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1312 Riverwood Dr.
Nashville, TN 37216

MILES OF MUSIC is a place for learning, creating and collaborating. Our flagship event is an annual week-long music retreat for all ages on a private island in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. We also host winter weekends, concerts and dances in Brooklyn and Boston. 



We're hiring!

Kristin Andreassen

Miles of Music is hiring a part-time Associate Managing Director. If you're an enthusiastic, resourceful, creative leader interested in arts administration, we want you to apply! Find more info here.

Miles of Music All-Comers' After-Party // June 16 // Club Passim

Kristin Andreassen

The Miles of Music After-Party will feature performances and rare collaborations from The Murphy Beds, The Brother Brothers, Courtney Hartmann & Taylor Ashton, Kristin Andreassen, Laura Cortese, Lauren Balthrop and more, fresh off their experience teaching and writing at the Miles of Music Camp hosted annually on 3 Mile Island in Lake Winnepesaukee. This concert is open to all!


Kristin Andreassen

HOUSE CAMP is an intimate weekend workshop taking place in either a private home (March 3-5 in Boston) or at the cozy Jalopy Theatre and Tavern (March 10-12 in Brooklyn). We explore traditional folk music, modern songwriting, and how they work together. The weekend begins on Friday night with a concert and square dance. Workshops take place from 10am-6pm on Saturday with a break for a gourmet buffet lunch a sit down banquet style dinner and a camper concert. Classes on Sunday go from 10am till around 3pm, with a break in the middle for lunch and cookies for our farewell jam. 

Instruments taught include fiddle, banjo, guitar, uke (Boston), mandolin (Brooklyn) and singing, as well as non-instrument-specific skills like songwriting, ensemble playing, ear training, arranging and performance.


In Brooklyn, our theme will be Africa & Appalachia: Finding Creativity Within a Traditional Music Culture with ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT, ELIZABETH LAPRELLE, SAMIR LANGUS, JOE WALSH, ELI WEST and MARIEL VANDERSTEEL

Our house camps are intimate events. They are a great place to meet other traditional musicians and songwriters in your local community. Two, three sometimes even four classes take place simultaneously. Students and volunteers help transform the space from classroom to communal banquet hall and back again throughout the weekend.

Group Lottery Applications - How do they work?

Kristin Andreassen


If you are registering as a group you will be asked to answer questions on behalf of every member of your group as well as pay $100/member of your group at check out.  This news post is designed to help you find out the answers ahead of time. IF you are signing up for our Work/Trade Lottery please do not apply as a group. 


First Name
Middle Name (optional)
Last Name
Mailing Address (street, city, state, postal code)
Phone Number
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Phone
Have you attended Miles of Music Island Camp before?
T-Shirt size? (We'll have camp shirts for sale on the island!)


We'll print a camper contact list for each of you to take home. We would typically include your name, home town and email address. Here, you can also list any additional web site and social media links that you'd like us to include (you'll have a chance to adjust or opt out entirely when on the island).
Facebook (Musician/Band Page), Web Site, Twitter, Instagram


What is the main instrument you’ll be playing at camp? (mandatory)
Choice of: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Singing, Percussion, Percussive Dance

What would you consider to be your speed of learning by ear on this main instrument? (mandatory)
choice of: Slow, Moderate, Fast, Very Fast

Will you be playing a second instrument at camp? (optional)
Choice of: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Singing, Percussion, Percussive Dance

What would you consider to be your speed of learning by ear on this secondary instrument? (optional)
choice of: Slow, Moderate, Fast, Very Fast
What types of music are you mainly interested in playing and/or singing these days? (open answer)


We serve a buffet breakfast and lunch, followed by a family-style sit-down dinner. Chef Timothy Tucker takes advantage of the seasonal produce from nearby Picnic Rock Farms. The rest of the food comes from Maine’s North Center Foods, where we order regional meats from a good source. Homemade desserts are served at dinner nightly. The standard meal plan includes meat or fish at most meals. We also offer two altered menu options based on the most common food restrictions we’ve encountered in the past: vegetarian and gluten-free
Which meal plan do you prefer? (mandatory)
choice of: Standard, Vegetarian or Gluten-Free

Do you have any food allergies or severe food intolerances that we should know about? If so, please describe. (open answer)

Do you have any medical conditions that we should know about? (open answer)


Small, rustic cabins are spaced around the island shoreline. The typical camper cabin is 16-feet square, with two single beds, a kerosene lamp (no electricity or running water), a clothesline, bookshelf, and a rocking chair on a front porch with a view of the lake. Regular tuition includes a bed in a cabin with one roommate. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, we'll find a good match for you. A limited number of private cabins are available for $1,550 (first come first serve from our LOTTERY winners)

If you want to select your own roommate, please put their name here: (optional)

Some cabins are right next to the main facilities, while others are up to a mile away. The remote cabins tend to be quieter, but the paths are quite rustic, especially at night when lit only by flashlight. Given this info, how many minutes from "downtown" would you ideally like your cabin to be? (mandatory)
Choice of: Less than 5 minutes, 5-10 minutes, 10-15 minutes, It doesn't matter

