Our History

The House of Songs invites songwriters from around the world to share the universal language of music in collaborations designed to bridge cultures, build friendships and cultivate peace.

Inspired by a collaboration between Troy Campbell and Poul Krebs, the House was envisioned at a writer's retreat on the Danish island Samsø, aka Song Island. In 2009, they started a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. Recognizing music provides a conduit for connecting diverse cultures together, Campbell developed a plan to spread the concept to other parts of the world. The House of Songs has since sponsored collaborations in 13 countries and now operates out of Austin and Bentonville, Arkansas, where the second permanent location, The House of Songs Ozarks, opened in September 2017. 

House participants have had internationally charted songs, earned Grammy nominations and festival headlining slots and built lifelong bonds with musicians and fans. Envisioning international collaboration as the driving force for the future, The House of Songs continues to use music to open dialogues and build understanding and, ideally, global harmony.

Our Team

The House of Songs team is a small core of passionate individuals who care deeply about music and the communities it creates. As the House has grown, so has the team. Learn more about our dedicated staff members here.

Our Board

Board members for The House of Songs provide our team with key industry experience and connections, and use their expertise to help guide the House as it strives to connect musicians both domestically and globally. Each board member brings a unique and varied background to the table, all of which combined for a well-connected and deeply experienced leadership team. Learn more about our leadership team here.

Our Houses

What would we be without our houses? The House of Songs may be much bigger than brick and mortar, but our mission and artist experiences rely on our physical houses. Learn more about the houses and their surrounding areas, and how the spaces they provide create unique opportunities for creativity and performance.