Education & Community Programs > STG's Songwriters Lab

“You gave me the chance to have the first actual week of summer doing something that I love the most and it made me so happy! I couldn't have been happier in such a warm, welcoming and artistic environment!”- STG's Songwriters Lab Participant, Age 17
“I learned to take risks in songwriting and expose myself, even if it made me vulnerable.” - STG's Songwriters Lab Participant, Age 14



STG's Songwriters Lab is for young musicians (ages 14 - early 20s) interested in pursuing their artistic vision as songwriters and lyricists. Under the mentorship of professional musicians, students learn creative approaches to song composition and lyric writing, along with strategies for navigating the music business. STG's Songwriters Lab encourages collaboration across music genres and instrumentation (from guitars to cellos to Reason/Ableton Live and More!) 
All styles of music encouraged to apply! Students will:

  • Learn songwriting tools from leading Seattle songwriters, musicians, and hip-hop artists
  • Learn creative approaches to lyric writing, music composition, music arrangement, melody, harmony, and music production
  • Develop individual and group songwriting skills
  • Perform at an informal showing for friends/family at The Moore Theatre
  • Learn tips for navigating the music business
  • Gain experience in giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Receive tickets to selected shows and invite-only soundchecks at The Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres to expand songwriting perspectives
  • Be considered to present your work at More Music @ The Moore (The Moore Theatre)
  • Participate in year-round opportunities in songwriting, performance, recording and music production

Dates: July 18 - 23, 2016 from 12 pm to 5 pm each day
Friends & Family Share: July 23, 2016 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Location: The Moore Theatre (1932 2nd Avenue)

Past mentors include:

  • Jill Wangsgard - lead mentor
  • Dumi Maraire - hip-hop artist, producer
  • Sue Ennis - songwriter for Heart
  • Bernadette Bascom - vocal & performance coach
  • Choklate - R&B artist
  • Shelby Earl - singer-songwriter
  • Duff McKagan - bass player for Guns N' Roses & Walking Papers
  • John Roderick - indie rock artist
  • Ricardo Frazer - Zakirose Media
  • Piece Kelley - hip-hop/spoken word artist
  • Michael Shrieve - former drummer w/ Santana
  • Noe Ridriguez - bass
  • Gordon Baker - Sound Engineer
  • Catherine Harris-White - THEESatisfaction / hip hop/ DJ
  • Plus guest artists

STG's Songwriters Lab is open to serious, aspiring musicians, ages 14 - early 20s, who are interested in growing as songwriters and performers.

Applications for 2016 are now closed. If you are interested in attending, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 206.315.8009.

STG's Songwriters Lab is sponsored by:

2015-16 Season Sponsors