5 Day Intensive Songwriting Bootcamp | July 4 - 8, 2022 | The Songwriting Academy
5 Day Intensive Songwriting Bootcamp | July 4 - 8, 2022

5 Day Intensive Songwriting Bootcamp | July 4 – 8, 2022

2pm - 9pm London | 9am - 4pm Eastern | 8am - 3pm Central | 6am - 1pm Pacific

Let’s face it, you’re considering this course
because you’re serious about songwriting!

At the end of this week long course you will find you’re able to write better songs more consistently, have a better understanding of how to make a career from your music, and have the confidence to let yourself go for it!

You’ll also have an awesome new network of like-minded and highly driven songwriters and friends… including at least eight music industry icons.

Don’t just take our word for how good this course is…
listen to feedback from previous bootcampers!

Count me in!

You’ll be learning from mentors like this…

This is your chance to learn close-up, from at least eight multi-platinum award winning songwriters and industry experts including founder Martin Sutton.

Our mentoring team have worked with huge global artists including Eminem, Janet Jackson, John Mayer, Frank Sinatra, Nile Rodgers, Bob Dylan, Dido, Backstreet Boys, Labyrinth, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, Emelie Sande, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes, Mark Ronson and many more, and have been involved in over 175 million record sales.*

Martin Sutton
FOUNDER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Backstreet Boys/LeAnn Rimes/Celine Dion and more
Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.
Cliff Masterson
Emilie Sande/Labyrinth/One Direction and more

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has been in demand as an arranger, composer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with artists including Josh Groban, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Il Divo, Tom Walker, Emeli Sandé, Robin Gibb, Westlife and Susan Boyle.

Cliff wrote and produced the theme song for the “Mission Space” attraction in Disney World Florida and has had songs recorded by artists including Charlotte Church, Shayne Ward (X Factor), Anthony Callea (Australian Idol) and International multi million selling artists Monica Naranjo and David Bisbal.

He has conducted the scores for Hollywood movies including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Witches, Doctor Strange and Hacksaw Ridge as well as arranging 14 Classical BRIT nominated albums and the current Radio 2 jingle package – including the iconic BBC News jingle.

Cliff has been Musical Director for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Show since 2017 and worked on both the X Factor (US and UK) and The Voice.  He has musically directed Radio 1 Live Lounge performances for Ella Henderson, Leona Lewis and Little Mix and studio recordings by Robbie Williams, Delta Goodrem and Ella Erye.

He composed / produced music for both the opening ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.

In his work with orchestras he has conducted the RPO, LSO and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at events including the Nobel Peace Prize, The FA Cup final and the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival.

He has been a finalist in the International Songwriter of the Year and Vivian Ellis/PRS Awards and has been awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy Music (ARAM)

Shelly Poole
Janet Jackson/Mark Ronson/Paloma Faith and more

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic in the late nineties with her sister Karen . Alisha’s Attic scored a string of hit singles, made 4 gold and platinum selling albums, secured a nomination for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and saw Shelly described as one of the iconic female voices of the legendary lilith fair tour of America in 1997.

Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer entered the I tunes charts at number 1 and earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the country/folk band Red Sky July with her husband Ally McErlaine (lead guitarist and founder member of Texas) and the American singer Charity Hair. Red Sky July have released 3 albums all entering the Official Uk Country charts in the top 3 . They also won the Nordoff Robbins inspiration award in 2013 and have toured with Jools Holland , Sheryl Crow , Steve Earle , Tom Jones , they continue to make records and tour.

Shelly is also a highly respected award wining songwriter and has worked closely and had hits with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson , Massive Attack, Jack Savoretti ,Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Boyzone, Paloma Faith , Michael Gray, Zucchero amongst many others Shelly also continues to write with produce and mentor new and emerging artists.

