Young Songwriters Workshop


Central Texas Writing Project & Cheatham Street Music Foundation partnered to pilot the first Young Songwriters’ Camp at Cheatham’s Woodshed Studios in 2012.  Following the death of Kent Finlay, the godfather of Texas music, we rebooted camp and moved it into the hallowed halls of Cheatham Street Warehouse for YSWC ’15.

Last year we changed our acronym to YSW (Young Songwriters’ Workshop); more importantly, we were given a great big show of support from BIGFest, and our young songwriters were among the scheduled acts for Saturday’s day of music.  To our great delight, that show of support has been granted again for YSW/BigFest ’17! Because the festival/benefit concert will be covered by Radio Free Texas, our young songwriters will have the opportunity to play their original music for live audiences at Cheatham Street Warehouse, on the radio, and online! This performance allows us to spend a week with your young songwriter(s) workshopping their original music through every stage of the writing process. CTWP and CSMF are proud to continue hosting this annual event that seeks out and develops young songwriting talent from across the Hill Country!

For more information and to register CLICK HERE

Sponsor a Young Songwriter
If you don’t have a young songwriter of your own, but you still believe in Kent Finlay’s vision enough to sponsor a young songwriter with a full or partial scholarship to YSW ’17, we’d be exceedingly grateful for your tax-deductible donation***. Simply choose one of the PayPal payment options below, submit your donation, and email so we can confirm receipt and acknowledge your generosity with our thanks.

All funds designated as YSW donations go directly to student scholarships, so anything you choose to contribute will be put to good use entirely by one of this year’s young songwriters!!! Even if you can’t cover a full tuition, please consider making a donation to support our young songwriters. You’ll help Central Texas Writing Project in our mission to spread the love of all forms of writing to students of all ages, The Cheatham Street Music Foundation in its mission to promote and preserve Texas music, and you’ll be directly responsible for helping keep alive the rich tradition of live music and songwriting that has made this area a worldwide destination for pickers and fans alike!

​*There are limited scholarship funds available to those needing assistance to attend YSW

**Checks/Money Orders should be made out To Cheatham Street Music Foundation, For Young Songwriters’ Workshop; mail to:

Cheatham Street Music Foundation
PO Box 2535
San Marcos, TX 78667

​***The Cheatham Street Music Foundation, a 501(c)3