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Songwriters Summer Workshop 2024

2024 NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop is on!

Application details coming soon. For now, here is what you need to know:


Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21, 2024
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2024


12:00 to 5:00 PM, 
Except for Monday, June 17, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM  
Please note: most of the songwriting takes place after Workshop hours.


Via Zoom (we had successful remote Workshops in 2020 and 2021)


15 and up


Phil Galdston, Barry Eastmond, Maia Sharp, Dana Calitri, David Wolfert, Oskar Nurminen, Tiger Darrow. Faculty bios

Please look for details, soon. We hope you’ll apply!

The NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop is a two-week intensive dedicated to the art and craft of creating words and music and the ideal marriage of both. Led by GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston (Workshop Artistic Director and Director of NYU Songwriting) 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 music creators.

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. 

2023 Workshop Participant

I learned more about songwriting in two weeks than I would've ever imagined learning in a lifetime.

2022 Workshop Participant

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!

2021 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.

2020 Workshop Participant

I only wish it was longer.

2020 Workshop Participant

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

2023 Workshop Participant

Audition Requirements

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.


Phil Galdston

Director of Songwriting, Music Professor of Songwriting

David Wolfert

Music Adjunct Faculty

Maia Sharp

Music Adjunct Faculty

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.

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Phil Galdston
Director of Songwriting