Pam Sheyne
Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle/Seal/Corinne Bailey Rae and more
Now based in Los Angeles, New Zealand born Pam Sheyne’s career has resulted in a number of globally recognised hit records, major film end titles, sales of 50+ million records, 100+ platinum, gold and silver sales certifications, 7 BMI Pop airplay citations and a prestigious Ivor Novello award.Whilst best known for the global breakthrough single “Genie In A Bottle” for Christina Aguilera (No.1 USA Hot 100/No.1 UK), she was also responsible for Dream’s debut hit “He Loves U Not” (USA No.2 Hot 100/No.1 Soundscan) as well as Jessica Simpson’s “Irresistible” (No.15 USA Hot 100).Her songs have been covered by a number of international artists including Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Backstreet Boys, O Town, Nick Lachey, Laura Pausini, Hayley Westenra, Lindsay Lohan, Eternal, Play, No Angels, Cece Winans, Point of Grace and The Saturdays.
Paul Statham
Dido/Kylie/The Saturdays/Tina Arena and more
Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer who has been published by Warner Chappell Music for over 18 years. Paul co-wrote with Dido the breakthrough single “Here With Me” and the title track of her first album No Angel, selling over 20 million records.Paul also wrote two tracks on Kylie’s massive album “Fever” Kylie as well as songs for The Saturdays, Matt Cardle, Gabriella Cilmie, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Right Said Fred, Tina Arena and many European acts inc the Italian artist Noemi (recent album "Made in London was a no 1 record in Italy ). He has also worked with more left field artists, writing 7 albums with former Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy, 2 albums with Mercury prize nominated Helicopter Girl, and Scottish rock band Simple Minds.Paul spends a lot of time developing new artists/writers for Warner Chappell including writer Ed Drewett  (1D, The Wanted). Paul also lectures weekly at Solent on popular song writing and Leeds College of Music where he is a visiting Professor.https://www.paulstatham.com/aboutListen to some of Paul's work here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5VnP8AVEk4b6W9NZpqigps?si=cba5fe08ee5e4b9c
Lee Dannay
John Mayer, Trey Lorenz, Train
Lee Dannay has over twenty five years experience in the music industry, including 15 years at Sony Music, as a senior A&R executive for both Epic and Columbia Records, plus five years at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. While at Sony, Lee signed, developed and worked with a variety of artists including John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Five For Fighting, Anna Nalick and General Public.Lee also worked as a senior music producer for America’s Got Talent, involved in casting and artist development for the music talent portion of the show, and as an executive producer for the artists subsequently signed.Through her own creative consulting company, GoodWorks Music, Inc., Lee maintains the role of Creative Director and founding member of a music therapy initiative called Knock Out Noise, which researches and creates music and musical templates for disorders related to sensory processing.Currently, Lee is head of A&R for Nashville based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, responsible for signing artists, providing A&R services for the roster as needed, and assisting with the development of the Thirty Tigers publishing venture.Additionally, Lee is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, teaching the Business of Music Publishing and is a voting member of The Recording Academy.
Jonathan Li
Social media expert
Jonathan Li is an expert in Social Media and digital marketing for independent artists and managers in the music business. He is a data-driven and growth-focused digital marketer with over 13 years of experience leading digital work for clients such as Nissan USA, Dell, AT&T, Infiniti USA / Global, Hewlett Packard, Electronic Arts, and Canada’s Broadcasting Corporation. He currently serves as a mentor with numerous music programs such as The Juno Awards Masterclass and Canada's Music Incubator where he has helped 200+ artists/music managers over the last 4 years with digital marketing. His consulting agency, Prosody Digital, works with businesses and marketing agencies to improve their eCommerce, SEO, paid advertising and analytics capabilities.In his past artist life, Jonathan was a Western Canada Music Awards and Gospel Music Awards nominated singer/songwriter. Today, he also works as a songwriter for both independent & major label artists.
Jeff Franzel
Frank Sinatra, Shawn Colvin, N’Sync
Jeff Franzel is a multi talented songwriter jazz pianist with over 35 years experience in the music business and is currently living in NYC.. He began as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups including The Hues Corporation (Rock The Boat) and Les Brown big band. Jeff accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Mel Torme.Jeff has over 250 of his songs recorded and has sold over 30 million records. He has had over 20 top ten singles internationally and travels to London, Sweden, LA and Nashville to co-write with artists and songwriters.Jeff's first big hit was "Don't Rush Me" which was #2 pop hit. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, "NSYNC (2 Christmas songs) , Shawn Colvin (two film songs including Never Saw Blue Like That), Clay Aiken, Louise - (All That Matters), The Temptations and Dianne Reeves.Jeff has had a number of his songs in film and TV including Runaway Bride, Serendipity, De Ja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Barbershop 2.Jeff currently has songs coming out with Rhys Lewis on Decca Records, Hayley Westenra, Persons of Interest, Elvis Blue-South Africa , Falipa-South Africa, and BoA - Japan.Jeff is a Yamaha artist and performs solo piano regularly in NYC.
Al Berry
Nile Rodgers, Avril Lavigne

Al is a seasoned world-touring musician, songwriter, bassist, vocalist and recording artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

He has written with Nile Rodgers, toured with Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, and worked with Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, BB King, as well as featuring on the Grammy award wining multi-platinum album "Family Style' by Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn.

