Submit Your Song

This song competition is part of our 2018 Music Supervisor Program

This program has placed hundreds of songs in television shows, promos, films, commercials etc. including Nike and Häagen-Dazs.



Grand Prize Winner

  • Two All – Access Festival Pass
  • Two passes to industry only events, “The Upload” and “The Download” where you will hear directly from the music supervisors what they are looking for and then have the opportunity to pitch your music.
  • Winning song pitched at festival to music supervisors in attendance (past attendees have included: (Disney, CBS, Format, ESPN, MobScene, Wool & Tusk, EA)
  • Opportunity for live performance of your song recorded by YouTube and showcased on their Nashville Sessions Music Chanel
  • Song catalog consultation with Secret Road Music Services


Second and Third Place Winners

  • One All – Access Festival Pass
  • Winning song pitched at festival to music supervisors in attendance (past companies have included: Disney, CBS, Format, ESPN, MobScene, Wool & Tusk, EA)
  • One pass to Private Invite-Only Industry Panel: “The Download” – hear what the music supervisors are looking for right now!


Top 5 Scoring Songs

  • One All – Access Festival Pass
  • One pass to Private Invite-Only Industry Panel: “The Download” – hear what the music supervisors are looking for right now!





2017 Music Supervisors:  TBA

2016 Music Supervisors included:

 Brian Naguit  (CBS)

Julia Michels  (Format)

Anastasia Brown (Format)

Kevin Wilson (ESPN)

Toddrick Spalding (Mob Scene)

Mike Ladman (McCann Ericson)

Kat Welch (Lussier)

Nick Keenan (Leo Burnett)

Daniel Kuypers  (BBDO)

Aaron Mercer (Wool & Tusk)

Steve Schnur (EA Games)

Kaylin Frank (VP Disney – Music)

Joe DeBeasi (Dirty Dancing, Sicario, American Sniper)


Successful songs normally share at least one of the following traits: 

Building, Driving, Up-Tempo, Cinematic, Dynamic, Anthemic


2017 Competition Jurors: TBA



Timbaland (Music Producer)

Super-producer Timbaland has stamped his indelible imprint on the music scene since the mid-1990s.  His production has helped create career-defining hits for artists such as Jodeci, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, Destiny’s Child, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, among many others.  Respected beyond the genres of urban and hip hop music, Timbaland, whose musical influences cross cultural lines, has also been sought by diverse superstars whose music similarly knows no boundaries, from pop star Justin Timberlake to avant-singer Bjork.  Released April 3, 2007 is his second solo album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Blackground/Interscope/Mosley Music Group). That disc follows his producing of the majority of the tracks, including the #1 “SexyBack,” on Timberlake’s #1 charting, multiplatinumFutureSex/LoveSounds, which followed their work together on Timberlake’s previous smash, Justified.

Born Timothy Z. Mosley in Norfolk, Virginia on March 10, 1972, Timbaland, so named by Jodeci member Devante Swing after the Timberland boot, has had many reincarnations–from disc jockey DJ Tiny Tim to half of the hip hop group Timbaland & Magoo; from membership in Devante Swing’s Swing Mob crew known as Da Bassment to S.B.I. (Surrounded By Idiots), a production ensemble including Pharrell Williams, to being CEO of his own label, Mosley Music Group.

Ginuwine’s hit single “Pony” and debut LP Ginuwine…the Bachelor, produced by Timbaland, introduced a unique rhythmic style that defined the new wave of music in the ‘90s–R&B and hip hop mixed with an eclectic smorgasbord of effects held together by complex syncopated snare beats. At the same time, his partnership with high school friend Missy Elliott blossomed into a pairing that delivered Aaliyah’s double platinum One In A Million and they became one of music’s most successful production/songwriting teams.  Naturally, Elliott looked to Timbaland to also define her as an artist and their work together, tracks such as “The Rain,” propelled Elliott to major stardom and critical acclaim.

Timbaland’s trademark sound has spawned numerous imitators—yet he has always remained the acknowledged originator. Not surprisingly given his talents, he started a new label in partnership with Interscope even as he delivered another three albums for Elliott, including 2005’s The Cookbook.  He also launched Tweet, who debuted withSouthern Hummingbird, and produced Lil’ Kim’s “The Jump Off.”  The Game relied on Tim for “Steer” and “Put You On The Game.”

Along the way he built an impressive 5,000 square foot studio in Virginia Beach where he does most of his production, and he regularly travels between that location, his Miami residence and the West Coast. In 2006 he founded a new label, again at Interscope, appropriately called Mosely Music Group (MMG). Open to all types of artists, MMG debuted with a bang: Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous” featuring Timbaland, which hit #1, as did her album, Loose.

Timbaland’s genre breaking has changed popular music today, and he takes pride in his success at staying ahead of the curve with his originality and experimentation. Confident and charismatic, his goal is still to blow the listener’s mind and make them move to the beat.  On the personal side, this artist/producer is an avid bodybuilder committed to a strict diet and training regimen, and as serious about working out as he is about his time in the studio.

“You can accomplish anything you put your mind to if you stay persistent and disciplined,” explains the driven and dedicated Timbaland, an innovator of sound who continues to set popular tastes while adventurously expanding his musical palette.


Dawn Soler (SVP of TV Music at ABC Studios)

Dawn Solér is Senior Vice President, TV Music, at ABC Studios where she is responsible for all music at ABC Studios and oversees the music content for shows such as “Nashville,” “Blackish’” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal” and “Quantico.” She worked closely with composer Alan Menken and executive producer Dan Fogelman as the music supervisor on the musical series, “Galavant.” She is founder of the ABC Music Lounge and has produced the on-air music specials, “Nashville: On The Record I, II and III.”

Before ABC, Ms. Solér had her own company, Working Music, where she created several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including “Now And Then,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Don Juan De Marco,” which garnered both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.

Other projects she completed include “Being John Malkovich,” “Princess Diaries I & II,” “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Disney’s “Enchanted,” which garnered three Academy Award and one Grammy nominations, before making her leap from features to television.

In 2015, Ms. Solér was on Billboard’s list of TV’s Top Music Power Players as well as on their Women in Music list (2015 & 2010). Also in 2015, she was honored in Variety’s Women in Power issue, and was on Imagen’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos list. In 2014, ABC’s music department was named Best Music Department by the Music Supervisor’s Guild.

Ms. Solér writes a blog about empowerment on her The 40 Plus Girl site, is completing a book “The Be A Girl Principals” with her partner Anastasia Brown, and also does speaking engagements on the subject.


Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive and President of Music for EA Games)

Steve Schnur is Worldwide Executive and President of Music for Electronic Arts (EA), the largest video game producer in the world, and home to titles Madden NFL, FIFA, Battlefield and The Sims. A longtime veteran of the music industry, Schnur held executive positions with labels Arista, Elektra, Chrysalis and Capitol before moving to EA to become a leader in creating synergies between the video gaming and music worlds. Through Schnur, EA partners with major and independent labels and publishers to create opportunities to feature music in-game to enhance the gaming experience.

Song Competition Deadlines and Fees

EarlybirdJuly 28, 2017$15
RegularSeptember 29, 2017$20
LateDecember 1, 2017$25
ExtendedJanuary 12, 2018$30


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