A maximum of 63 Participants will be accepted into three groups each led by a minimum of two faculty members. During the ten days of sessions, Participants will hone their craft through:
- targeted songwriting assignments
- assigned 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 music business from the perspective of the music creator be presented. The Workshop concludes with our SongShare, a performance of work created during our two weeks together.
We welcome participants age 15 and older from anywhere in the world.
The Workshop is also open to auditors, and while their work is not critiqued, they are able to attend all sessions, events, and performances.
Please note that most of the writing is done outside the formal Workshop hours.
This is a not-for-credit Workshop.
Limited financial aid is available.
They made me feel for the first time that I truly am a songwriter and that a life in the music industry is possible.
I learned more about songwriting in two weeks than I would've ever imagined learning in a lifetime.
I learned so many new techniques and ways to approach writing songs. My time management skills definitely improved and I can't wait to use all of these new tools for my future career in songwriting!
The faculty was very helpful and honest. The music industry is risky as it is and it was useful to get true feedback from professionals to prepare us for the real world.
I only wish it was longer.
Applicants should submit:
- recordings of 3 songs to which you have significantly contributed;
- lyrics to the 3 songs you submit;
- a detailed description of your contribution to each song submitted;
- a summary of your songwriting experience and goals.
The format of audio recordings should be: .mp3, .mp4A, or .AAC A song entitled "My Song" that is submitted should be labeled YOURNAME_My_Song.mp3 (or mp4A or AAC). The format of all the additional documents should be: .pdf, .doc, or .docx
PLEASE NOTE: The quality of the recording and/or performance is irrelevant. This is a workshop focused on Songwriting, not on performance.
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.
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.