Port Townsend Acoustic Blues workshop FAQ

PORT TOWNSEND ACOUSTIC BLUES – July 31 – August 6, 2023

Daily classroom instruction in traditional acoustic blues, performance, history, songs, and styles as well as technical skills and how to play well with others. Afternoons include discussions on relative topics and evenings present faculty concerts celebrating various regional styles, both traditional and moving the genre forward. Jamming happens between everything else, sometimes replacing sleep.

TUITION: In-Person Attendance, $620. – Youth & Scholarship Rate $520. – Gospel Choir $175. – Online $120.

SCHOLARSHIPS / WORK-TRADE: Scholarships are available for those who are not able to afford the full tuition. If the full tuition will be a significant financial burden to you, please select the scholarship/work-trade registration type.

Work-trade positions are worth money off tuition. Most are valued at $50 a session.

HOUSING: On campus you can stay in private dorm rooms in Buildings 203 and 225 with shared bathrooms. Linens will be provided you bring your own toiletries. Layered clothing is strongly recommended, the climate in Port Townsend can be hot and cold. Meals will be in the Fort Worden Commons. There will be late night jamming in building 204 and jamming in dorm 203. Dorm 225 will remain quiet, so folks can rest anytime.

ROOM & BOARD: For in-person participants we can provide a private room and meal plan for $680. Choose between Quiet or Jam room.

MEALS ONLY: Starting with Monday July 31 dinner, three meals daily through Sunday August 6, breakfast – $340

SHUTTLE (Sea/Tac – Port Townsend):

  • Monday July 31 shuttle departs Sea/Tac at 2:PM Pacific Time
  • Sunday August 6 shuttle departs Port Townsend at 9:00AM Pacific Time

NOTE: Book arriving flights arriving at Sea/Tac Monday July 31 no later than 1:00PM Pacific Time. Departing flights on Sunday August 6, should be no earlier than noon Pacific Time. Sea/Tac is two hours from Port Townsend, on a good day. Round Trip Shuttle $120 / One-way Shuttle $60



REFUND POLICY: A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your space and goes toward your tuition. non-refundable deposit for Youth and Scholarship rates is $50

Full payment is due by June 1, 2022. Your deposit is non-refundable but your remainder payment is fully refundable until that date. There are no refunds after June 1, 2022.

UNDER- 18: Centrum encourages young blues musicians to attend the workshop. Blues participants under 18 years old will be required to review a Centrum Student Contract and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If staying in the dorm, parent or guardian must also stay in dorm.

Please contact program manager Mary Hilts at mhilts@centrum.org or (360)385-3102 x116