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Ages 11-18

June 13-18, 2022: Beginner to Intermediate | July 11-16, 2022: Intermediate to Advanced

Camp registration opens February 4, 2022.

Camp Fees

$415 for current Museum members (family level membership and up): Member rate can be accessed through the member portal.

$495 for non-members

*Financial assistance: We offer a limited number of needs-based financial assistance packages that reduce the camp fee to $25 or $250 for qualifying families. Click here for application. See more information below.

Please email camp@countrymusichalloffame.org with any questions.

 

Opportunities After Camp | Songwriting Tune-Up

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 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.

The June session is for beginner to intermediate level songwriters, ages 11 to 18. Owning an instrument or having musical proficiency is not required.

The July session, with added emphasis on recording techniques and co-writing, is for intermediate to advanced level songwriters, ages 11 to 18. 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. See additional details below.

  • 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.

ACTIVITIES IN BOTH CAMPS WILL INCLUDE:

  • 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

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED CAMP ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO INCLUDE:

  • Exploration of the co-writing process
  • Introduction to recording and production techniques
  • Alternatives in songwriting exercises and approaches
  • Introduction to the business of songwriting and music publishing
  • The Nashville number system

Check back soon for 2022 mentors!

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING TO IMMEDIATE-TO-ADVANCED CAMP ONLY:

1. Please provide lyrics and a recording of one song you have written or co-written, and which you feel demonstrates your solid understanding of the basics of lyric writing: title, theme, verse, chorus, bridge (optional) and rhyme-scheme. We will not judge the quality of your performance or of the recording, and you may submit a simple phone memo. If you do not play an instrument, please feel free to sing a cappella or to enlist the help of guest musicians. Similarly, if you prefer not to sing, you may enlist the help of guest vocalists. Do your best and remember that this application needs only show your songwriting know-how, and not any performance or recording skills.

2. In a brief personal statement (500 words or fewer), please tell us about yourself. We’d like to know about the song you submitted – how, when, and why you wrote it. What have you learned about songwriting, how, and from whom? Have you had experience co-writing songs, recording music, or with music production? What apps or software have you used, if any? Also, please tell us why you think you would do well in our intermediate-to-advanced camp (as opposed to the beginner to intermediate camp), and what you hope to gain.

3. Please email all supporting materials (song lyrics, recording, and personal statement) to camp@countrymusichalloffame.org WITHIN ONE WEEK of registering for camp. Materials will be evaluated to determine the songwriter’s understanding of lyric writing basics (title, theme, verse, chorus, and rhyme scheme) and interest in growing their skills. Songwriters unable to submit their materials WITHIN ONE WEEK of registering – or whose materials do not demonstrate an understanding of songwriting appropriate for the intermediate-to-advanced camp session – will receive a refund or may choose to enroll in the beginner-to-intermediate camp session, space permitting. We will evaluate and respond to supporting materials within one week of submission.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • Space is limited. We are unable to hold space without a registration. We recommend registering early to secure a spot in camp. A confirmation email will be sent when we receive registration. Fees must be paid upon registration.
  • Cancellations for the beginner to intermediate songwriting camp with a full refund are available until May 1, 2022.
  • Cancellations for the intermediate to advanced songwriting camp with a full refund are available until June 1, 2022.
  • We ask all campers to arrive excited to learn, eager to meet and work with new people, and open to collaboration with fellow campers throughout the week. We also ask all campers to participate in the Saturday showcase.
  • Monday – Friday, camp starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends promptly at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, camp runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Saturday showcase will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Museum’s Ford Theater. Friends and family are invited to the Saturday showcase. Space may be limited.
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended for walking and exploring the Museum galleries. Please note, the Taylor Swift Education Center can be chilly at times.
  • Snacks will be provided each day, but lunch is not provided. Please pack a lunch. Box lunches will be available for pre-purchase at the time of registration.
  • Paper and pencils will be provided, but campers are encouraged to bring their own notebook, journal, sketchbook, iPad, laptop, etc.
  • Previous songwriting or performance experience or music proficiency are not required for the beginner to intermediate camp.
  • We ask all campers to arrive excited to learn, eager to meet and work with new people, and open to collaboration with fellow campers throughout the week. We also ask all campers to participate in the Saturday showcase.
  • Campers who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it with them each day. Instruments available for use through the museum’s education collection include acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, electric bass, lap steel guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. A keyboard is also available.
  • Schedule and teaching artists are subject to change. Songwriting Camp must have a minimum number of registrants to take place. If a minimum of campers is not reached, registered campers will be notified and a full refund will be issued.
  • Questions are welcome. Please contact camp@countrymusichalloffame.org if you have any questions.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to equal opportunity education and provides financial assistance options to allow greater access to summer camp. Financial assistance options reduce registration fees for qualifying families.

Option One: 95% assistance: $25.00 camp registration. Lunch provided daily.

Option Two: 50% assistance: $250.00 camp registration.

*Financial Assistance applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on February 4, 2022.

Applications for assistance are reviewed according to families’ financial need, household income, household size, and circumstances. They are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. A limited number of assistance spots are available for each camp.

Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2022 to be considered for the beginner to intermediate camp session.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2022 to be considered for the intermediate to advanced camp session.

The financial aid status of all campers, as well as your personal and financial information, will remain secure and completely confidential.

Please apply here for financial assistance.

MUSEUM MEMBER REGISTRATION

To receive the Museum member discounted rate, your membership must be active at the time of registration and remain active throughout the entire selected camp session.

Membership rate is available for family level memberships or higher. Access the membership discount rate by logging into the membership portal.

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