Teens of diverse backgrounds and all musical abilities come together to share songs, write, and jam.

Teen Co-Chairs: Evie Dolan, Brandon Niederauer, Maxwell Violet

“A lot of people tell teens it’s time to get off your phones and do something. What’s great about Guitar Mash is they actually give you something to do.”
-Tom Colicchio (2017)

 The 2nd #MyNYCSong Teen Songwriting Contest


Guitar Mash and the Mayor’s Office office of Media and Entertainment are once again calling teens age 13-19 from all five boroughs to submit original songs that have been inspired by New York City. The second annual #MyNYCSong Teen Songwriting Contest is a chance to write a love letter to your hometown. Prizes include a professional recording session, mentorship and a chance to perform on stage at Guitar Mash at City Winery.

Submission Deadline: October 5, 2018

Click Here For More Info! 

Congratulations to our 2017 finalists:  Chloe Hennessee (First Place); Erick Dutan; and Julian Kaufman/Charlie Kilgore (Runners-Up). Click here to listen to the winning songs.

We are grateful for the number and depth of contest entries.  Turns out, teens have a lot to say about New York.

Teen Songwriter Circle

Wishing everybody a happy August! We will be back in Septemeber with our Songwriter Circle.

Information will be posted soon!

An extension of Guitar Mash’s Teen Acoustic Guitar Project, the Guitar Mash Songwriter Circle aims to cultivate the individual voice through songwriting. You will have the opportunity to share songs in progress and learn basic tools in the songwriting process. If you don’t have any songs written… that is ok! Hopefully, this will inspire you and be the beginning of your journey into songwriting.

Please note: New students are always welcome!

Please contact Guitar Mash Producer Britt Marden (britt@guitarmash.org) with any questions.


Teen Acoustic Guitar Project

Bringing together a group of young guitarists, the Teen Acoustic Guitar Project (inspired by “The Acoustic Guitar Project”) passes one acoustic guitar from one musician to the next within New York City. After receiving the guitar, each teen has one week to write and record an original song using only the guitar and their voice. The project reinforces the Guitar Mash commitment to the communal and aims to bolster the community of teens making and sharing music together.

Are you a teen guitarist?
Do you want to be a part of this project?

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Guitar Mash serves as a hub for musical teens from a wide variety of communities. We are grateful to our community-based partners serving teens:

Baja Musical Arts Initiative
Berklee NYC
Church Street School for Music & Art
The Door
Face the Music
The Lower Eastside Girls Club
Renaissance Youth
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