Open call for Funkie Monkies Professional Songwriting Camp 2017


Staff member

Following up with the huge success of our 10th year Anniversary of FM Pop Music School, Funkie Monkies is again in search for the new generation of hit makers, in conjunction with the big names in the Asian music scene, as well as to encourage everyone to “Write the Song in You”.

Funkie Monkies Publishing is always on the look out for passionate new potential hit songwriters amongst their training wing to get them industry ready, providing them with a platform to have their works published and performed by the industry’s leading artistes. In celebration of FM Pop Music School’s 10th year anniversary, Funkie Monkies held a “20 Hits in 10 Hours” song writing camp last year and received overwhelming response from the local music industry. Over 300 entries were received and 80 individuals were chosen to take part in the 10 hour camp, where 20 Hit songs were written, arranged, recorded and pitched to Asia big record labels. Songwriters from last year’s camp had already published songs to Andy Lau, Stefanie Sun, BE4 and various other Taiwanese and China artists. Funkie Monkies Publishing will be looking out for hit making gems not only from FM Pop Music School, but also from the public.

Opportunities for the Songwriters

The Songwriting Camp creates an opportunity for local musicians, songwriters and music arrangers to work together as a team to create original music content, while encouraging community building at the same time. With a time limit as well as working with composers of a different music background, provide an excellent environment for the musicians to step up their game, while stepping out of their comfort zone.

Furthermore, industry-ready songs written during the song camp will be pitched to the music industry together with Funkie Monkies’ longstanding partner Warner Chappell to established networks of recording artists and record labels. This motion is also supported by “Noise Movement”, National Arts Council, mm2 Entertainment, The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) and *SCAPE. The winning team will win the chance of working with mm2 Entertainment on the upcoming China drama series.

Audience alignment, music consultation and public engagement

In this day and age of mp3s and music streaming services, where the album inlays stating the names of the production crew behind the hit songs are absent, the public is generally unaware of the existence and importance of the music makers. Unknown to the local music listeners, Singapore’s success in the Asian music industry is not limited to Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin. Singaporean musicians, songwriters and producers have always been a strong presence in Asian Mandarin Pop scene's top hits.

Besides in depth discussion of various topics on the current music industry, the Music conference will also provide an excellent opportunity for the industrial veterans to address the most pressing questions on the minds of the music lovers. Aspiring songwriters will win a chance for a 1-on-1 music consultation session with the mentors during the Music Conference.

Music Conference including Open Table talk by Industry players and 1-in-1

Music Consulation

All prestigious guests and mentors including Mr Benjamin Lin (Jacky Cheung Producer), Alex Nese (Jolin Tsai, Sammi Cheng Composer, Arranger), Ms Monica Lee (President, Warner/Chappell Music Asia-Pacific), Ms Jessica Chang (Creative Executive, Warner/Chappell Music Taiwan), Mr Eric Ng (Top music maker), Ms Xiaohan (Award-winning lyricist) and Jim Lim (Renowned Composer, Arranger) will be giving their views in the current music climate and trends in the regional industry and sharing the real world song selection process, in 4 short in-depth Panel discussion and one Plenary Session as well as 1-on-1 music consultation with members of the public who had been selected based on the questions they submitted.

This event is open to public and all music lovers upon RSVP and will be held on 10th December, Sunday at *SCAPE, The Ground Theatre, 4:00 -9:30 pm.

The Camp

Funkie Monkies Publishing Songwriting Camp's main objective is to provide potential hit songwriters/music arrangers an unique experience to work together to produce no less than 20 quality original song demos, complete with melody, lyrics, vocals, music arrangement and production in 10 hours under the professional guidance of Asia's music veterans (see “Mentors”). During this camp, the songwriters will experience an in-depth, hands-on exploration on the joys of collaborating in songwriting.

Through demo submissions from the public, Funkie Monkies will accept up to a total of 80 participants including vocalists, melody composers, lyricists, musicians and music arrangers, who will be grouped into teams of 3 or 4. The teams will be given a room each at ITE College Central. Mentors who are leading A&Rs, hit makers and music publishers will be split into 2 teams, taking on 10 groups each, make their rounds, sharing tips and offering insights to up the level of their compositions. Frequent and informal interaction between writers and mentors is to ensure that participants are presenting their best works and empowered to make the most of their music in hands-on and meaningful ways. This event will be held on 9th December 2017, 9 am-9 pm.

The showcase

At the end of the writing period, the participants will have to present at least a clear draft of their songs to mentors who would be giving their input on the songs and the presentations. The teams are required to submit a complete quality demo of the song one week after the camp for pitching.

Four awards of Best Song, Outstanding Lyricist, Outstanding Composer and Outstanding Music Arranger will be given out after the showcase. They will stand to win an Exclusive Writer’s contract which is a ticket to continued grooming by mentors at Funkie Monkies Publishing as well as a chance to write the theme for mm2 Entertainment’s next movie series, and attractive prizes from beyerdynamic Asia and Klotz cable

Continued grooming

This valuable talent-scouting event for the new generation of hit makers does not stop there. Writers of the highest potential during this event will be signed on as Exclusive songwriters under Funkie Monkies Publishing. They will continue to be trained by Asian pop veteran hit makers Eric Ng and Xiaohan.

How to take part and requirements

The Songwriting Camp is open to all Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent residents. Applicants are not have any publishing contractual obligations with any other music publishers, and they will have to sign a song by song contract with Funkie Monkies Publishing for the songs composed during the songwriting camp.

Most importantly, applicants should possess a strong interest, and a talent in one of the following areas: Chinese lyrics writing, Song composing, Music arrangement. Applicants need to be able to work well with a team of likeminded composers/musicians. And be fully available on the 19th November 2017 (2pm-5pm), 9th December 2017(10am-9pm) and 10th December 2017 (4pm-9:30pm).

All works (chinese lyrics or demos of melody/ arrangements, whichever applicable) submitted must be unpublished original material with proof of rights and/or copyright by the applicant. The Funkie Monkies Publishing Pte Ltd assumes no liability for copyright or other infringements. Do indicate your primary instrument and/or if the submitted demo is sung by you.

Entry Procedure

Step 1: You can apply as a Lyricist, Composer or Music Arranger, whicheverapplicable.
Step 2: Register with us at from 10 October 2017 onwards.
Step 3: Submit your demo for selection process to by 3rd November 2017 (deadline) with the following details:
a) Email Header: Funkie Monkies Professional Songwriting Camp Demo Submission (Lyrics/Melody/Arrangement) *indicate where appropriate
b) Name (as per NRIC):
c) Works (1 Chinese lyrics or 2 demos of melody/ arrangements, whichever applicable).
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