Songwriting Camp

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We regret to announce the cancellation of our 2021 summer Songwriting Camp.

The wellbeing of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s staff and guests remain our priority and responsibility.

Songwriting Camp is one of our most treasured programs, fostering relationships among emerging talent, professional songwriters, and the Museum. Because this rich experience cannot be replicated in a virtual space, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Songwriting Camp this summer. Thank you for understanding this decision, and we sincerely hope that we can serve your family through our on-going programming and exhibits, as well as our Camp next summer.

We encourage all young songwriters to join us for free, group songwriting experiences in Family Programs. We also encourage all eligible songwriters to join us for one-on-one help in Songwriting Tune-Up.


Explore Other Songwriting Opportunities | Songwriting Tune-Up and Words & Music at Home


Songwriting camp at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a fun and unforgettable experience where budding songwriters can hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make new friends. Camp includes one-on-one mentoring sessions, instrument instruction, performance coaching, recording experiences, workshops led by special guests, and much more. Campers will also enjoy unlimited access to the museum galleries and will tour Historic RCA Studio B, located on Nashville’s Music Row. A showcase on the final day presents a culminating public performance featuring the songs created during the week.

For beginner camp, owning an instrument or having musical proficiency is not required.

For intermediate to advanced camp, previous songwriting experience is required. All applicants to the Intermediate to Advanced Songwriting Camp must submit lyrics and a recording of one song they have written or co-written. A statement about the song and previous songwriting instruction is also required.

  • Beginner: A beginner songwriter has little to no experience writing songs but is eager and excited to learn and make new friends who share this interest.
  • Intermediate: An intermediate songwriter has some understanding of how songs are put together and has written a few songs but is eager to add knowledge and build confidence alongside new friends.
  • Advanced: An advanced songwriter has solid understanding of the fundamentals of lyric writing, including title, theme, verse, chorus, bridge, and rhyme scheme, and is ready to take their songwriting to the next level.


  • Step-by-step songwriting lessons
  • Creative writing exercises
  • Individual and small-group mentoring
  • Instrument instruction
  • Voice and performance coaching
  • A trip to Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row
  • Activities in the museum galleries
  • Workshop led by a special guest
  • Digital recording tutorial
  • Visual art
  • Camper showcase in the Ford Theater


  • Exploration of the co-writing process
  • Recording and production technique sessions
  • Alternatives in songwriting exercises and approaches
  • Introduction to the business of songwriting and music publishing

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