His network in the industry is vast and his compassionate approach to helping and supporting new songwriters and artists is an inspiration.
Andrew Rollins
9 songs placed in ‘Nashville’ TV series
Andrew is an Emmy award winning composer, hit songwriter and musician, an acoustic master - whether he's playing guitar, keyboard, or mixing, orchestrating or editing.  Andrew has an innate ability to capture the essence of a mood and this has been key to his contributions in various well known songs, as well as music on film and television.His resumé includes several songs on the ABC series Nashville, the theme song of the award winning comedy show The Hughleys, featured songs for HBO's Happily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Every Child, Three Little Pigs and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and other features for network and cable productions including General Hospital, The Ranch, At Any Cost, Mr. Music, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Hendrix, Free of Eden, My Own Country, Live Through This, Jailbait, Star Trek Voyager, The Amazing Race, Level 9, and the Broadway production It Ain't Nothing But the Blues - which was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical.​Andrew has worked with well known recording artists including Andre Benjamin, B.B. King, Chaka Kahn, Marc Anthony, Chante Moore, Charles Esten, Ronnie Dunn, Terrance Trent D'Arby, Graham Nash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blink 182, Dan Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Lang, Dicky Barrett, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Deana Carter, Carole King, Joe Walsh, Gary Allen, Saison, IV Xample, and En Vogue, among many others.In 2018, Andrew was nominated and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song "Who I Am", which he wrote for General Hospital.  Some other awards that he received include 3 SISA International Music Awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Song of the Year for I Believe,  a Telly Award,  and the Axion Award for Musical Excellence.Andrew is now runs a publishing company Left On Sunset with Randy Jackson.
Sharon Vaughn
Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, Agnes
Sharon is a multi platinum songwriter who started her career in music in her home state, Florida,  as a singer.She spent years as a session singer (Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones and many others) until her first recorded song hit for the Oak Ridge Boys, followed shortly by the iconic, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS, by Waylon Jennings and then recorded by Willie Nelson on OSCAR winning soundtrack of The Electric Horseman film.After enjoying long term success as a country music songwriter, she moved to Stockholm in 2008 and penned Agnes’ worldwide hit, RELEASE ME and continues to travel back and forth between Europe and the States composing all genres of music… including scores for musical theatre in Europe and The States.
Paddy Byrne
Paloma Faith, Tom Grennan, Will Young
Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke.His focus is always on the song, the artist’s vision and their vocal. He is as accomplished when writing and producing an entire song as he is writing lyrics and top line for other productions.Paddy started his professional career writing and singing in his band ‘Byrne’ gaining widespread acclaim for their self produced album ‘Slowly & Gloriously’, receiving unanimously positive reviews including 9/10 in NME, 4/5 UNCUT and 5/5 Observer Music Monthly.Following the birth of his first son he stopped touring and set up his studio and began co-writing and producing. His journey from the indi scene as an artist to co-creating in more commercial genres was immediately successful working with Will Young on four songs for his album ‘Let It Go’. His experience as a lead singer and writer gives him a deep affinity with artists and a love of vocal expression and lyric.He has written and produced many multi platinum selling songs and is currently working with a wide variety of established and up and coming artists, writers and producers.

Our team will take you step by step through the complete process of hit songwriting, from finding the initial inspiration, editing and crafting your songs like a professional, right through to finding out how to get you and your music in front of the right people and into the charts.

If you want songwriting to be your career, or if you want to write songs that you’re just really proud of, this is the perfect springboard.

Every day there will be simple, fun, interactive sessions carefully designed to help you remember the invaluable techniques used by pro songwriters.

