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Music NS Accepting Submissions for Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Music Nova Scotia is accepting submissions for songwriters to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which takes place in Ingonish, Cape Breton on July 10 – 15, 2016.

At the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, emerging writers come from all over Nova Scotia to collaborate and co-write songs with their peers, mentor with award-winning artists, and learn from music industry leaders.

To be eligible to apply, songwriters must: currently live in Nova Scotia; be between the ages of 18-24; have links online to where Music NS can listen to three songs written by the applicant (on their artist website, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, are most common) OR email MP3 recordings/demos.

There is no fee to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Accommodations and meals are provided at no cost to the songwriters. A maximum of five new songwriters will be selected to attend. Only successful candidates will be notified.

To apply, send an email to with the following information: first and last name; city/town of current residence; links online to three songs you’ve written OR email MP3 recordings/demos; lyrics for the three songs being submitted, in a Word document; one to two paragraphs explaining the songwriter’s musical background. The applicant can include three additional websites such as a Facebook fan page, Twitter, and links to videos and press online.

Deadline for submissions is: March 15, 2016

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Song is an annual event, conceived by Gordie Sampson, a multiple-award winning Canadian songwriter and artist, as a way to “give back” to the community that has supported him. The intent is to nurture young songwriters, give them access to knowledge, and to help them develop tools that will benefit their writing careers.

Past songwriters include Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Evan Meisner, Breagh MacKinnon, Barbara Cameron, Brandon Johnson, Elijah Wohlmuth, Jenny MacDonald, Natalie Lynn, Dave Sampson, Dana Beeler, Seamus Erskine, Willie Stratton, Laura Roy, Nicole Ariana, Kyle Mischiek, T Thomason, Reeny Smith, and Jahmal Wellington AKA Frank Kadillac.

Sponsors and partners include: Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage; Music Nova Scotia; The Ceilidh Cup; SOCAN; and the SOCAN Foundation and Bell Media Canadian Songwriter Challenge.

For more information, contact Music Nova Scotia: 902-423-6271,,

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