What we do

Documentary Songwriters are humanitarian musicians helping people to create songs from their own spoken words.


To bear witness through music and build a global community of people connecting and creating songs from their spoken words.

Three Values

  • Authenticity
  • Artistry
  • Accessibility

Ten Programs

  1. For those who have survived sexual trauma: the #MeToo songwriting Project
  2. For listeners in remote areas: a Spotify release each month of a new song from a new voice
  3. For colleges: Training internships and Field Work Terms
  4. For home musicians: Individual songwriting and recording sessions
  5. For addiction recovery centers: Small group programs to reduce isolation
  6. For people seeking asylum: Songwriting with refugees
  7. For elementary and high schools: Oral history, independent study, and choral songwriting projects
  8. For veterans: One-to-one sessions
  9. For families who want to preserve their cultures and traditions: Songwriting from ancestral histories
  10. For groups living in regions of conflict: Songwriting for reconciliation

    An Approach and Method for Creating

    Spoken account –> Free verse poem –> Lyrics –> Melody –> Song

Every life has a story. Every story deserves a voice.

Connecting with others is paramount to health. New research affirms this; social isolation causes higher stress levels, sleep disruption, inflammation, and immune system alteration.
Moreover, in the United States and across the globe, we are divided by political, racial, and socioeconomic boundaries, and loneliness is recognized as a public health epidemic. While we may be continuously connected digitally, isolation seems to be increasing.
People around the world love music, regardless of their heritage. With its documented ability to mend wounds and bridge gaps, song is a powerful vehicle for self-expression and healing. A recorded song can cross great distances and create a connection between people who have never met in person.

Documentary Songwriters is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.