New Orleans Songwriter Getaway

New Orleans Songwriter Getaway

New Orleans Songwriter Getaway – SOLD OUT
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

new orleans songwriting retreat

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.

What to Expect

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.

new orleans songwriter getawayWhether 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.

New Orleans Songwriter Getaway Registration

Songwriter Registration –  $775 Regular Price. $675 Early Bird Pricing until Nov. 30th
Non-Songwriting Guest – $325
Non-Songwriting Guests are welcome at all meals, walking tours, and performances. 

Songwriter Registration


Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Airfare and lodging is not included see lodging options below.

Songwriter Getaway Lodging

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.

Hotel Indigo
2203 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-3650
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.

Songwriter Getaway Schedule

We will host a Welcome Hour beginning at 1pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. If your flight is arriving later, that’s no problem. The first day is deliberately a light getting-to-know-you schedule.

Each day will start with breakfast available at the house at 9am, followed by a songwriting workshop at 10am.

Our closing breakfast and final song share will take place from 9-11am on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Songwriters are welcome to visit the house beginning at 12pm. 
5:30pm – Dinner at the house
Evening Song Circle / Preservation Hall Jazz Band
If all attendees are able to join us for dinner on Wednesday, we will go to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Wednesday. If not, we’ll attend on Thursday.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Morning  – Breakfast and Songwriting
Lunch at the House
Afternoon – Music and Songwriting
Dinner at Cochon
Evening – Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Friday, March 16, 2018
Morning  – Breakfast and Songwriting
Afternoon – Music Tour including Lunch at the Market Cafe
Dinner at the House

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Morning  – Breakfast and Songwriting
Lunch at the House
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Dinner at the House

Sunday, March 18, 2018
9am – Breakfast
10am – Final Song Share

There may be slight variations in the schedule due to weather and group interests. Please email Mary if you have any questions.

Murray Foster retains his portion of the royalties for any co-writing he contributes to a song above and beyond the normal course of a lesson. Read more…