Donate to the Penny Nichols Scholarship Fund

Donate to the Penny Nichols Scholarship Fund

In the summer of 1999, Penny Nichols took a leap of faith and held the first SummerSongs songwriting camp at the Ashokan Field Campus in Olivebridge, NY.

That first summer 37 campers and three or four adventurous teachers – touring professionals in their own right – created a life-changing experience which has continued nurturing us, and other songwriters, through today. Imagine being in a setting where you can develop your songwriting skills, face your performance fears, and make rich and lasting friendships in an atmosphere infused with acceptance and support. That was SummerSongs then. That is SummerSongs today.

After twenty years, we now have a substantial core of campers along with newcomers every year, but our economy has made it increasingly difficult for new, young songwriters to afford a week away at camp.

It is for this reason that we have created the Penny Nichols Scholarship Fund. We hope to help up to 10 young songwriters afford a week at SummerSongs and have the kind of life-changing experiences that so many of us have enjoyed.

Please help us spread Penny’s message. No amount is too small. Thank you for your generous donations!

Thank you!