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Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriting Intensive


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June 12-19, 2024


What is it? kaitlin teaching 1

A fully funded Songwriting Intensive. This 8-day songwriting Intensive focuses on providing 10 young artists a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of contemporary and musical theater songwriting from top industry professionals to further the skills and tools needed to pursue a professional career as songwriters.


Where is it?  

Snow Pond Center for the Arts, on an idyllic lake in Sidney, Maine .

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When is it?

The camp runs from June 12-19, 2024 (with travel days on June 11th and 20th)


Who is it for? 

Serving songwriters who will be age 18 by June 10th, 2024, and up to age 24 by the same date. 


What is provided?

Free tuition, lodging, all meals, transportation to and from the Maine airport, and up to $500 in travel receipts.


What can I expect from this experience?

This 8-day songwriting Intensive focuses on the fundamentals of contemporary and musical theater songwriting through aJMFSWI2 series of tutorials, master classes, workshops and collaborative writing exercises. The curriculum will also cover the fundamentals of music production including covering the basics of the DAW (Digital Audio Workplace) as well as the fundamentals of musical arrangement. In addition, students will have time to enjoy activities on the lake like swimming, kayaking, canoeing, campfires and more!


What do I need to submit?

Submit a link to 2 audio song samples and lyric sheets in any genre (i.e. Pop, Rock, R&B, HipHop, Country, Musical Theatre, Folk, Jazz, etc.) Submissions October 15, 2023 to January 1, 2024 - HERE.


When do submissions open?JMFSWI1

October 15th , 2023


When do submissions close?

January 1st, 2024


When will I be notified?

February 1st, 2024


Faculty & Staff










Artistic Director- Kaitlin Hopkins

Additional Faculty TBA 


How to Apply:

Click Here beginning October 15, 2023


*Songwriting Intensive was originally developed for Snow Pond Center for the Arts by Kaitlin Hopkins (C.S.H.A.R.P.) in collaboration with JMF.


Additional Links:

Johnny Mercer Foundation

C.S.H.A.R.P. Center for Research and Development in Residence at Snow Pond 

Snow Pond Center for the Arts

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