» Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a retreat?
How can I volunteer at a retreat?
How do you select the songwriters?
Music Director Jay Clementi curates our network of professional songwriters. He emphasizes a mastery of skills in co-writing songs, an ability to listen deeply, an ease collaborating with others, and a genuine desire to write great songs with veterans.
Can I attend a retreat as a participant?
We welcome all active-duty military or veterans to apply! Please let us know your service history in the additional information field in the contact form.
Can I join SW:S as a songwriter?
Will you share my songs/poems/stories with your program?
What is required to host a retreat?
Retreats are hosted at facilities which can accommodate and sleep 20-30 individuals. The facility must be handicap accessible and within an hour’s drive of a major airport. Hosted retreats must be funded by the organization or individual who is sponsoring or have a funding source identified. If you believe you meet these criteria, please submit an inquiry with these details on our contact form.
How do I sponsor a SW:S performance?
How can I help?
How can I volunteer for SW:S?
As we grow, opportunities to volunteer will increase. We currently rely on area volunteers near retreat areas and many of our past participants have joined our volunteer team. We are thrilled to provide opportunities for our veterans to stay connected and serve as ambassadors for the program.
Why do we spell SongwritingWith:Soldiers the way we do?
This is a question we are frequently asked, especially by folks who need to write our name for documents or press pieces. The three words — songwriting with soldiers — are simple and straightforward, but put them together, like we do in real life, and something unique and magical happens. (Just check out the songs!)
Each word matters — We don’t write for soldiers. We don’t write about soldiers. We write with soldiers to truly help them tell their stories through songs as best as we can. And, like the spelling of our name, we keep that purpose closely tied to all we do. Why the colon? We plan to expand to other communities in the future.