Do you drink alcohol? (mandatory)
choice of: Yes/Sometimes or No
How important is it to you to have a quiet roommate? (mandatory)
choice of:  Important, I’d like a roommate who is also a quieter person, Either way, I can sleep through anything or I'll be the one making the noise!
Do you snore? (mandatory)
choice of: Yes/Sometimes or No


Transportation to and from camp is ultimately each camper's responsibility. Boats to the island will leave from Lovejoy Sands Road near Meredith, New Hampshire. We have a volunteer Travel Coordinator who is available to answer travel planning questions and who is often able to facilitate carpools between campers with cars and campers in need of transportation. All campers accepted via the lottery will receive information about how to contact the Travel Coordinator directly.

In the event that you’re accepted in the camp lottery, how would you likely be traveling to camp?
choice of: 
Flying to the Boston, MA Airport (arrive by 12noon on June 10)
Flying to the Manchester, NH Airport (arrive by 1pm on June 10)
Driving my own car to camp
I would be looking for a ride


It takes a community to put on Miles of Music Camp. We always welcome a helping hand, both on the island and in preparation for camp. Please list any skills you’d like to offer for a few hours, including graphic design, cooking, cleaning or heavy lifting. We can always use a few volunteers willing to stay on the island till we’re done cleaning up on Friday, June 16th, so let us know if that’s you. THANK YOU! (optional)
Skills & Talents: (open answer)

Island Camp Lottery - How Does it Work?

Kristin Andreassen

Starting in 2017, all invitations to Miles of Music Island Camp will be determined by lottery. (House Camp admittance will be first-come, first-serve as in the past).

Whether you're a new camper or a long-time alum, you must apply by filling out the registration form before February 22nd. We've created this FAQ to help you understand the new system. Thanks for your support as we continue to experiment with ways to expand the circle of people who get to experience Miles of Music Camp.


What’s the deal with this lottery?

Those of you who attended Miles of Music Camp in 2011 know that we started with about 30 campers and some groovy plant surveyors in surrounding cabins. In the six years since, we’ve grown to sell out our little island getaway. Recently, we’ve sold out so quickly that many would-be new campers didn't have a fighting chance at getting in with our first-come, first-serve registration policy. Because we want to ensure that new faces arrive on the dock each year, we’ve decided to try a lottery system for our 2017 island camp registrations.

But I come to Miles of Music EVERY year. Do I REALLY have to apply?


Is there a deposit required for lottery application?

All lottery applications will require a $100 fully refundable deposit. (If your name doesn't come up in the first round of lottery admittances and you would like to remain on the waiting list, we will keep your deposit until May 1, when we will refund all deposits to people still on the waitlist. If you are sure you do not want to attend camp please send us an email and we will remove you from the waiting list and refund your deposit before May 1.)

How are attendees selected?

Camper names will be randomly selected from two pools of “returning campers” and “new campers” to ensure a balance of both.

I’m applying for a WORK/TRADE DISCOUNT. Do I still have to apply for the lottery?

YES! As you go through the general application, there will be an opportunity to indicate that you're interested in a work/trade discount as well as which jobs you'd be interested in doing. You will receive notice of the results and be given the choice of accepting your Work/Trade job or attending camp at full-price. 

I am not sure if I can attend camp yet, should I still apply for the lottery by February 22?

YES. If you are interested in attending Miles of Music 2017 you should apply now even if you aren’t sure you can attend. We will email you if you have been accepted through the lottery in early March. You will then have two weeks to pay in full to hold your spot, or you may decline by April 1 with a full refund on your deposit and any additional tuition paid. Cancellations after April 1 will be refunded in part based on our published cancellation refund schedule.

What happens if I don’t get selected in the lottery?

In early March, all lottery applicants will receive an email notifying them of either a) their acceptance into camp or b) their number on the waiting list. As other campers either decline our offer of admittance or cancel closer to the time of camp, we'll open those spots to waitlisted applicants according to their number on the waiting list.

If I’m not accepted when do I get my deposit back?

If you would like to remain on the waiting list we will keep your deposit until May 1, when we will refund all deposits to people still on the waitlist. If you are sure you do not want to attend camp please send us an email and we will remove you from the waiting list and refund your deposit before May 1. 

I only want to attend camp if I can go with my friend/family/teacher. How do I make sure we all get accepted together?

Our new application makes it very simple for groups to apply together under one primary applicant. If you are part of a group you must apply all together on a single application to ensure attending together. 

I am applying for a merit scholarship. Do I still have to apply for the lottery?

Not YET. Merit scholars will go through a separate application process through our anonymous scholarship committee. Find that application here. We will notify scholarship applicants before February 22nd. If you are not selected by the Committee, you will have a few days to apply for work/trade or a full-pay spot at camp if you choose to do so.