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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 can hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make new friends. Discounts are available for members.

Camp includes:

  • One-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Instrument instruction
  • Performance coaching
  • Recording experiences
  • Workshops led by special guests
  • Much more!

Campers will also enjoy access to the museum galleries and will tour Historic RCA Studio B, located on Nashville’s Music Row. A showcase on the final day presents a culminating public performance featuring the songs created during the week.

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Activities at Camp Include:

At All Camps:
  • Step-by-step songwriting lessons
  • Creative writing exercises
  • Individual and small-group mentoring
  • Instrument instruction
  • Voice and performance coaching
  • A trip to Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row
  • Activities in the museum galleries
  • Workshop led by a special guest
  • Digital recording tutorial
  • Visual art
  • Camper showcase in the Ford Theater
At Intermediate and Advanced Camps:
  • 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

2023 Camp Dates

Registration opens spring, 2023. Check back for details.

Ages 11-18

  • June 12-17: Beginner to Intermediate
  • July 10-15: Intermediate to Advanced
  • July 17 or 18: *Demo Day recording mini-camp*Demo Day is an optional extension of Intermediate to Advanced Camp
2022 Camp Fees

$415 for current Museum members (family level membership and up): Member rate can be accessed through the member portal.

$495 for non-members

*Financial assistance: We offer a limited number of needs-based financial assistance packages that reduce the camp fee to $25 or $250 for qualifying families. Click here for application. See more information below.

Please email camp@countrymusichalloffame.org with any questions.

Demo Day Fee

$400 (financial assistance available)

Applying to Songwriting Camp

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.

3. Please email all supporting materials (song lyrics, recording, and personal statement) to camp@countrymusichalloffame.org WITHIN ONE WEEK of registering for camp. Materials will be evaluated to determine the songwriter’s understanding of lyric writing basics (title, theme, verse, chorus, and rhyme scheme) and interest in growing their skills. 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 camp. Financial assistance options reduce registration fees for qualifying families.

Beginner to Intermediate Camp

  • Option One: 95% cost coverage: $25.00 camp registration. Lunch included.
  • Option Two: 50% cost coverage: $250.00 camp registration. Lunch included.

Intermediate to Advanced Camp

  • Option Three: 95% cost coverage: $25.00 camp registration. Lunch included.
  • Option Four: 50% cost coverage: $250.00 camp registration. Lunch included.

Intermediate to Advanced Camp + Demo Days recording mini-camp

  • Option Five: 95% cost coverage: $50.00 registration for both camps. Lunch included.
  • Option Six: 50% cost coverage: $450.00 registration for both camps. Lunch included.

*Financial Assistance applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on March 4, 2022.

Applications for assistance are reviewed according to families’ financial need, household income, household size, and circumstances. They are evaluated 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.

Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2022 to be considered for the beginner to intermediate camp session.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2022 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.

Please apply 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.

Looking for an Opportunity After Camp?

See our Songwriting Tune-Ups

Songwriting Camp is 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; Nail Family Foundation; Nashville Predators Foundation; and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Have Questions?

Email us at camp@countrymusichalloffame or read the FAQ

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