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Are you a 10-17 yo songwriter who wants to join I Heart Songwriting Club?

We have designed a fully online 10-week program for you led by a mentor who will be with you every step of the way. The program includes:

  • Short weekly video lessons from founder, Francesca de Valence (5-10 mins)
  • Songwriting exercises
  • Weekly songwriting challenges
  • Personalised songwriting feedback from your mentor (see below for mentor bios)
Each week participate from anywhere in the world, even take your songwriting on holidays with you. The time commitment is about 2 hours each week and you pick when in your week this suits you. You will work in a small group with 2-4 other songwriters.

First-time songwriter? Ready to dive in and try this out? Great. We would love to support you to write your first 10 songs.

Cost for 10-week program: $500
Cut off date for this program Dec 18, 2018. Enrol by Dec 18.


Your Teacher

Francesca de Valence
Founder of I Heart Songwriting Club

Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, speaker, and founder & CEO of I Heart Songwriting Club. She has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Music Awards with an International Songwriter of the Year Award and also holds an Australian Songwriting Award. Francesca has supported artists including Jimmy Webb and her music can be heard on ABC radio around Australia.

Francesca is a prolific composer with a huge catalogue of independent releases over the past 10 years. She has recently penned her first musical “Beware of Boys” co-produced at the Anywhere Theatre Festival (2018), and her latest creation “Songs de Paris” is an ongoing musical experiment of her relationship with Paris – presented live in both Australian and Paris (2018).

Holding a Masters in Music and with an academic background having taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University, Francesca is a speaker in areas of songwriting and creative and personal development (BIGSOUND, WAMCON 2018) and facilitates songwriting workshops nationally and internationally for songwriters of all levels (QUT, WAAPA, QMusic, MusicACT).

The Mentors

Sam Buckingham

A genuine folk troubadour, Sam Buckingham is praised as "gorgeous and moving... with an authenticity that is undeniable" (The Au Review). Marrying folk and singer-songwriter roots with modern pop ideals, her intricate storytelling weaves effortlessly inside gorgeous melodies, delivered by a voice equally effective sounding carefree, melancholic or strong and sure of her place in the world.

She’s toured alongside the likes of Kasey Chambers, Katie Noonan, James Reyne and Lior, was long listed for the esteemed Australian Music Price and has traveled to Nashville and New York City to collaborate with some of the USA’s most celebrated writers including Kim Richey, Brice Wallace, Marc Copely and Mary Lee Kortes.

Independent and self managed, Buckingham delivers an intimate and heart slamming performance every time, whether playing House Concerts to her grass roots fan base or sold out theatre shows and festivals.

“Her songwriting and astounding voice gripped me” - Timber & Steel

Dave Crowe

Known by his stage name of Resin Moon, electronic producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Crowe hails from the desert town of Alice Springs located in Central Australia.

A lifelong musician, Crowe began experimenting with beats and electronic production at the age of 16, and in 2013, his track "Awake" won the NT Song of the Year award and was picked up by a number of triple j DJs, effectively launching his career. In 2014 he went on to land songs on major international T.V shows “Akward” (MTV) and “Made in Chelsea” (UK Channel 4) and a soon to be released U.S feature film "Grounded". In 2016 his self-released single "Salt" went on to win another NT Song of the Year award and reached over 1 million streams on Spotify and Apple music combined. He signed a publishing deal with Gaga Music and a distribution deal with Believe to release his debut EP, also titled “Salt".

Arriving on his own label Sing Hum, the EP featured collaborations with notable Northern Territory artists Broadwing, Xavia and Ed Francis and was followed up by a national headline tour. A year later, in 2017 Resin Moon won the triple j unearthed prize to play Bass In The Grass festival, following up with a sold out Australian tour supporting Sydney artists Boo Seeka, then landing a showcase at BIGSOUND. In November, Crowe will release the Nothing To See single, in advance of his debut album, due for release in early 2019.