New Orleans Songwriter Getaway
New Orleans, LA, USA
March 14-18, 2018
“In New Orleans, culture doesn’t come down from on high, it bubbles up from the streets.” — Ellis Marsalis
The music culture of New Orleans is a rich gumbo combining jazz, R&B, Gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll with traditions from its Creole, Caribbean, African and European roots. These sounds all meld together to give New Orleans a unique voice as one of the most musically vibrant cities in the world.
Delve into these traditions and find new inspiration for your own songwriting as we combine songwriting workshops with an exciting music vacation. We’ll examine the traditional New Orleans sound including Louis Armstrong, Dixieland Jazz, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mardi Gras Indians and more. Plus, we’ll spend time exploring the current live music scene and diverse street performances.
The New Orleans Songwriter Getaway includes: songwriting workshops, one-on-one feedback and advice, song circles, most meals – including lunch at the famous Market Café and the James Beard Award-winning Cochon, a music-themed walking tour led by a New Orleans music history expert, visits to local music clubs, and a performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Whether you are new to songwriting or an experienced professional, you will find yourself energized by the creativity of this New Orleans songwriter retreat, returning home with several new original songs – even if you don’t play an instrument. Our goal with every songwriter getaway is to give our guests a great experience, new insights into songwriting, and the inspiration to keep working on songs after you leave. Includes one-on-one feedback from host Murray Foster, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with two platinum and five gold records.
A portion of each registration will be donated to The Roots of Music Program. Run by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tab, The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city.
Songwriter Registration – $775
Non-Songwriting Guest – $325
Non-Songwriting Guests are welcome at all meals, walking tours, and performances.
Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.
The New Orleans Getaway does not have lodging included. However, we have negotiated special discount rates at a hotel just two blocks from our Retreat House (2216 Baronne Street) where most of our activities will take place. We will also be providing all attendees with a Jazzy Streetcar Pass.
2203 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
Click here to reserve the special rate of US$149+tax/night. If you call to book your hotel, please mention Toronto Songwriting School. In order to guarantee this rate, hotel rooms must be booked by February 13, 2018.
Many of our Getaway attendees stay in nearby Airbnb rooms when joining our getaways. There are many Airbnb options in the area. We encourage you read reviews and host policies if you select this option. If you are new to Airbnb, use our Referral Link to receive a credit toward your first reservation.
The full Getaway Schedule will be announced soon.
We will host a Welcome Hour beginning at 1pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Our closing breakfast and final song share will take place from 9-11am on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
“I’ve been making music and writing songs with Murrman for over a decade and have loved every minute of it. Murray’s got such a broad musical experience from Folk to Jazz to Rock and all the way back again. Doesn’t hurt that he’s an awesome singer and vocal arranger either.”Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea
“Murray’s tremendous musical versatility and eloquence as a writer has always made him an invaluable creative collaborator and sounding board. His years contributing to countless Canadian projects have resulted in a honed skill for storytelling, developing and deftly refining musical and lyrical ideas in a surprising variety of styles. His depth of musicality is a constant known to everyone who’s had the pleasure of working with him.”Tory Cassis, 2000 Juno Nominee
“My partner Catherine and I started writing with Murray Foster in August of 2013 without any agenda other than to see if we could come up with a song or two. Immediately, I found Murray to be a laid back and receptive partner, open to suggestion and filled with thoughtful and interesting ideas aimed at making the songs as strong as they could be. To date, we’ve written three songs together that will be featured on our next record.”Andrew James O’Brien, Fortunate Ones
“I joined Murray Foster’s intermediate songwriting course as a 3-chord wonder. But by the time I finished the course, I had ventured into the scary realm of bar chords and even managed some finger picking. Murray taught me how to take my songs from that initial blast of inspiration to a complete package, something I have long struggled to do.”Ben Bull, Intermediate Course Student
“This course is what I’ve been searching for for years. Every class is the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, right from the very first week. Not only do you benefit from Murray’s wealth of knowledge and experience, but you get to work with other songwriters in the group and learn from their styles as well. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to build their skills and confidence as a songwriter.”Shari Archinoff, Intermediate Course student
“Your intro class was truly amazing! If this is what you get out of a 3 hour intro class, I can’t imagine the writing and music chops I’ll walk away with after attending a full class. Murray is not only talented in his own right but can actually teach the craft of songwriting!”Stephanie Brown, Intro Student
“The Songwriting Getaway Weekend with Murray Foster was an amazing experience. Murray’s insights are practical and intuitive, and I left with a renewed inspiration to build my tool-set and hone my craft. I’ll be the first to sign up for the next weekend, and every one after that.”Sean Hunt, Getaway Student
“An excellent communicator, Murray Foster has a depth of knowledge about contemporary and classic songwriting as well as popular music in general that is impressive. His use of humour in his teaching has endeared him to his students, who are consistently educated, engaged and entertained.”Blair Packham, Songwriting Instructor, Seneca College and Humber College, Toronto
“Murray Foster’s teaching skills are exceptional. The amount of information and ideas he is able to convey in a short period of time is unbelievable. In our class, we were able to broaden our songwriting experience by tapping into new avenues of creativity that hadn’t yet been realized. We only wished had more time with Murray and his phenomenal methods. Highly recommended!”Joy Thompson, Seneca student
“It was a pleasure working with Murray towards the creation of ‘Open Arms’, a song made for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC). It didn’t take Murray long to develop just the right lyrics, tone, and energy for us that was uplifting and authentic to the experience that patients living with cancer can have. I would engage him in the process again in a heartbeat.”Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center