SongwritingWith:Soldiers

Active Service Members, Veterans and Military Families –

Music Therapy Workshops and Retreats

 

 

 

Contact: https://www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org/contact/

 

Email: https://www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org/contact/

 

Website: https://www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org/

 

Service Area: TN

 

Serving: Active Service Members, Veterans and Military Families

 

Description: The program covers all expenses for participants.

 

The soldiers talk. The songwriters listen. Together they create the songs.

 

Songwriting – In workshop and retreat settings, Veterans work collaboratively with professional songwriters to transform their experiences of combat and the transition home into songs. We supplement these sessions with creativity workshops—on photography, videography, cooking, and more—designed to nurture strengths and skills, as well as forge community. Our unique approach sparks individual renewal on multiple fronts. All songs are professionally recorded on-site, and participants are registered as co-writers with ASCAP (Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). The songs are available for download on our site.

 

Connections – After retreats, SW:S participants receive lyric books, DVDs, and CDs of their songs. These lasting artifacts serve as a source of pride and a means of reconnecting with family, friends, and communities. Our program sustains post-retreat growth with private retreat group calls, online SW:S forum and a quarterly tele class (Creativity Calling) featuring songwriters, visual artists, chefs, and other special guests. Many participants return to volunteer at future events. The healing ripples outward.

 

The Music

The songs written at our retreats tell the truth. They are collaborations between professional songwriters and Veterans, active duty service members, and military families. The words of our participants, put to melody and rhyme, tell of combat, loss, joy, and pride. The songs convey a deep sense of what it means to serve, and the struggles our Veterans face upon returning home.

 

The soldiers talk. The songwriters listen. Together they create the songs.

 

 

 

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