Calling for entries to the 1st ELEMENTS National Songwriting Camp

Dumaguete is known for its breathtaking beaches and seemingly endless supply of seafood and dessert delights. But what attracts the eager traveler—and what defines the gentle people of the city—is the idyllic lifestyle and the brimming creative atmosphere that embraces this quaint city.

Now imagine spending five days in the city together with the best of best in the OPM scene, along with fellow songwriters who have the same dream of learning the craft of songwriting and making it big in the industry.

This year, 7101 MUSIC NATION brings The 1st ELEMENTS National Songwriting Camp to the shores of Dumaguete. Here, aspiring songwriters will have the chance to enhance their talents and learn from the masters while enjoying Dumaguete’s famous cityscape as the venue and source of inspiration for their music.

Whether it’s by a neat campfire in the pools of Bahura Resort or a field workshop amid the rain forests at Lake Balanan, ELEMENTS aims to create a unique experience that combines fun and education with something that everyone loves—music.

The first of its kind, ELEMENTS is an annual songwriting camp for aspiring and professional songwriters. For its maiden voyage, artists of different genres and disciplines and aspiring songwriters will be treated to an out-of-the-classroom mentorship from November 14 to 18, all expenses paid.

Sixty participants will get to learn from and make music with OPM icons like 7101 Music Nation artistic director Ryan Cayabyab, Jim Paredes, Gary Valenciano, Joey Ayala, and Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar, to name a few. Of these 60, 20 slots would each come from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

To apply, log on to their official website Application period is from July 20 to August 22, 2010. Live auditions and tryouts will be handled and overseen by Ryan Cayabyab and his team of songwriters. The final list of chosen songwriters will be announced on September 22.

So if you’re looking for that push to get your musical career started, ELEMENTS is the perfect way to get tuned up. You’ll get the inspiration, the know-how, and even a few friends along the way to unleash the musical genius in you.