Just Imagine...

.....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

The Latest

Thanks to all our friends who donated to our fall fund drive. It was our most successful one ever and will allow us to write songs with over 2,000 kids.

Because We Have Music House Concert Series: Every 2nd & 4th Sunday we present 3 of our favorite artists in a house concert setting.  You can join the living room virtual audience  for free and interact with the performers by registering at KidPanAlley.eventbrite.com

Staring Out My Window– Our new EP of songs from the quarantine. Listen

Virtual Songwriting for Schools: We recognize the challenges facing schools in providing meaningful and engaging distance learning. We can help. Our collaborative workshops promote literacy, teamwork, and interdisciplinary exploration through the creative process. Learn more. Watch the  Video

Kid Pan Alley celebrates 20 years with a new album, Best Friends, available on Apple Music and everywhere else. It’s an album of songs featuring some of the most beloved children’s artists in the county including Lisa Loeb, Bill Harley, The Not-Its, Robbie Schaefer, Randy Kaplan, John McCutcheon and many others accompanied by the Kid Pan Alley Band.

Our new musical: The Talented Clementine, based on the beloved Clementine series of children’s books, had its 2nd run RAAC Theatre in Little Washington, VA.

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