Please join Rodney and Friends for 4 days and nights of songwriting, singing, and collaborating with our incredible ensemble of talent. Our environments are non-competitive and are solely about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Your registration to It Starts With a Song includes:

  • Daily masterclasses with Rodney
  • Performances every evening by our incredible instructors
  • Multiple Intimate breakout sessions every day led by our Faculty of songwriters. Peter, Beth, Joe, Lera, Bill, Gretchen, and John Paul
  • Open mics every night- a chance for you to perform your songs!
  • Enjoy great food, great company, and collaboration daily!

An Invitation From Rodney Crowell

Fellow songwriters, I’m happy to invite you to join us at It Starts With A Song 2023! This year’s event will take place from August 21st to 24th at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville.

At It Starts With A Song, you will have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some of the most accomplished songwriters and musicians in the industry. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, we have something for everyone.

We are honored to have the legendary John Hiatt as our special guest this year, along with talented artists such as John Paul White, Bill Payne, Gretchen Peters, and many more. We are also excited to welcome back some familiar faces to the faculty, including the legendary Peter Asher, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Lera Lynn, and Joe Henry. There will also be past event participants whose progress as songwriters has earned them a place on the team as honorary instructors.

Mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable long weekend of songwriting, music, creativity, and community. It’ll be as much fun as it is instructive.

All best,

Rodney Crowell

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Rodney Crowell

John Hiatt

Peter Asher

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Jon Estes

Joe Henry

Lera Lynn

Bill Payne

Gretchen Peters

John Paul White


It Starts With A Song will begin at 3PM on August 21 and will conclude around 11PM on August 24. The complete camp schedule will be released in May 2023 but in the meantime, here is a schedule for a “typical” day to give you an idea of how it runs.

Typical Day

  • 9AM

    Rodney master class

  • 11AM

    Breakouts led by Peter Asher, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Joe Henry, Bill Payne, Lera Lynn, John Paul White

  • 1PM

    Lunch- guitar circles

  • 2PM

    Breakouts led by Peter Asher, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Joe Henry, Bill Payne, Lera Lynn, John Paul White

  • 4PM

    Rodney Interviews John Hiatt

  • 6PM

    Dinner- guitar circles

  • 7PM

    John Hiatt concert

  • 9PM

    Camper open mic

Scarritt Bennett Center

Scarritt Bennett Center is located in the historic midtown area, right off Music Row and next to Vanderbilt University. The campus, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, music venues, and famous Nashville attractions. The campus is also a 5-minute walk to a bus stop, easily accessible via a cab/Lyft/Uber, a 5-minute drive from downtown Nashville, and a 15-minute drive from the Nashville International Airport.

Travel Directions

Scarritt Bennett Center

1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

Scarritt Bennett Center

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Pricing and Registration

Register by April 15 for 10% off!
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Pricing, Registration, & Accommodations

  • Registration

    Your registration will include all performances, workshops, concerts, musical activities, goody bags, lunches, and dinners at Scarritt Bennett – it does not, however, include accommodations.

    If you have a loved one joining you in Nashville, we have a meal plan available for an additional $399 at checkout.

    • For those who prefer a first-class, 5-star accommodation, we recommend Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. It is a 4-minute walk to Scarritt Bennett and is one of the best hotels in Nashville. They are offering our guests a preferred rate of $239 per night, which is pretty great in Nashville. To book your room at Loews, please use this link.
    • There are also accommodations available at Scarritt Bennett Center for It Starts with a Song. All accommodations are suites with a private bathroom, etc. The accommodations, however, are for a retreat center and there is no television, room service, etc available. If you are interested, you can book there using this link.

    Of course, you are welcome to stay wherever you like in Nashville as well!

What's Included

  • All workshops, activities, and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Nightly concerts by our faculty
  • Open mics
  • Amazing lunches and dinners
  • Wifi
  • Parking

What's Not Included

  • Accommodations in Nashville
  • Transportation to Nashville
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on July 1, 2023.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable unless you enroll in the Active Cancellation Insurance program. The Active Cancellation Insurance program is a program that will enable you to receive a full refund should you cancel your registration for any reason as long as you file your claim no less than 48 hours before the event.
    • To enroll in this program, you can purchase the Insurance at check out. The cost to consumers is 20% of the cart total after any discounts have been applied. It will clearly spell out the amount in dollars it will cost at the time of checkout.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy and Cancellation FAQ