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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

Applications for the 2019 STG’s Songwriters Lab are now open!


July 15 - 20, 2019 from 11 am to 6 pm daily
The Moore Theatre
Program Cost: $375
*need-based scholarships available

Open to students ages 14-19. All levels of songwriting experience welcome!

Sign up by July 8, 2019!


Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about this program. More details below.


STG's Songwriters Lab is for young musicians (ages 14 - 19) 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 are welcome! 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
  • Participate in year-round opportunities in songwriting, performance, recording and music production



Past mentors include:

  • Justin Davis – lead mentor
  • Matt Cameron - Pearl Jam & Soundgarden Drummer
  • Andrew Vait - singer-songwriter, Sisters band
  • 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, Sir Mix-a-lot Manager
  • Piece Kelley - hip-hop/spoken word artist
  • Michael Shrieve - former drummer with Santana
  • Catherine Harris-White - SassyBlack, hip hop/ DJ
  • Hollis Wong-Wear - vocalist
  • Andrew Joslyn - violinist & composer
  • Kris Orlowski - singer-songwriter
  • Faustine Hudson - drummer
  • Navid Eliot - bass
  • Plus other guest artists!


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