Music Entrepreneurship Competition

The UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition provides an opportunity to promote student engagement, entrepreneurial thinking, and innovative action. Students will prepare music business plans utilizing a variety of resources including online business-plan writing tutorials, existing entrepreneurship courses, competition workshops, and faculty mentorship. Over $19,000 in cash prizes will be distributed among the top competitors.

Our 2019 Music Entrepreneurship Competition will be held on April 13th and 14th. Our guest judges for the competition will be Tonya Butler, a seasoned veteran of the music industry and assistant chair of Music Business/Management at the Berklee College of Music, Michael Archer, owner of the Manhattan Innovation Lab, Debbie Brooks, a UNT alumn and owner of DFW Musician Services, and Jason Levi, founder of Rise8 Studios. The competition is open to all College of Music students. UNT students outside of the College of Music may be eligible to participate as long as they are working in partnership with a College of Music student.
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Prizes

Undergraduate track:
1st prize: $5,000
2nd prize: $2,500
3rd prize: $1,000

Graduate track:
1st prize: $5,000
2nd prize: $2,500
3rd prize: $1,000

*Thanks to the sponsorship of Sweetwater Sound Inc, there will be a $500 "Audience Choice Award” and a $500 "Honorable Mention Award". In addition, thanks to the sponsorship of Rise8 Studios, there will be a $1,000 award granted to the best music products business plan

Winners

2018

Graduate Track
  • Sus-4 Productions by Drew Sutherland (1st prize $5,000)
  • Collab Source by Johanna Stull (2nd prize $2,500)
  • Unique Studio by Matthew Fallesen (3rd prize $1,000)
Undergraduate Track
  • The Beginner's Guide to the Drum Set, by Ben Ehrlich (1st prize $5,000)
  • Velvet Fog by Stephanie Hansen (2nd prize $2,500)
  • FINKTank by Sarah Finkle (3rd prize $1,000)
Honorable Mentions:

2017

Graduate Track
Undergraduate Track
Honorable Mentions: