BAI Songwriting Workshops & Master Classes

The deadline for workshop applications is Sunday, September 8 at 11:59 pm.

>> Click here for the application questionnaire.

The Brown Arts Initiative is pleased to again sponsor the BAI Songwriting Workshop, a FREE weekly workshop designed to give students and community members a chance to hone their songwriting skills while being part of and contributing to a supportive creative community. 

The workshop is open to students and community members via an application process. Songwriters of all experience levels and genres are encouraged to apply! Participation is limited, and the selection process is competitive. Deadline for applications is Sunday, September 8 at 11:59 pm. Applicants are expected to be able to attend at least 75% of weekly workshop sessions.

The workshops meet weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, 154 Angell Street, Providence. They are led by Providence-based singer-songwriters Tracie Potochnik and Emily Goldstein. Fall semester workshop meetings begin on September 17 and run through December 10, 2019. Participants have the option to continue for the spring semester, and a number of spots may open up for new songwriters at that time. Workshops vary from week to week, but generally include a combination of sharing songs-in-progress and receiving feedback, in-workshop writing exercises, and discussion about various elements of songwriting. End-of-semester concerts feature workshop participants playing new work. 

Songwriters taking part in the workshop also have the opportunity to play songs-in-progress to nationally recognized singer-songwriters during BAI’s Songwriting Masterclasses, which are open to the public as audience members. These include Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles on October 11, 2019 and Chachi Carvalho on March 6, 2020. 

To apply for the BAI Songwriting Workshop, please fill out this application, which asks questions about you and your songwriting. You are required to provide a link to an example of your songwriting (this can be on SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, Google Drive, etc.). Again, space in the workshops is limited and the selection process competitive, and participation in the workshop is required to be considered for a spot in the BAI Songwriting Masterclasses. Successful applicants will be notified by Saturday, Sept 14, 2019.

For questions about the application process, please contact Tracie Potochnik and/or Emily Goldstein:

>> tracie.potochnik [at]
>> egoldstein57 [at]

Photo of Emily Goldstein & Tracie Potochnik

Emily Goldstein & Tracie Potochnik

Songwriting Workshop Leaders

Tracie Potochnik is a Providence-based singer-songwriter who is half of the duo Cardboard Ox. Writing and performing for over a decade, she's known for songs that tell compelling stories through nuanced lyrics and has appeared regionally at venues including Club Passim, the Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Common Fence Music and the Providence Folk Festival main stage. Between her solo and duo work she's released three studio albums and is currently in the studio with Cardboard Ox. Tracie can be found at and

Emily Goldstein is a Providence-based singer-songwriter and teacher. She has a B.A. in Songwriting and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and has spent the last decade teaching and performing her original work around the country. In Providence, Emily has teamed up with organizations like Girls Rock, RI! and Trinity Repertory Company to bring songwriting courses to all ages. Emily is also the co-founder of Forever Endeavor, a record label which recently released Through the Night, a benefit album for RAICES featuring Rhode Island songwriters. Emily can be found at and

Granoff Center

Brown University
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Mailing Address

Brown University
Campus Box 1987
Providence, RI, 02912