Words & Music: Journey of a Song is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music and is funded in part by American Airlines; Chet Atkins Music Education Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; CMA; CMA Foundation; Dollar General Literacy Foundation; The Hello in There Foundation; The Memorial Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Predators Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; PNC Grow Up Great; and Tennessee Arts Commission.
Words & Music: Journey of a Song
Words & Music: Journey of a Song is a five-episode series that follows four teenaged students on their journey to write, record, and perform their own original songs. With the help of industry professionals, including singer-songwriter and two-time ACM Award winner Tenille Townes; Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, arranger, and BMI executive Shannon Sanders; singer-songwriter and Monument Records recording artist Caitlyn Smith; songwriter and producer Cameron Bedell; composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Dailey; and Big Machine Music President Mike Molinar, students’ experiences are front and center as their songs come to life in this free-to-access series.
- Episode 1 (featuring Abby Whitman and Tenille Townes)
- Episode 2 (featuring Jazmine Croom and Shannon Sanders)
- Episode 3 (featuring Max Rees and Caitlyn Smith)
- Episode 4 (featuring Avalon Simpson and Cameron Bedell)
- Episode 5 (performance finale)
Win a Trip to 2024 Songwriting Camp
Calling all youth ages 13-18! Did you write a new, original song using the Words & Music: Journey of a Song step-by-step guide? In addition to sharing your song with a friend, family member, or on social media, we invite you to enter your lyrics into the Words & Music: Journey of a Song Contest for a chance to win a trip to Nashville and join young songwriters at the Museum’s June Songwriting Camp. One chosen winner will join budding songwriters in a week-long camp experience as they hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make new friends.
Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Own Song Lyrics