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Admission to the Songwriting Major in the

Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business


All applicants must submit a short video portfolio explaining why you would like to be a part of the Belmont Songwriting community and displaying two original songs. Video should be no longer than seven (7) minutes.

Acceptable talking points include:

  • Why you chose Belmont University and how you will benefit if accepted
  • Your personal goals and how Belmont Songwriting can help you accomplish them
  • Your musical influences and how long you have been writing songs
  • Why you are a strong candidate
  • Your long–term career goal(s) in the music industry


Once you've created your Video Portfolio, upload it to and submit the link to our steering committee via our online submission form. Lyrics to each song must be pasted in the Description box of your YouTube video for consideration. If you only wish to have Belmont University view your video, mark it as "Unlisted" when uploading to YouTube. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

DO NOT mark it "Private" as this will prevent the selection committee from seeing it and you will forfeit participation in the submission round.


Complete the online submission page in its entirety. Capture a video of yourself singing two of your original compositions. If someone else is accompanying you, you must make an on-camera introduction of each song and its instrumentalists and/or performers. All songs must be written solely by you. Valid submissions must be received no later than 11:59p.m. (CST) on the due date to be considered in that round. Portfolio due dates are: October 1, November 15, February 1, March 15, and July 1 (the latter date for transfer students only).

Click Here to Submit Your Portfolio


Songwriting Endowed Scholarships
One merit-based scholarship for a freshman student in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business majoring in Songwriting and meeting the general academic merit scholarship criteria. These awards can be combined with a general academic merit scholarship. Applicants must submit their Songwriting portfolio by the February 1st deadline in order to be considered. Scholarship is $10,000/year and will be based on both merit and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long should my video portfolio be?
  • What should my video portfolio include?
  • How can I customize my video portfolio to fit the seven (7) minute requirement?
  • What are some acceptable talking points for my video introduction?
  • What if I don’t want others to see my YouTube video audition?
  • Can songs be any genre of music?
  • Can I submit a song that I co-wrote with someone else?
  • Do I have to perform the songs I wrote?
  • Do the songs have to have lyrics or can they be instrumental?
  • What if I don’t play a traditional instrument and/or I primarily consider myself a lyricist?
  • Will I receive feedback on my work, regardless of whether I am accepted into the program or not?
  • When/how will I find out whether I’ve been admitted into the program?