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NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop

The workshop is 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. It features extensive collaboration, peer review, and crucial information about the rights of songwriters.

In light of COVID-19-related concerns, we’ve decided to hold our summer 2020 Workshop via remote/online access. A variety of schedule changes will mean that all participants will receive far more one-on-one time with our outstanding faculty, making possible review of pre-existing songs you’ve created. The schedule changes will also result in more time for participants to interact with faculty in collaborative groups working on the stimulating assignments we provide. We’ll still be holding our YOUR RIGHTS panel, as well as our end-of-the-Workshop SongShare, and we’re developing creative ways for you to work with your collaborators to present the songs you’ve written during our two weeks together. We’re excited about the new and cutting-edge learning opportunities our faculty has created for this remote workshop — many of them based on NYU courses, which are running remotely for the balance of the Spring 2020 semester.

Program Dates

June 15 – June 26, 2020

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1500 (Reduced Participant Tuition) | $500 (Auditor Tuition)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available 

Intended For

High School
Undergraduate
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals

A maximum of 42 participating songwriters will be accepted into two groups of the NYU Steinhardt Songwriters Workshop. During the eight days of 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 discussions and panels, some featuring notable professionals. Major industry organizations, such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, will be represented.

The Workshop concludes with our SongShare, a live performance of work created during our intense and intensive two weeks.

Details

We welcome participants of ANY age 15 and above 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, performances, events, and gatherings.

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

This is a not-for-credit Workshop.

Limited financial aid is available.

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

Changed the way I view songwriting in the best way possible.

2018 Workshop Participant

I’ve learned so many helpful things that I will carry into my writing forever. I feel very grateful to have had his opportunity… I’ve learned so much about myself as a writer, collaborator, and person.

2018 Workshop Participant

The faculty knew the perfect balance of praise and criticism. They also understood and accommodated everyone’s different styles of music.

2018 Workshop Participant

A great environment encouraging creativity… made everyone feel free to express themselves and go out of their comfort zone.

2019 Workshop Participant

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.

2019 Workshop Participant

I only wish it was longer.

2019 Workshop Participant

Audition Requirements

Please submit a recording and lyrics of 3 songs to which you have significantly contributed. Please describe your contribution to each song submitted. 

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 songwriting workshop, and not a performance workshop.

Faculty

Phil Galdston

Director of Songwriting, Music Professor of Songwriting

phil.galdston@nyu.edu

David Wolfert

Music Adjunct Faculty

dpw3@nyu.edu

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.

Summer 2021

The 2021 summer programs application will open on January 15.

Apply

Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438
mpap.summer@nyu.edu

Academic Content 
Phil Galdston
Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence
212 992 9460
phil.galdston@nyu.edu