After a week meeting and learning major players in the business, and working with like-minded songwriters, you’ll be set up for life!

All we ask is that you’re willing to listen, try new things, and DO THE WORK…

Each day you will have three sessions to take part in

Each day will start with an intensive training session where we will share with you some of the best kept secrets in songwriting.

In session 2, you’ll be set an assignment to work on, either by yourself or with other bootcampers. This is when you’ll start to see an immediate improvement in your songwriting!

We call this the lightbulb session!

When you’ve completed your assignment you’ll be asked to post it in our exclusive professional online forum set aside for the Songwriting Bootcamp students only, where you can get feedback as well as discuss the projects.

At the end of each day, we come back together for in-depth playback and feedback on your assignments plus, more golden advice from the mentors.

You’ll be inspired by others, uplifted by what you’ve achieved and keen for the next day to start!

We’ve held this course over 50 times and helped hundreds of songwriters with our unique teaching format.

Count me in!
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5

Session 1

2:00pm London | 8:00am Central | 9:00am Eastern | 6:00am Pacific


  • An introduction to the ® S.C.O.P.E. Song System
    – Strategy
    – Creation
    – Optimisation
    – Presentation
    – Exploitation
  • The common denominators of hit songs
  • Developing your songwriting radar
  • Finding lyrical inspiration
  • Generating unique lyrical ideas that people will love
  • Keeping your subject matter strong
  • How to develop your idea into a storyboard
  • How to plan your song so it will practically write itself
  • TSA Strategic Song Planner
    – What is it?
    – How it works?
    – Making it work for you
  • How to banish writers block forever
  • How to create a perfect lyrical theme to existing tracks

Session 2

4:30pm London | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern | 8:30am Pacific

Daily assignment using techniques learned in session 1. Discussion and feedback in the online forum.


Session 3

7:00pm London | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Pacific

Playback and feedback session as a group, with the mentor and students

Session 1

2:00pm London | 8:00am Central | 9:00am Eastern | 6:00am Pacific


  • The secrets of the top 5 hit harmonic progressions
  • How to construct a hit song with just a handful of chords
  • Where and when to use surprise chords so they grab the listener’s attention
  • When and what to leave out of your chord progressions, and why you should
  • The easy way to strengthen your songs with smart syncopation
  • What is melodic contour?
  • How to instantly create original melodies without even singing
  • The simplest way to create killer hooks
  • Mastering the 3 essential melodic forms
  • What is ‘withholding’?
  • Understanding inside, outside and alien notes
  • Why melodic placement is a game changer
  • The 3 methods of melodic placement
  • Pick-ups, ladders and runways
  • How to make your melodies tug at the heart strings
  • How less can sometimes be more
  • Power in prosody

Session 2

4:30pm London | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern | 8:30am Pacific

Daily assignment using techniques learned in session 1. Discussion and feedback in the online forum.


Session 3

7:00pm London | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Pacific

Playback and feedback session as a group, with the mentor and students

Session 1

2:00pm London | 8:00am Central | 9:00am Eastern | 6:00am Pacific


  • The 5 most effective structures in hit songwriting
  • What does everything do in a song?
  • How long should the intro be?
  • Busting the middle eight myth
  • Why your song doesn’t always need a chorus
  • The timeline of hit song structures
  • Understanding the ‘drop’ and how to create one
  • How to strengthen each and every part of your song with amazingly simple devices
  • How professional writers always keep listeners listening
  • The power of tension and release in lyric writing
  • Creating interest through conflict
  • Curing cliches in 30 seconds
  • Testing your chorus
  • The difference between head sense and heart sense
  • Choosing the right pronouns
  • 6 reasons pro songwriters succeed because they collaborate
  • The 12 key steps of successful collaboration
  • How to be a popular collaborator

Session 2

4:30pm London | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern | 8:30am Pacific

Daily assignment using techniques learned in session 1. Discussion and feedback in the online forum.


Session 3

7:00pm London | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Pacific

Playback and feedback session as a group, with the mentor and students

Session 1

2:00pm London | 8:00am Central | 9:00am Eastern | 6:00am Pacific


  • Understanding the music business
  • Where and how to make money from your music
  • How do I get my music out there?
  • How to present yourself and your music to the industry
  • What to do and what not to do if you want labels to take you seriously
  • Do you need a publishing deal?
  • DIY or major label?
  • Why synchronisations can be like winning the lottery
  • Getting paid!
  • How to build a long term career in music
  • Essential skills of networking
  • Discovering and maximising your strengths

Session 2

5:00pm London | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern | 8:30am Pacific

Daily assignment using techniques learned in session 1. Discussion and feedback in the online forum.


