Student Songwriting Contest

Sounds of the Hoosier State

The Arts and Humanities Council wants IU students to put their hearts and minds into song. As part of the Spring 2020 Indiana Remixed festival, we are seeking new songs in any genre about the state, its people, and their experiences.

A committee of faculty, staff, and students will listen to all of the entries and select up to three (3) finalists. The committee will assess the songs based on their melody, composition, originality, and lyrics (if applicable).

Finalists will receive the opportunity to record, mix, and master their submitted song at Russian Recording, perform the song at the April First Thursdays Festival, and appear on Tiny Dorm Concert series.

(Pictured above:  Royalty - Prince Tribute Band perform at the September 2019 First Thursday Festival.)

Contest Guidelines

Participation in the Indiana Remixed Student Songwriting Contest is free, easy, and open to all IU Bloomington students. The guidelines for participation are:

  • The participant must currently be an enrolled student at Indiana University Bloomington.
  • The song must relate to the state of Indiana in some way. It could reflect on life in the state, evoke imagery of the state's landscape, or address issues pertinent to the people of the state. 
  • The song must be an original work of the awardee. (Due to copyright laws, we cannot grant awards to songs that include another artist’s copyrighted music.)
  • The song may only have one principle writer. A song may credit multiple co-writers, but only one person can claim an award for a song.
  • The song may not contain violent or hateful language.
  • The participant must complete the entry form and submit a digital recording of the song.


Submissions are due by February 14, 2020. The Council will notify awardees by February 28, 2020.