Colorado High School Music Competitions

The CU Denver College of Arts & Media is excited to announce the 2020 Colorado High School Music Competitions this fall in the following three categories:

Colorado High School Rap/Hip Hop Competition

Colorado High School Rock Band Competition

Colorado High School Singer/Songwriter Competition


The deadline for bands to apply is November 1st at midnight. The top video submissions in each category will be chosen to perform through Zoom before our acclaimed judges on Friday, November 13th from 6:00-9:00 pm. This event will also be live streamed. The top three in each category will receive prizes. 

Who is eligible?

All Colorado High School students. 


Why are we having this competition?

To celebrate music and all of the talented high school musicians in Colorado. As Covid limits performance opportunities during the pandemic, we hope that this competition will provide inspiration! The event will also help our CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department to identify and connect with potential future students. 


How to apply?

Just record a video of yourself or your band performing a song. Submit the video using the forms below by November 1st at midnight.



We're thrilled to have an incredible panel of judges that come from all parts of the music industry! Finalist will get to perform in front of the judges through Zoom on November 13th. Feedback from these incredible judges will be very valuable to the high school musicians!


Singer/Songwriter Judges

Megan Ellsworth  Denver based singer/songwriter. Member of Sister Neapolitan. Co-founder of the Songwriter Diaries Podcast.

Such  Denver based R&B singer/songwriter. International touring and chart ranking artist. 

Chloe Tang  Los Angeles based singer/songwriter. Managed by 3V Method and signed by Caroline, a subsidiary of Capital Records.

Caroline Stump  Licensing Administrator at Warner Music in Nashville. Co-founder of the Songwriter Diaries Podcast.

Owen Kortz  Faculty Director of the CU Denver Singer/Songwriter Program.

Rap/Hip Hop Judges

Jelie  Denver based hip hop artist. Recently produced a Ted Talk.

Caroline Stump  Licensing Administrator at Warner Music in Nashville. Co-founder of the Songwriter Diaries Podcast.

Elijah Lynch  Teaching artist at Youth On Record. Denver area artist, poet, and musician.

Rock Band Judges

Andy Guerrero Founding member of Flobots. CU Denver faculty member.

Annie Lawrence  Visual Media Licensing Coordinator at Warner Music in Los Angeles.

Luke Mossman  Guitarist for Denver band Nathaniel Ratliff and the Nights Sweats.

To be announced

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