Songwriting Exhibition 2018


Everyone is a music maker!

This spring, we want to celebrate our kids’ passion and creativity by letting their voices be heard! We’re calling on all of you to submit this year’s student and teacher originals and create recordings that will be cherished and shared for years to come. We also have an awesome array of prizes to give away!


Any and all songs are welcome! There are eight optional submission categories to help guide you and your students. All entries must be submitted by May 1, 2018!

Click any button below to get all the information you need to start the rockin’! Questions? Email [email protected].

Songwriting Resources


Songwriting Resources for Teachers

Songwriting Resources for Students

Recording and Sampling

Music Will (formerly known as Little Kids Rock) teachers can get 40% off a subscription to Soundtrap for Education, a tool for students and teachers that is great for producing music. Check out the instructions below on how to get this discount by clicking here.
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How to Submit


To be considered for prizes, compositions must be received by May 1, 2018. Songs not submitted through the online form will not be considered.

Each song must be submitted separately via the online form and contain the following:

  • Song Audio File – attached to the submission form as an MP3 OR you can paste a Soundcloud link (instructions here).
  • Songwriting Exhibition Release Form for each student participating (download release form)



To be considered for prizes, please follow these guidelines:

  • Songs must be at least 00:45 long
  • Each student is limited to three submissions
  • Teachers can accompany students but must make note on the entry form
  • Students may work collaboratively on songs but each will need to fill out their own Songwriting Exhibition Release.
  • Each song may be entered into only one category.

    Prizes and Awards

    Every child who participates will receive a special “Music Maker” pin and certificate of achievement. One lucky submitting teacher will win a $300 travel stipend to Modern Band Summit 2018!

    One (1) song from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) per category will receive grand prizes.

    8 Categories to submit to this year:

    1. General Submission – Songs outside the below categories
    2. Relationship Song – Songs from the heart about friendship, love, family or pets.
    3. Instrumental and Soloing – No words! just let the instrument do the talkin’ or take a rockin’ solo on any instrument. Download and record over any of the backing tracks on this page!
    4. Rap/Hip Hop – Spit rhymes over these provided tracks or create your own.
    5. Hobby or Interest or Theme Song – Write a song about what you like/things you like to do or create a theme song for any of those things!
    6. Electronic – All of the song’s parts created on a computer or tablet!
    7. Rewrite – Rewrite the lyrics over the chords of your favorite song!
    8. Teachers Only!* – Songs by Music Will (formerly known as Little Kids Rock) teachers (One recipient will receive a $100 Sweetwater gift card for their classroom)

    Grand prize recipients can choose from the following:epiphone pack

    • An electric guitar with amplifier, ukulele, keyboard with stand, or an acoustic guitar (full or ¾ size).
    • If the song has more than one writer the max prize is two acoustic guitars OR 3 ukuleles per song.

    Metadata Displayer Example

    Little Kids Rock logo

    Media Release Waiver 

    (Autorización Para Realizar Fotografías Filmaciones o Grabaciones)

    Of photo / statements / correspondence of

    I understand that Little Kids Rock (“LKR”), a national nonprofit music education organization, promotes its programs
    through its websites (including, but not limited to,, social media channels, brochures, newsletters,
    annual reports, press releases, and other media and communication channels and formats (collectively, “LKR Media”).

    For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which I hereby acknowledge, I agree as follows:
    • Whether I am a presenter, student, registrant, attendee, panelist, or any other participant of any kind, or parent or legal guardian of such participant (“Participant”), in an LKR conference, class, or any other event or gathering, or in a promotional or other program sponsored or conducted by LKR (“LKR Event”), whether such LKR Event is in person or so-called “virtual” (by way of example only, Zoom conferences, Facebook or Google digital meetings, WebEx, Instagram, etc.), I hereby grant permission for me (and, if applicable, my minor child) to be interviewed, photographed, filmed or otherwise have my (our) name(s), image(s) and/or voice(s) recorded by all audiovisual or audio-only means, now known or hereafter devised (collectively, “LKR Event Recordings”), at or in connection with the LKR Event, by LKR, its affiliates, assigns, licensees or designees, for use by any news or media organization or entity, or for any promotional purpose that the directors of LKR deem appropriate in connection with LKR and its programs.
    • I hereby grant to LKR and its licensees, assignees, designees, affiliates, and partners the perpetual and irrevocable right to use my (or my minor child’s) name(s), image(s), likeness(es), voice(s), musical performances, musical compositions, recordings, presentations, and/or words, as embodied in LKR Event Recordings or any material submitted by me or my designee to LKR in connection with an LKR Event (collectively, the “Materials”) in any and all LKR Media, now known or hereafter devised, without notice or payment or any other compensation of any kind.
    • I understand and agree that the Materials will be deemed irrevocably and perpetually licensed to LKR by this Media Release Waiver. In addition, I waive (to the fullest extent possible) the right to inspect or approve the use of any finished product that includes the Materials, including, but not limited to, written or electronic copy.
    • I hereby irrevocably authorize LKR to edit, alter, adapt, copy, exhibit, publish or distribute any Materials for purposes of providing educational resources to teachers, students and families, furthering LKR’s mission, publicizing LKR’s programs or LKR itself, for any other lawful purpose. Consequently, I (and minor child, if applicable) forever waive (to the fullest extent possible) so-called “droit morale” or “moral rights” of authors.
    • I hereby indemnify, hold harmless, release, and forever discharge LKR and its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, licensees, and partners, and their respective officers, directors, and employees, from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I (and my minor child), my/our heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my/our behalf or on behalf of my/our estate have or may have by reason of this authorization or LKR’s use of the Materials.
    De fotografías / declaraciones/ correspondencia de:

