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Calling all Music Artists! I³R Leitmotif Competition

Monday, April 22, 2024

+ 8 dates

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Friday, April 26, 2024
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024
  • Monday, April 29, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Artists are invited to submit an original leitmotif until 11:59 p.m. on May 2 for a competition sponsored by the Integrative and Innovative Research, University of Arkansas' Department of Music, and Hill Records, a student-run record label and entertainment project.

A leitmotif is an associated melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, or situation. I³R is seeking at leitmotif to musically convey its mission and vision when played at events and other activities.

The leitmotif will be unveiled at the grand opening of the Institute’s new facility later this year.

The composer of the winning submission will receive a $1,000 cash award and the opportunity to perform the piece at the institute's grand opening celebration later this year.

Submissions will undergo a two-phase panel review. During the first panel review, compositions will be judged on technical merit. The second panel review will focus on the composition’s artistic merits, emotive qualities, creativity, and tone.

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Submission Criteria:

  • Instrumental Compositions only (No Vocals)
  • Composition must be 3-4 minutes in length and adaptable to 10-second, 30-second, and 1-minute versions.
  • Tone should be uplifting, catchy, forward-looking and reflect I³R's mission and vision.


Submission Requirements

  • Must be an original Composition
  • Artist must indicate if artificial intellegence was used in the creation of this piece.
  • Only one submission per artist.
  • Composition must be complete, i.e. CD distribution quality (no demos).
  • Recordings must be in .wav format.
  • The composer must be:
    • University of Arkansas student, faculty, staff, or alumna/us, or
    • Arkansas resident
  • Composer must be at least 18 years old.
  • The winning submission will be property of I³R and for sole use of the institute
  • The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on May 2.


Submission Process:

Please read and follow the instructions.

1.) If you do not already have a Box account, create a free "Individual" account. Recordings must be submitted as a Box link. Recordings submitted in any other form will not be accepted

2.) In Box, create a new folder titled "{Artist/Group Name} Hill Records Submission

3.) Upload your coposition as a .wav file into the folder. Make sure the file name is the title of the recording

4.) While in the folder, click the "Share" button in the top right. Toggle on "Create Shared Link"

5.) Under the link, click "Can view and download"; Change to "Can view only"

6.) Copy the shared link and paste in an email to

7.) Subject line must read: I³R Musical Composition

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