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CEMB Songwriting

Admission to the Songwriting Major in the

Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

Applicants for admission to the Songwriting major must first complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission. They are then required to submit a portfolio of their compositions to be considered for admission to the Songwriting major. An email with details regarding the admission and portfolio process as well as portfolio deadlines will be sent to an applicant upon submission of the Application for Undergraduate Admission.

Portfolios will be reviewed four times annually and must be completed by 11:59pm (CST) on November 1st, January 15th, March 15th or May 1st for consideration. The Songwriting portfolio will be reviewed once the applicant’s admissions file is complete in the Office of Admissions. Portfolios will be reviewed by the Songwriting Steering Committee and approved by the Songwriting Program Chair. Songwriting applicants will be notified of an admissions decision into the program within four weeks of the respective portfolio deadline providing the University has made a general admission decision into Belmont.

Please click here to submit your portfolio.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should each song be?

Each song should be between two and four minutes.

Can songs be any genre of music?

We welcome a variety of commercial genres (rock, country, pop, contemporary Christian, etc.)

Should the song genres vary?

Applicants will want to demonstrate the breadth and variety of their skills in the songs they submit. Genres, tempo, and other elements may vary in your submissions.    

Can I submit a song that I co-wrote with someone else?

No.  Songs must be written by the applicant alone.  No co-written pieces should be submitted.

Do I have to perform the songs I wrote?

No.  Applicants may have someone else perform the songs submitted for the portfolio.  If the song is performed by someone other than you, indicate the name of the performer(s) in the box where you wrote the title.

Do the songs have to have lyrics or can they be instrumental?

The songwriting discipline involves putting words to music.  For that reason, songs submitted by applicants must contain both lyrics and music.  Students interested in writing only words might consider an English major.  Students interested in writing only music might consider a music major.

Will I receive feedback on my work, regardless of whether I am accepted into the program or not?

The Songwriting portfolio is designed to evaluate songwriting ability only as it is related to the requirements and expectations of the Songwriting program at Belmont.   It is not designed to be evaluative of your overall strengths as a songwriter nor to provide you feedback.  Although many good songwriters will apply, we are limited in enrollment and able to admit only those students who are the best fit for our program.