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What are the official rules?
  • Applicants have to be born in Texas or currently reside in Texas.  (Verification may be required)
  • Applicants have to be a minimum of age 18.  (Verification may be required)
  • Any genre of music is accepted.
  • Two MP3 songs may be uploaded per applicant.
  • A $25 processing fee is required.  Payable by credit or debit card.
  • Songs are scored by music industry professionals based on songwriting skill, talent and potential.
  • Songs can be co-written.
  • Self publishing is accepted
  • Uploaded songs may be sung by someone other than the applicant.
  • Previous winners are eligible to win again.


Do I have to attend a school within the state of Texas?

No. We are inviting songwriters around the state of Texas 18 years or older to participate.


What is the submission deadline?

The contest will close at 11:59pm, Sunday, September 11th, 2016.


What happens if I am chosen as a finalist?
  • 8 finalists will be chosen.
  • Finalists will be notified on September 26th, 2016.
  • All finalists will attend a 2 day songwriting workshop with Jack Ingram and friends.
  • There will be an opening practice session on Wednesday, October 26th 8pm at Geraldine’s @ Hotel Van Zandt
  • Dates of workshop: Thursday, October 27th – Friday, October 28th, 2016
  • All finalists shall come prepared with instrument, lyrics of submitted songs, and prepared to play those songs in the workshop
  • Only finalists can sit in the workshop. (No accompanists)
  • Workshop moderator:  Singer/Songwriter Jack Ingram
  • Workshop panelist and mentors:  Singer/Songwriter Jack Ingram and Songwriter Liz Rose
  • One accompanist is allowed to play with the finalists at the showcase. Accompanist travel expense is not covered by the TxSU.
  • Finalists will be responsible for their own transportation to Austin.  Finalists will be reimbursed for travel expense up to $200.
  • Receipts and/or mileage records will be required for reimbursement. No exceptions.
  • Out of town finalists will stay at: The Hotel Van Zandt
  • Hotel incidentals will need to be covered by the finalists.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the 27th and breakfast on the 28th will be covered by TxSU
  • Date of showcase: Thursday, October 27th, 2016
  • Location/Time of showcase:  The Saxon Pub, 8pm. 1320 Lamar Square Dr, Austin, TX 78704
  • Two family members can attend the showcase free of charge
What happens if I am chosen as the final winner?
  • A winner will be announced at the final seminar
  • The winner will be selected on the basis of the songs submitted at the initial screening.
  • The winner receives:
  1. Opening act for Jack Ingram at a concert or music festival of his choice, travel expenses paid.
  2. A recording studio demo session at Austin’s The Compound Studios, valued at $1,500
  3. Opportunity to co-write one song with Jack Ingram, and with Liz Rose
  4. Performance Opportunity at the 2017 MJM (Mack, Jack & McConaughey) AFTER-PICK PARTY