“Latvian Music Development Association/Latvian Music Export” has successfully concluded the 9th session of the “RIGaLIVE” songwriting camp that took place from November 7 to 9, bringing together 30 songwriters, performers, and producers with an aim to create new songs and collaborations.
On the first day of the camp, participants engaged in informative masterclasses on intellectual property matters, including copyrights, neighbouring rights. The sessions were led by Liena Edvardsa, executive director of the Latvian Performers and Producer’s Association (LaIPA), and Linda Zommere, head of the legal department at the Patent Office.
Additionally, there were presentations on entering the Estonian music market by Ave Tölpt (Music Estonia), insights into the French music market by Benjamin Demelemester (Centre national de la musique), and discussions on music synchronization in film and advertising featuring Magdalena Niestryjewska from Jaguarec. The day concluded with a panel discussion on synchronization in films, ads, and beyond, featuring Guna Zučiks (Every Little Thing, LV), Dāvis Sīmanis (film director, LV), Magdalena Niestryjewska (Jaguarec, PL), Sandra Perens (Tier Music Publishing, EE), and Elvijs Pārpucs (Later Riga, LV).
During the second and third days of the camp, participants worked on creating new songs, presenting their work each evening not only to fellow participants but also to industry experts who evaluated the potential of each song.
“Our goal was to create an international, exciting platform for music creation and artist development, and we have achieved that. The collaboration with ‘Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music Secondary School’ is vital as it allows us to involve the younger generation, share industry knowledge, and promote the acquisition of essential skills. We express our gratitude to the team, students, and director Ainārs Šablovskis of Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music Secondary School for their collaboration and support,” said Agnese Cimuška-Rekke, executive director of the Latvian Music Development Association/Latvian Music Export.
“This camp has been like a creative recharge that has opened up new perspectives not only in my songwriting but also provided an opportunity to collaborate with talented musicians from other countries. I am confident that ‘RIGaLIVE’ is a place where new collaborations and opportunities emerge, and I am happy to be part of this wonderful experience,” commented singer Marta Grigale, reflecting on her participation in the “RIGaLIVE” songwriting camp.
In total, the 9th session of the RIGaLIVE camp produced 25 new songs in various music genres. This year, participants included musicians from nine countries: Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Slovenia.
“RIGaLIVE” is organized with the support of the Latvian Performers and Producers’ Association (LaIPA), the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music Secondary School, Laima, Jersika Chips, VENDEN, msonic Baltic Latvia, and Aldaris.