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Songwriting Camp

Songwriting Camp at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a fun and unforgettable experience where budding songwriters ages 11 to 18 can hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make new friends. Discounts are available for members.

Registration for 2023 Songwriting Camp
Opens February 3

Ages 11 to 18

June 12-17, 2023: Beginner to Intermediate | July 10-15, 2023: Intermediate to Advanced

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday and 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saturday (each camp)

July 17 or 18, 2023: *Demo Day recording mini-camp

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (each day)

*Demo Day is an optional extension of Intermediate to Advanced Camp

Camp Fees

$460 for current Museum members (family level membership and up). Member rates can be accessed by logging into the member portal prior to registration.

$545 for non-members

*Financial assistance: We offer a limited number of needs-based financial assistance packages that reduce the camp fee to $25 or $275 for qualifying families. The application for financial assistance becomes available February 3.

This application must be submitted prior to registering for camp. See more information below.

Please email camp@countrymusichalloffame.org with any questions.

Demo Day Fee

$440 (financial assistance available)

Activities in both camps will include:

  • Songwriting lessons
  • Creative writing exercises
  • Individual and small-group mentoring
  • Instrument instruction
  • Voice and performance coaching
  • Tour of Hatch Show Print
  • Tour of Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row
  • Tour of the Museum galleries
  • Workshop led by a special guest
  • Digital recording tutorial
  • Visual art
  • A culminating Camp showcase in Ford Theater featuring campers and the songs created during the week (open to the public)
Woman and mentor

Intermediate to Advanced Camp activities will also include:

  • Exploration of the co-writing process
  • Introduction to recording and production techniques
  • Alternatives in songwriting exercises and approaches
  • Introduction to the business of songwriting and music publishing
  • The Nashville number system

Demo Day (optional extension of July Camp) will also include:

  • Recording a professional-quality demo of the original song written in Intermediate to Advanced Songwriting Camp
  • Collaborating with professional studio musicians and audio engineers during a live recording session
  • Learning the basics of mixing recordings using GarageBand, Logic, or Pro Tools
  • Receiving insights from music business professionals on how to market and distribute your music
Family Program: Songwriting 101 Workshop. Photo of music in front of someone playing the acoustic guitar.

Applying to Songwriting Camp

Registration Opens February 3, 2023. Please check back here beginning then.

  1. Please provide lyrics and a recording of one song you have written or co-written, and which you feel demonstrates your solid understanding of the basics of lyric writing: title, theme, verse, chorus, bridge (optional) and rhyme-scheme. We will not judge the quality of your performance or of the recording, and you may submit a simple phone memo. If you do not play an instrument, please feel free to sing a cappella or to enlist the help of guest musicians. Similarly, if you prefer not to sing, you may enlist the help of guest vocalists. Do your best and remember that this application needs only show your songwriting know-how, and not any performance or recording skills.
  2. In a brief personal statement (500 words or fewer), please tell us about yourself. We’d like to know about the song you submitted – how, when, and why you wrote it. What have you learned about songwriting, how, and from whom? Have you had experience co-writing songs, recording music, or with music production? What apps or software have you used, if any? Also, please tell us why you think you would do well in our intermediate-to-advanced camp (as opposed to the beginner to intermediate camp), and what you hope to gain from your camp experience.
  3. Please email all supporting materials (song lyrics, recording, and personal statement) to camp@countrymusichalloffame.org WITHIN ONE WEEK of registering for camp. Songwriters unable to submit their materials WITHIN ONE WEEK of registering – or whose materials do not demonstrate an understanding of songwriting appropriate for the intermediate-to-advanced camp session – will receive a refund or may choose to enroll in the beginner-to-intermediate camp session, space permitting. We will evaluate and respond to supporting materials within one week of submission.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to equal opportunity education and provides financial assistance options to allow greater access to Summer Songwriting Camp. Financial assistance plans reduce registration fees for qualifying families. Applications for assistance are reviewed according to families’ financial need, household income, household size, and circumstances. We evaluate applications on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. A limited number of assistance spots are available for each camp. Families interested in financial assistance should submit their applications prior to registering for Camp. Camp staff will review and respond to all applications within two weeks. Qualifying families will receive a unique registration link and should complete registration upon receiving it.

Beginner to Intermediate Camp

  • Level one: 50% cost coverage: $275.00 camp registration. Lunch included.
  • Level two: 95% cost coverage: $25.00 camp registration. Lunch included.

Intermediate to Advanced Camp

  • Level one: 50% cost coverage: $275.00 camp registration. Lunch included.
  • Level two: 95% cost coverage: $25.00 camp registration. Lunch included.

Intermediate to Advanced Camp + Demo Day recording mini-camp

  • Level one: 50% cost coverage: $495.00 registration for both camps. Lunch included.
  • Level two: 95% cost coverage: $25.00 registration for both camps. Lunch included.

*Financial Assistance applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on February 3, 2023.

Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2023 to be considered for the beginner to intermediate camp session.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2023 to be considered for the intermediate to advanced camp session.

The financial aid status of all campers, as well as your personal and financial information, will remain secure and completely confidential.

Click here for Financial Assistance 

To receive the Museum member discounted rate, your membership must be active at the time of registration and remain active throughout the entire selected camp session.

Membership rate is available for family level memberships or higher. Access the membership discount rate by logging into the membership portal before registering for camp.

Demo Day

Following Intermediate to Advanced Songwriting Camp, campers will have the opportunity to record their new song with a full band on Music Row, the historic center of Nashville’s music industry. Demo Day is an optional extension of Intermediate to Advanced Camp, teaching campers the fundamentals of recording and music business with guidance from industry professionals and Museum camp staff at SAE Institute Nashville, an accredited music production and recording school.

  • Recording a professional-quality demo of the original song written in Intermediate to Advanced Songwriting Camp ($675 value)
  • Collaborating with professional studio musicians and audio engineers during a live recording session
  • Learning the basics of mixing recordings using GarageBand, Logic, or Pro Tools ($250 value)
  • Receiving insights from music business professionals on how to market and distribute your music ($250 value)
  • Lunch ($10 value)

Monday, July 17, 2023 * Priority given to families who do not reside in Middle Tennessee

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Location

SAE Institute Nashville

7 Music Circle North

Nashville, Tennessee 37203

$440 (Total estimated value $1,185)

*Financial assistance: We offer a limited number of needs-based financial assistance packages that reduce the Demo Day fee to $0 or $220 for qualifying families. The application period opens February 3, 2023. See below for more information.

Please email camp@countrymusichalloffame.org with any questions.

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2023 Camp Funders

Songwriting Camp and Demo Day are made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music and is funded in part by CMA; CMA Foundation; the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Predators Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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