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 […]
Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings.
Chris Neil is a multi platinum producer and songwriter. He began his career as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair in London’s West End. After a short period as a recording artist he moved into record production and swiftly became one of the most respected producers in the industry. In his career he […]
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Ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a professional songwriter? Here’s your chance to experience it for yourself.
Our Andalusian songwriting retreats allow you to experience an incredible week of songwriting collaborations, with in-depth professional tutoring and mentoring from platinum record-selling mentors. Our exclusive venue is a beautifully restored hamlet just one hour from Malaga in Spain, set amongst beautiful scenery next to a stunning lake with views of the rolling mountains and only 30 minutes from the beach.
Whether you’re new to songwriting or a veteran looking to learn the secrets of getting your songs into the charts, this songwriting retreat is the perfect solution.
Spend the week learning advanced songwriting techniques and putting them into practice every day in co-writing sessions. These sessions are guided by our hit songwriters who will work closely with you throughout the writing process. Learn the secrets of the industry, find out how to take your songs further than before, and discover how to make a fulfilling and rewarding career out of songwriting.
And here’s the gold dust. During your week in Spain you’ll get to spend an entire day writing with one of our hit songwriter mentors who has a wall of gold and platinum disks at home. You may write one song, you may write two, but you can be sure it’s going to be a potential hit, and just having their name on your song will open doors you may have been knocking on for years.
Throughout the week, we’ll keep you up to date with the artists who are currently on the lookout for new songs. You’ll be able to learn how to work on your songs via a brief from these artists, getting guidance from our mentors throughout.
Each night during the playback and feedback sessions, our camera crew will film every new song as a live performance, so you’ll have an incredible memento to remember the trip by. After you’ve performed, all four mentors will give you invaluable tips on how to continue crafting your song to make it the very best it can be.
Although the retreat is a fantastic learning experience, it’s not all work, work, work. One of the keys to successful songwriting is busting through the stress and relaxing when writing. Not only does this remove writer’s block and other barriers to writing; it also reminds you that music should be fun. That’s why we spend time chilling out by the pool, relaxing with a party night and experience a few other surprises along the way! We’ll also have on-site chefs that prepare breakfast, lunch and evening meals which we’ll be eating fiesta-style in our very own street!
The venue is the perfect setting to relax, get away from it all and let yourself be inspired by the character, charm and tranquillity of this incredible opportunity.
What’s included on the course?
We’ll cover your accommodation and food, but you’ll have to plan your flights. We would sort your travel for you if we could, but since we have songwriters joining us from around the world, managing the travel for every member would be extremely complicated (if not impossible!).
Can I get my own room or do I have to share?
You can book your own room, but you’ll need to let us know in advance so we can ensure there’s space. Please get in touch with us by email or call us on 03300 100500.
How do I book a place on the retreat?
Your first step will be to contact us expressing your interest in the retreat or you may have already paid a deposit at a promotional event. In either case the next step will be for you to have an admissions interview over Skype with TSA Founder Martin Sutton who will answer any questions you may have and ask you about your music and songwriting background. Shortly after the interview you will be contacted by TSA letting you know whether you were successful in gaining a place on the retreat.
Please do not arrange time off work or book flights until you have completed your admissions interview as we cannot guarantee a place until that time. TSA will not be responsible for any costs you incur if you make arrangements or bookings before the admissions interview has taken place. If you have paid a promotional deposit for a place and you are not successful TSA will refund your deposit in full
In the event of oversubscription to a retreat, places will be prioritised to our Platinum Members who have the retreat included as part of their year long program with TSA
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
I wanted to let you know that already from your masterclass last night, I feel like I am in the right place – this is exactly the kind of support I needed right now at this stage in my career. Furthermore, having taken other academic courses in songwriting, I really love and value your particular approach, mindset and the content of your teaching from your professional experience, it really is compressing “decades into days”.
What an incredibly life changing experience, on sooo many levels!!! It’s so difficult to put it all into words!!!!! Beautiful friendships gained and definitely the beginning of something monumental.
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂
I just wanted to thank both of you for your time, song critique and suggestions. I found the call with Angela extremely informative and helpful. Martin your analysis of my tune was spot on! I will pair my skills together with your suggestions and come up with a plan to proceed forward. Thanks again!
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
I am sure you have hundreds of emails but I just wanted to thank you most sincerely for being so generous with your time, giving us such a good webinar and sharing your love of songwriting. It was great, useful and enjoyable.
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Very engaging, high energy and motivating content and delivery. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Thank you so much for this weekend, really was such a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt so much that I wasn’t able to sleep all last night thinking about it.
Great mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night! Really encouraging and so many good tips for upcoming events!
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, insightful session today
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
Thanks Martin, this is awesome!
Thank you Martin Sutton for your continued excellent support during the monthly 1:1’s, general encouragement, and kicks up the rear to keep on improving.
I was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
It is an amazing academy you have established with a true ethos of care and support coming straight from the top and filtering down through its ever increasing family.
Wow, wow, wow— Thank you so much for the stellar Week One webinar, Martin. My thoughts are just racing right now. And I am a bit nervous and freaked out at the moment… ha ha. I haven’t been active making music in over 25 years. But the assignment is just the kick in the back-side that I need right now to actually get me creating again. I’m the master ninja of procrastination– so this is really the push to get me moving. Thank you so much for the push to get going, Martin. Much gratitude
Thank you for sharing your insights and revelations! It’s truly a beautiful gift to have people willing to share what they have learned.
Feeling thoroughly inspired after a mind-blowing chat with Luc Floreani of Floreani Management. So thankful that he’s willing to share his enthusiasm and give me some new ideas.
Brilliant first session Martin. Very insightful and learnt so much! A lot of great techniques to take away from that webinar, I will be using the 7 step planner immediately. Looking forward to the assignment and the next 49 weeks.
Had a great and informative mentoring session with Mark Cawley, nice guy, had some interesting left of field ideas for me to try. Thanks Mark
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
The passion of all the lecturers was amazing to see. The sharing of their life experiences that enabled them to get a career in the industry was inspirational and has made me reinforce in my mind it’s truly possible for me!
rocket fuel for the soul
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
If I hadn’t have come I don’t think I would have believed in myself. you and the course have inspired me and sparked something inside of me to pursue my dream.
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
I’m so freaking excited to be on this songwriting retreat!! Have written with some awesome people so far and have created some beautiful songs already! Yesterday’s was incredibly emotional