Session 3

7:00pm London | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Pacific

Music Business Q&A (90 minutes)

Session 1

2:00pm London | 8:00am Central | 9:00am Eastern | 6:00am Pacific


  • 3 easy ways to make every part of your song stand out
  • Understanding flow and balance in songs
  • Trimming the fat
  • How to check and improve your songs before you send them out to the labels!
  • TSA Songwriter Checklist
  • Essential tips for producing demos
  • Choosing the right singer, tempo and key
  • 3 ways to create tension & release in your productions
  • Having the attitude of a hit songwriter
  • Three key approaches to success and how to keep it once you have it

Session 2

4:30pm London | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern | 8:30am Pacific

Daily assignment using techniques learned in session 1. Discussion and feedback in the online forum.


Session 3

7:00pm London | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Pacific

Final session as a group, with the mentor and students

*Although we’ve never actually had to do it, TSA reserves the right to change the mentors on this course if it is unavoidable

Relax, we’re pros. Our payment system is safe & secure, but if you get any problems, shoot us an email to: [email protected]

Who is this course for?

Musicians with their own material

Fed up of open mic nights? Thought so. This course will show you how to go a step beyond the local pub and into the charts. We’ll show you what you need to do to make your songs irresistible to the labels and who you need to contact when you’re done.

Songwriters

If you want to become a professional songwriter for major label artists, we can show you how. We’ve already written hits that were performed by artists such as Beyonce, Jason Derulo, George Benson, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and many more.

Professional Songwriters

Already written a hit or two? We find that there’s still lots to learn from other musicians, even beginners, which is why we welcome other professional writers into the courses we host. Polish up your skills and find out how the industry is moving on.

Producers

Producers have one of the most important roles in the music industry. They need to know the information that’s important to a successful track. This course gives you the tools you need to catch the mistakes that can make or break a song, so you can boost a track to new heights.

Songwriting Hobbyists

Music shouldn’t always be used purely to make money and we understand that, sometimes, you just want to play music for the love of it. If you’re in it for the creative output alone, this course will help you get more from your songs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! The techniques we teach are professional, but delivered in a way that you will see immediate progress in your songwriting.
No! Whether you write lyrics, music, sing, produce or simply come up with amazing concepts, you are all songwriters.
Yes you really should. The smartest songwriters we know are always open to learning new skills and reminding themselves of skills they may have forgotten, even when they've been in the business for decades. If you think you know everything there is to know...we suggest doing another job!
Yes there will be breaks approximately every 90 mins - 2 hours. This can vary according to guest speakers but they need breaks just like you do!
No! All our bootcamp courses are LIVE.
Yes. As this is a live course, not a video playback, you'll need to be there to make the most of the training, ask questions as you go and interact with other students.
Yes, you'll have permanent access to the replay videos afterwards. Please allow up to 4 weeks for editing and posting.
We'll be setting writing assignments during the bootcamp, where you'll work together in Zoom breakout rooms in small groups?
Not at all. Just show up with an open mind, heart and a willingness to try new things. No other preparation is needed!
Yes you will be able to ask your questions direct to the mentors during the bootcamp We aim to help you as much as we can this week.
Nope. Although you are very welcome to post your songs in the Songwriting Bootcamp private Feedback Loop in our community for peer to peer feedback.
Check your emails! We'll be sending you instructions on how to join the course about one week before it starts, plus reminders just before day one.
Please check your spam and junk boxes. Once you find our email and tell your email system we are not junk you should receive everything after that. If there is nothing in spam or junk and you are worried, please email [email protected]
Once you have enrolled in the course, you will be automatically added to private areas of the website and given special login details for the course and access to downloadable materials. As such, no refunds may be given.
No problem. If you need to reschedule your bootcamp for any reason you may do so. An admin fee of £25.00 will apply. If you reschedule within 7 days of your bootcamp the admin fee will increase to £100. 00.