    Por la presente yo consiento y acuerdo que Little Kids Rock (“LKR”), una organización de educación musical sin fines de lucro, promueve su programa en sus páginas de web, (inclusive. entre otros, de, medios sociales, folletos, boletines, reportes anuales, boletines de prensa y otros canales de media y comunicación y formatos (denominados de forma colectiva, los “Medios de Comunicación de LKR”). En consideración de ello, cuyo recibo y entendimiento aquí constato, estoy de acuerdo con lo siguiente:


        Si soy un presentador, estudiante, registrante, asistente, panelista o cualquier otro participante de cualquier tipo, o padre o tutor legal de dicho participante (“Participante”), en una conferencia, clase, o otra reunión de LKR, o en un programa promocional o de otro tipo patrocinado o realizado por LKR (“Evento de LKR”), si tal Evento de LKR es en persona o apodado “virtual” (por ejemplo solamente, conferencias por Zoom, Facebook or reuniones digitales por Google, WebEx, Instagram, etc.), por la presente yo doy mi consentimiento para que yo / mi hijo o hija  sea entrevistado, fotografiado o filmado y para que mi / su nombre, imagen, y/o voz grabada (denominados de forma colectiva, los “Grabaciones de Evento de LKR”), en o en conexión con el Evento de LKR, por LKR, sea utilizada por cualquier organización de medios o de comunicación de noticias o sea utilizada para usos promocionales que los directores de LKR consideren apropiada.

        Por la presente otorgo a LKR, así como a sus licenciatarios, cesionarios, y socios, el derecho perpetuo y irrevocable para utilizar mi (o de mi hijo o hija menor) nombre(s), imagen(es), retrato(s), voz(es), actuaciones musicales, composiciones musicales, grabaciones, presentaciones y/o declaraciones, como de incorporan en Grabaciones de Evento de LKR o cualquier material presentado por mi o mi designado a LKR en conexión con un Evento de LKR (denominados de forma colectiva, los “Materiales”) en todas y cada Medios de Comunicación de LKR, actualmente conocido o que se cree en el futuro, sin notificación o ningún tipo indemnización ni remuneración.

        Comprendo y acepto que, por el presente Autorización, se considerará que los Materiales sean licenciadas de manera irrevocable y perpetua a LKR. Asimismo, en mi nombre y/o en nombre de mi hijo o hija, renuncio (en la mayor medida posible) al derecho a revisar o aprobar el uso de cualquier producto final que incluyan los Materiales, inclusive, entre otros, versiones electrónicas o por escrito.

        Por la presente, autorizo de forma irrevocable a LKR para que edite, altere, adapte, copie, exhiba, publique o distribuya cualquier Material con la finalidad de divulgar los programas de LKR o con cualquier otra finalidad legítima. En consecuencia, en mi nombre y/o en nombre de mi hijo o hija, renuncio para siempre (en la mayor medida posible) al denominado “droit morale” o “derechos morales” de los autores.

        Por la presente eximo y exonero para siempre a LKR y a sus licenciatarios y socios, así como a sus respectivos responsables, directores y empleados, ante cualquier demanda, reclamación y acción judicial que yo y/o mi hijo o hija, mis herederos, representantes, albaceas, administradores o cualquier otra persona que actúe en mi nombre o en nuestro nombre, o en nombre de mi patrimonio, haya realizado o pueda realizar en virtud de la presente autorización o del uso de los Materiales por parte de LKR.