+ Why do I have to apply to attend?
Judy accepts artists and songwriters based on their demonstrated talent for songwriting. The application process ensures that all retreaters bring some level of experience to the table, and will be able to contribute successfully to co-writing groups.
(For anyone just starting out with songwriting, you can apply to attend Judy’s First Step Songwriting Retreat.)
+ How old do I have to be?
You must be 14 or older to attend. If you are 18 or under, your parent must sign form that gives permission.
+ Does it matter what genre I am?
No. Judy encourages and welcomes variety at her retreats.
+ What if I don’t play an instrument?
You don’t need to play an instrument to attend. If you’re a topliner, Judy will assign you to a co-writing group with others who play an instrument.
+ What if I don’t sing?
You don’t need to be a singer to attend. If you’re a lyricist, instrumentalist or producer, Judy will assign you to a co-writing group with a singer or topliner.
+ How will I know if I’ve been accepted or not?
One of Judy’s team members will reply via email to your application and let you know if you have been accepted or not.
+ Why wasn’t I accepted?
The most common reason Judy doesn’t accept someone is the links they send in. Please make sure you send the correct links for up to 3 original songs. If you don’t have any songs produced, you can make a video of you or someone else performing them. Production quality is not a determining factor in acceptance, unless you are a producer.
+ Will Judy actually review my application?
Yes. Judy reviews all applications before offering acceptance.
+ Will I need to bring my computer?
No. You won’t need it for anything that your phone can’t handle. You probably won’t find much time to use it, either. You’re encouraged to leave your computer and other devices at home. But if you do choose to bring your computer for any reason, there’s free WiFi at each retreat center.
+ Will I need to bring my own instrument?
If you want to bring your instrument, it’s recommended that you bring an extra cable and your own guitar or keyboard. You don’t need to bring an amp.
+ Can I bring my camera?
Yes! There won’t be a lot of time for photos, but Judy and her team encourage you to document your retreat experience and share it on social media after the retreat.