Our Mission:

Empowered expression.

SONGWRITING. MENTORSHIP. PRODUCTION.

Girls Write Nashville: (n.) a nonprofit songwriting mentorship program based in Nashville, TN that cultivates empowered expression and positive community for teen girls. Our research-driven curriculum is designed to build resilience and confidence in girls while space-making for an inclusive and safe city-wide music scene.

Committed to accessibility and inclusivity, our programs are offered free of cost to participants. (See if you qualify for priority enrollment.)

Our participants produce and record a compilation album of their songs every year. Listen to our latest release, Girls Write Nashville: Volume 3.

 
 
 

Our Programs

Your life is the story you live. We want to help you tell it.

All programs in Girls Write Nashville incorporate mentorship, songwriting and music production and are guided by our original research-driven curriculum. All are free of cost to participants and offer priority enrollment to youth meeting certain criteria. Girls Write Nashville currently serves middle and high school aged youth in Davidson County, TN.

 

Satellite Guilds

age: 6th-12th grades

PREREQUISITE: none.

Young writers across Davidson County participate in a twice-a-week after-school program led by a local professional female artist. In this community-oriented environment, participants develop the tools to express themselves through song, share their work with supportive peers, learn the basics of recording, and showcase their songs to the community. Every participant will leave the program with a quality demo of a completed song.

All-City Artists Guild

age: 9th-12th grades

PREREQUISITE: at least one year in a satellite guild

Our All-City Recording Guild pairs upper-middle and high-school girls with local female professional songwriters. The pairs meet bi-weekly from January - June. Youth writers also attend a monthly Writers’ Guild where they share their songs with each other and participate in an arts scene of their own creation. The season culminates in a recording session at a professional local studio in collaboration with a professional studio band made up of women and a public album release show

 

All-ages open mic

Girls Write Nashville facilitates a youth-led all-ages open mic night at local all-ages DIY venue Drkmttr located at 1111 Dickerson Pike in East Nashville. Check out our events page for dates and more information.

shhh… secret shows!

We host monthly secret shows at unique locations around the city featuring artistically-exciting local and touring artists. We curate artists with gender balance in mind and always pay the band. Shows and tickets are announced and available exclusively through our mailing list (sign up here) and a block of tickets is always reserved for our donor circles.

 

I’m a princess mighty and strong
I slayed the dragon, fought the enemy.
Got through my troubles
And I didn’t need no man to save me
Don’t need no slimey frog, no poison apples, nah
Cinderella had no choice
But you can find your own voice.
— Meronica F. ("We Can" from GWN: Volume 2)

 

Why do I always wanna laugh
When I’m saying something sad
Am I protecting myself,
Or is it you I’m trying to help?
— Tiana W. ("Hard Times" from GWN: Volume 3)
 

Our Impact

Our original, research-driven curriculum and values of empowerment and social equity result in great youth outcomes.

 

100%

improved education outcomes

100% of middle school girls in Title I (high poverty) schools who complete a season of Girls Write Nashville before applying to high school are accepted into a top-choice performing arts or academic magnet high school.

 

ELL

supporting english language learners

ELL students report that songwriting in Girls Write Nashville is the first time they’ve felt truly able to communicate their inner thoughts and feelings in English.

 
 

3+

accessible after school programs

In addition to our All-City programs, we run after school programs in three Title I middle schools to assure GWN is accessible to everyone who needs it. We’re proud to support our local public school system.

 
 

July 2018

Girls Write Nashville has made a true difference in my daughter’s confidence and spirit.

K., parent of a multi-year participant

 

 
 

Get Involved

Girls Write Nashville is a community-driven, community-powered organization. Our participant re-enrollment rate is high, our volunteers tend to work with us for multiple years, and our donors tend to stick around too. Join our community today!

 

join

Are you a kid who loves music and wants to learn more? Our programs are accessible and engaging for experienced artists and total beginners and all are welcome. Apply to join us!

Volunteer

Join our amazing community of volunteers! Volunteering in GWN is fun and engaging and is a great way to be a part of our community as a grown-up. Volunteer mentors say they get as much out of GWN as their mentees do.

donate

We ran on grassroots donations for almost 3 years before ever receiving a large donation. Our program is community-powered and every dollar goes a long way. Don’t have time to volunteer but want to join our cause? Every donor becomes part of one of our donor circles which get cool perks, fun exclusive content, and special invites to donor events. Turns out - it’s fun to give!