NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop

Summer Programs

NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop

Summer Songwriters Workshop

An intensive two-week seminar dedicated to the art and craft of creating words and music and the ideal marriage of both. Spearheaded by GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston and featuring a faculty of acclaimed songwriters expert in a wide variety of musical genres, the workshop will provide in-depth presentations and hands-on exploration of a wide variety of skills, tools, and strategies essential for working songwriters, extensive collaboration and peer review, and crucial information about the rights of songwriters.

A maximum of 42 participating songwriters will be accepted into two groups of the Songwriters Workshop. During the eight days of workshop sessions, they will hone their craft through:

  • targeted songwriting assignments
  • collaborations
  • detailed analysis of the tools used by the great songwriters
  • daily professional and peer-to-peer critiques of their work in-progress.

Integral aspects of the record business will be highlighted through roundtables and panels comprised of producers, engineers, record executives, and film music supervisors. Major industry organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and the SCL will be present.

Please note that many Participants do a good deal of their collaborating and writing outside the formal Workshop hours.

The Workshop is also open to auditors, and while their work is not critiqued, they are able to attend all critiques, performances, events, and gatherings.

The Workshop concludes with our SongShare, a live performance featuring NY session players and Participants of work created during our intense and intensive two weeks. Every Participant and Auditor receives an online copy of a professional-quality audio/video recording of the performance.

“The workshop was definitely the best experience I’ve had at a songwriting intensive; I learned a lot about the craft and the business, and the community is amazing.” — 2017 Workshop Participant 

“The faculty members are phenomenal teachers. The exercises were extremely valuable and the songwriting tool kit they taught us will aid me every time I come up with material. Extremely warm and welcoming, very professional and talented. I wrote down every single word. They found a great way to highlight the strengths of the group.” — 2017 Workshop Participant 
“I loved this workshop because it was great to be in an environment with other people who love songwriting as much as I do. I feel like I got a taste of a songwriter’s life.” — 2017 Workshop Participant 

Artistic Director, Phil Galdston, Director of Songwriting, Clinical Associate Professor of Songwriting, Faculty Songwriter–in-Residence

MAIA SHARP: songwriter, recording artist, and producer; songs recorded by Paul Carrack, Cher, The Dixie Chicks, Art Garfunkel, Lisa Loeb, Edwin McCain, Keb' Mo', Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, and on her own solo albums.

PHIL GALDSTON: GRAMMY®-nominated, award-winning songwriter/producer with work on nearly 80,000,000 recordings and in countless film and television projects. Currently Director of Songwriting, he was the first member of its songwriting faculty and the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence in NYU's history.

BARRY EASTMOND: one of the most prolific R&B/Pop songwriter/producers, with songs and production on over 60 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums and sales of over 80,000,000 records.

DANA CALITRI: singer, multi-platinum songwriter, and teacher. Songs recorded by Chris Daughtry, Halestorm, Dream, Jessica Andrews, Donna Summer, and many others. As a singer, Dana has worked with artists like Celine Dion, Fergie, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and Cher.

REBECCA JORDAN SMITH: songwriter, recording artist signed to Elektra and J Records, indie music publisher creative manager, and commercial music producer. Songs recorded by Prince, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Alice Smith, Adrian Younge, and others.

DAVID WOLFERT: GRAMMY and EMMY-nominated composer, arranger, songwriter, orchestrator, producer and instrumentalist. Songs recorded by Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, the Four Tops, Cher, and Julio Iglesias Jr.

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: June 17, 2018
Move Out Date: June 30, 2018

Cost and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost (Participant) $1,581 $1,581
Tuition Cost (Auditor) $485 $485
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $850 $850
Programming Fee $80 $80
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

Students interested in financial aid should complete and submit the Scholarship Application that is sent to you once you complete the application process.

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