WheatSongs 2023 – Songs School

Singing may be the first language, even before people created words and gave them meaning. Every child under three makes up songs as naturally as they breathe. Song is likely our earliest and most fundamental art form. Even now, writing songs is the birthright and inspired gift of every human.

Wheatland Song Stage

NEW Schafer Song Stage

The 50th Annual Wheatland Music Festival will offer a songwriting track led by acclaimed songwriter Michael McNevin.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED UNTIL Midnight, August 7, 2023

The program will include pre-festival group sessions, song assignments, and one-on-one coaching sessions, online via Zoom, or phone, during the week leading up to the Festival


Program is limited to 8 participants

APPLY VIA EMAIL to: WheatSongs@gmail.com

Please include:

  • a brief bio
  • a short statement on why you’d like to participate
  • link to a simple video of an original song (hosted on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, or a website)


  • basic proficiency with an acoustic instrument for self-accompaniment
  • ages 15 and up
  • no participation fee, but a standard weekend festival ticket is required (available for sale to participant if not already purchased)

Submission Deadline EXTENDED UNTIL Midnight, August 7, 2023
Selected participants notified by August 10, 2023

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Michael McNevin is a California based, veteran performer and songwriter, with experience teaching at places such as The Pacific Songwriting Camp and Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters.