Summersong Music Camp is Australia’s premier adult music holiday camp that has been held every January in northern NSW Australia for over 20 years.
It is designed for music makers & music lovers of all levels, from mature teen, upwards. Summersong is the ultimate music holiday experience providing a deep sense of community and celebration, and is living proof of the joy and fulfillment that music brings. It has captured the hearts of thousands of creative souls and with each camp, it grows more interest and becomes more deeply treasured.
"People kept wanting to learn more about Kristina's great songs and experience Tony's amazing workshops"
For over 20 years Summersong Music Camp has offered a unique music retreat for creatives of all levels to learn and play music in a non-competitive, collaborative, supportive environment and in amazing locations. Camp is usually held around 5-6 nights and in holiday destinations on the NSW Coast. Dorm style accommodation and food is included in the one registration cost.
We pride ourselves on having a group of exceptionally talented teachers from a range of genres, eager to share their gifts. Visit the Teachers page to see our amazing faculty. In the evenings we gather for performance cafes, group jams, celebrations, ceremony and surprises. Welcoming ages 18 up for a stimulating yet relaxing music holiday where lifelong friends are made, celebration and performance are encouraged, and memories are born.
Summersong operates as a Social Enterprise model, which supports employment for musicians and workshop facilitators. It re-invests funds into each camp to assist to subsidise costs for Youth or disadvantaged.
With a mix of levels from total beginners to touring musicians, it creates a unique supportive environment. It’s not what you can do that counts; it’s how much you can stretch and take risks that seems to benefit all who attend.
It all started like this...
Summersong Music Camp was created in 1989 by Alison Pearl, who engaged faculty members, Tony Backhouse and Kristina Olsen as the first teachers. As a publicist, Alison organised workshops and concerts for them and other musicians. People kept wanting to learn more about Kristina's great songs and experience Tony's amazing workshops, so Alison modeled a workshops event on her happiest childhood memories of American summer camps. The recipe was perfect and Summersong Music Camp was born.
In 2020, Alison handed over the camp to Terri, who had been the media marketer, photographer, videographer, web developer, onsite assistant, co-worker and wing-woman for around 15 years so it was a natural transition. Summersong returned under Terri's management in 2023 (after the covid chaos) with a more intimate group experience, yet always maintaining the undeniable magic it has always had.