Updated: Jan 31
A songwriting retreat in Nashville is a dream come true for some people. My dad was one of those hopeful dreamers from a small, country town, ears glued to the Grand Ole Opry and eyes set on the stars.
As his only child I watched him grow from disabled construction worker to aspiring songwriter to signed staff writer in Nashville to number one hit writing Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member.
That journey didn't take as long as you might think, but then again, my dad put in extraordinary effort to accomplish all he did.
Songwriting retreats were a part of Dad's journey, and I remember how excited he was to go.
My mom and I would sometimes accompany him at these songwriter retreats, and got to know some of the other writers' families along the way, sparking life-long companions for all of us.
When Dad was signed to his first publishing deal at Tree International, now Sony Music, it was a family oriented operation. They hosted picnics in the park, Christmas parties, and other get togethers where family was welcome, and people got to know each other on a real level.
After all, songwriting with a partner is one of the most intimate activities a person can do.
Knowing that, smart music publishers encourage opportunities to get people together for mixing and mingling. On the business side of things, sales-people and aspiring leaders have no problem shaking hands and networking at regular functions.
But writers are typically cut from a slightly different cloth, and many are painfully shy or socially awkward, even to the point of having anxiety in public.
This is normal fare for songwriters and seasoned music publishers who understand the gentle, creative psyche and know how to nurture it.
When we started Hillbilly Culture Club in 2010 to supplement the work of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), we had no idea how much fun it would be to put on songwriter retreats of our own.
From the very first year, we created that same family centered community, and sure enough, some of our attendees' collaborations were recorded and independently released to radio right away.
Now as Songpreneurs LLC, we have seen that trend of cuts and releases continue, and life long friendships and collaborations continue to flourish from attending our Songwriter Retreats.
Some of our former attendees are now signed writers to various major and independent record companies and publishing houses, and naturally, our HQ group's success speaks for itself.
Instead of dangling a carrot of success, or holding up hoops for you to jump through, Songpreneurs method for developing writers is to encourage, nurture, and challenge you to push your talents to the next level.
We're not here to give you false hope or point you toward an impossible goal.
The Songpreneurs method is slow and steady, through applied discipline, daily training, and helping you to work on the right things at this particular stage in your development.
If you want to experience what it's like to work as a staff writer at a top producing music publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee, the Songpreneurs Songwriter Retreat is worth checking out.
At the Songpreneurs Songwriting Retreats we take a practical, hands on approach to your writing development.
Continuing education labs help you to build skill, and cowriting helps you to apply what you're learning, while nurturing mentoring gives you tools to meet your individual needs.
With our new model commercial focus, we're not only aiming at the Top 40 charts, but also at Folk Alliance, Texas touring artists, Canadian outlaw country, Avant Garde singer-songwriter, indie cuts, and of course major label / film television pitch sheets.
Sometimes the only commercial focus you want is toward your own unique brand, legacy or family project. Do you have a unique story to tell, and need skilled writers to help you do it?
Because our programs are principle based, all experience levels of writers are welcome to apply to the songwriter retreats.
As entrepreneurs, if we see need to add events or special skill building workshop curricula, we frequently do so, providing opportunities for learners to grow along their desired lines.
Would you like to provide a high quality Songwriting Retreat Nashville experience for your group? Is it time for your corporate outings, or team building program? Having burn out among your creative team, or lots of cliquey in-fighting in your organization?
Book your corporate Songwriting Retreat in Nashville, Tennessee with our skilled providers, and let us help to create lasting bonds among your group, as we have done for the past 30 years in the Nashville professional songwriting world and internationally.
Accepting applications to the September 24-27, 2020 Songwriter Retreat Nashville, TN and 2021 events.
Application fees are non-refundable, but fee does apply toward your event ticket purchase.
If you are not accepted, you will receive a short Q&A consultation with HQ staff providing specific recommendations for you to pursue to work toward acceptance in a future retreat.