.....that you are a child and your class writes a song with a professional songwriter. You’d be changed forever – seeing yourself as a creator and an artist, and not just a consumer of popular culture. Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire creativity, build confidence, and foster community among children of all ages through the group songwriting process.
Kid Pan Alley was founded in 1999, and since then we have written over 2,700 songs with over 65,000 children across the country, from Virginia to Hawaii. The songs are a sophisticated and powerful world-view as seen through the eyes of the children. Taught by professional songwriters, our workshops help children learn how to work as a team, respect diversity, and express themselves through the artistic process.
Our songs have been recorded by professional artists such as Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others. We’ve won numerous awards - including Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a WAMMIE, and even a Grammy nomination for one of our recordings.
“Kid Pan Alley is the quintessential program for helping kids to experience their creative power, their voice, and their own self-expression. This is the kind of experience that changes lives.” -Kathy Mattea, Grammy award winner