International Writers Camp


International Writers Camp 2017

The International Writers Camp (IWC) is an annual event organised by Conservatorium Haarlem in order to introduce the Pop & E-music students to the real world of the music industry, while expanding their mind set and expertise by intensively working together with creative minds from another genre, profession, and country.

The IWC is powered by real commercial assignments from renowned industry representatives (among which BMG/Talpa, Armada Music & Strengholt Music). An incredibly valuable learning experience for all participants and an amazing way to obtain international experience and contacts within just a matter of days.

This year’s edition will take place from Tuesday October 31st until Friday November 3th. We expect participating students from over 14 countries including:

Leeds College of Music (United Kingdom)

University of Agder (Norway)

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Spain)

Hochschule der Populären Künste (Germany)

Hogeschool Gent (Belgium)

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus (Spain)

Royal Northern College of Music (United Kingdom)

Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland)

Metropolia (Finland)

Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)

Royal Academy of Music (Denmark)

Saint Louis College of Music (Italy)

On Tuesday the IWC kicks off with a briefing informing the students about the kind of songs the publishing companies and record labels are looking for. Previous to the briefing all students have been mixed into groups with at least one vocalist, one electronic musician/producer, and one instrumentalist. Each group chooses one assignment and works on it during the following three days.

During the IWC all the facilities of Conservatorium Haarlem (three professional audio studios, rehearsal rooms, vocal & production booths) will be exclusively available for these projects. Several teachers and esteemed music industry professionals will be present to coach the students.

On Friday the IWC is concluded with a plenary presentation of the end results. All the representatives of the publishing companies and record labels are members of the jury. They will reflect on the students' work and reveal whether the end result could or will be used for an official pitch. During previous project weeks we were delighted to see that in several cases the end products met the industry standards, impressed the jury and led to student groups actually striking a real deal with an international music business corporation! 

International Writers Camp 2016

Mini documentary IWC 2016, 8 minutes

About Conservatorium Haarlem

Our school is located in Haarlem, a historic city about 15 km from Amsterdam. Conservatorium Haarlem is the smallest music conservatory in the Netherlands, fully specialised in Pop and Electronic Music (dance music production, studio production & audio for media). It was voted best Dutch conservatory in several leading student and industry surveys in 2016 and 2017, being praised for its specialist attitude, acclaimed teacher team, excellent facilities, focus on entrepreneurship and a proactive connection with the music industry. 

Start: Tuesday October 31, 10:00h

End: Friday November 3, 15:00h


PLEASE NOTE: it is not possible to register for IWC2017 personally. Your college, school or university has to sign you up. In order to register for IWC 2017, please contact your tutor for further info. 

Conservatorium Haarlem will provide (basic) hotel accommodation in Haarlem from Monday October 30st till Friday morning November 3th.

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