Songwriters from all over the globe are returning to Music City USA for the highly anticipated Shane Adams Spring 2019 Songwriting Retreat.
Join award winning songwriting influencer Shane Adams for a weekend of astonishingly inspired writing and insightful music business navigation techniques. Open yourself up to the potential of your musical excellence.
Twice Grammy Nominated* Music Educator
Country Music Hall of Fame "Top 10 Hit Maker"
Founding Berklee Online Songwriting Instructor
Author of “The Singer-Songwriter’s Guide to Recording in the Home Studio”
Producer/Songwriter, Lead Guitar Player Extraordinaire
Berklee College of Music Songwriting Professor, Former staff-writer for Warner/Chappell Music, Author of “The Craft of Songwriting: Music, Meaning and Emotion”
Where'll it be?
Music City, USA
World Music Nashville
Bellevue Valley Plaza
Nashville, TN 37221
What'll it cost?
$397 - General Admission (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
$324 February Early Bird Pricing
$363 March Early Bird Special
$311 Two-Day Pass (Saturday/Sunday Only)
Where can I stay?
There's several hotels nearby our venue, namely:
Or you can try the very affordable and fun Airbnb route!
FAQ with Shane
Question: What is the purpose of this event?
Answer: For the longest time I've wanted to connect my amazing network of clients and students. You guys are seriously amazing and you need to know each other. You all work hard and you all work smart, and you are doing many many things correct. Still, there are gaps. I'm handpicking the experts I think will best help your aspirations. Additionally, you all have much to share and garner from one another. My deepest hope is that we will all support and grow together as a group. I'm interested in facilitating lifelong friendships and musical partnerships.
Question: Will the focus of the event be on writing Country Music?
Answer: Our focus is on stellar, non-genre craftsmanship to cultivate your style awareness so you may draw from your own influences while identifying and incorporating "signature elements" of any musical style.
Question: Should I rent a car or do Lyft/Uber?
Answer: Nashville is a fairly small city, very easy to get around. Our event venue is roughly 20 minutes from downtown. There is a thriving Lyft and Uber community (although in West Nashville where our venue is, Lyft is the quicker option - in my opinion).
Question: What will the weather be like?
Answer: Nashville in late October is typically pretty beautiful, although some years its been rainy. Dress for comfortable southern fall weather (mild during the day, chilly at night). Check weather listings the week before, if it's been wet, good chance it'll rain during the event.
Question: Is food provided? What about lunch and dinner?
Answer: Except for light afternoon snacks, meals will not be provided. There are 10 or 11 great restaurants literally next door and in the same complex as our venue (with fast food across the street) and a Starbucks on the corner. There is also a grocery store within a minute walk for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free needs. My favorite sushi place of all time is catty corner to us...ask for Sang, and tell him I sent you.
Question: I hear you arranged to get us discounts at the World Music Nashville?
Answer: You heard correctly. Because of my working relationship with World Music Nashville I have secured a 10% discount off of ANYTHING they have in stock. They have an amazing acoustic (and electric) guitar selection. (Seriously, American Strats, Martins, Taylors, etc.). I'm also working on getting a discount for Steinberg software and hardware products for event attendees.
Question: Nightlife? Touristy stuff?
Answer: I'm planning on doing an open mic both nights, one at the venue, the other in a downtown club. Although we have a packed schedule, you'll have time in the evenings to explore, to see and be seen.
Downtown Nashville is a blast with its famous honky-tonks and live music.
12 South District has wonderful food (there's a cupcake ATM machine!) Great to walk around.
The Gulch (close to downtown) has amazing urban shopping and restaurants. The Station Inn has the best bluegrass in the country.
Grand Ole Opry is about 20 minutes east of downtown with the gorgeous and expansively indoor gardened Opryland Hotel.
"Five Points" in East Nashville has the super hip hipster vibe. Great grimy bars and upscale funprententious dining.
The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's Home) is brilliantly historical. Period clothing wearing guides take you back to a fascinating if not troubled time/life of Andrew Jackson.
Question: Okay, last one....are your eyes really closed in the "header" picture above?
Answer: Yes. The sun was directly in my eyes and we only had a moment for me to run out in the middle of downtown Nashville during morning rush hour traffic. The only shot that turned out where I wasn't dodging cars with my guitar was the one where I blinked. (Shout out to the amazing Kelly Blaine for snapping such cool shots with such an unphotogenic subject!). Oh, show business. Thanks for noticing. Let's pretend I'm being all zen. Deal?