher, whose core business evolved from a strong 60s and 70s back catalogue of copyrights including classic songs A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Space Oddity and She and much loved tv themes such as Black Beauty, Upstairs Downstairs and On the Buses. Over the last decade the Bucks catalogue has rapidly developed and expanded making Bucks Music a leading UK independent music publisher. Our roster includes Mercury Prize winner Roni Size, Oscar winning composers David Arnold and Rachel Portman and Ivor Novello winner John Lunn and international chart topper Jay Sean. Emerging new artists for 2010 such as McLean, Professor Green and Wizard's Sleeve have collectively sold over half a million singles in the UK.

For further info please contact:Connie McNaughton,

Senior Director, Brand Management