April 24, 2018

young songwriters workshop

YSW ’19

Mon-Thur June 10-13, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm @ Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer, TX, 78623); Young Songwriters will perform LIVE as part of the Thursday Night Pickers’ Circle!!!

Mon-Fri June 24-28, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm @ Buck’s Backyard (1750 S. FM 1626, Buda, TX 78610); LIVE Performance by Young Songwriters’ Sat. June 29th as part of BIGFest 2019!!!

Live Performance by Young Songwriters is part of the lineup for Day 2 of BIGFest Sat. June 30 at Buck’s Backyard, and will be broadcast live by Radio Free Texas!

Daily Schedule:

1:00-2:00~Guest artists introduce themselves, play a song or two, talk about their own processes for songwriting. Young songwriters are encouraged to ask questions and interact with guest artists during this time.

2:00-3:15~Break into individual or small groups to work on new original material or edit previously written originals; guest artists and Central Texas Writing Project teacher consultants will work with young songwriters individually or in small groups to help craft chord progressions, rhyme schemes, or anything else that could use, to quote Kent Finlay, “5 more minutes” of work to make it just right!

3:15-3:50~Regroup, workshop material with other young songwriters and daily guest artists.

3:50-4:00~Break down, pack up, load out.

Central Texas Writing Project & Cheatham Street Music Foundation partnered to pilot the first Young Songwriters’ Camp at Cheatham’s Woodshed Studios in 2012.  Following the death of Kent Finlay–the godfather of Texas music–we rebooted camp and moved it into the hallowed halls of Cheatham Street Warehouse for YSWC ’15.

In 2016 we changed our acronym to YSW (Young Songwriters’ Workshop); more importantly, we were given a great big show of support from BIGFest, and our young songwriters were among the scheduled acts for Saturday’s day of music.  To our great delight, that show of support has been granted again for YSW/BIGFest ’19!

Now, due to issues beyond our control, BIGFest and YSW have relocated this summer from Cheatham St. Warehouse to Buck’s Backyard. The venue is new, but YSW is the same great program it’s been from its inception in ’12…and because the festival/benefit concert* will be covered by Radio Free Texas, our young songwriters will have the opportunity to play their original music for live audiences on stage at Buck’s Backyard AND via live internet radio broadcast! Capping the week with this live performance allows us to spend a week with your young songwriter(s) as they workshop their original music through every stage of the writing process. Central Texas Writing Project and the Cheatham Street Music Foundation are proud to continue hosting this annual event that seeks out and develops young songwriting talent from across the Hill Country!!!

BIGFest 2019 will be held Fri/Sat /Sun – June 28th – 30th @ Buck’s Backyard (1750 S. FM 1626, Buda, TX, 78610)

To Register:
Please email the following information to YSW Director Jason Woolery at woolery_jason@yahoo.com
Your young songwriter’s name
Your young songwriter’s age
Instrument(s) played by young songwriter–if none, listing ‘vocals’ is fine!
Your young songwriter’s T-Shirt size
Which Week of YSW ’19 your young songwriter will attend
Week 1, June 10-13 @ Devil’s Backbone Tavern in Fischer, TX
Week 2, June 24-28 @ Buck’s Backyard in Buda, TX

**  To pay or sponsor a Young Songwriter, please CLICK HERE

*ALL proceeds from BIGFest 2019 benefit School Fuel in San Marcos, TX. For more information about School Fuel, please visit www.schoolfuelsanmarcos.org