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NYU 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

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Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

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Phil Galdston
Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence
212 992 9460

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application will open in Mid-January. Request Information to receive email updates on Summer 2020 programs.

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