A Student Musician & Filmmaker Contest

Mic Drop Is On Hold!

Due to the uncertainties of the current pandemic, and the possible limitations on travel over the coming months, we feel it is prudent to put a hold on the Mic Drop competition. Any current submissions received as of April 1st, 2020 (even if applicants exceed the age range when the contest is re-started), will continue to be allowed in competition. No new applicants will be accepted after April 1, 2020 until the competition is re-announced as open. 

We are sorry for this delay. Keep an eye on this page for more information. We hope to launch the contest once again in the coming months.

For High School Musicians

If you’re a musician or band writing original music, this contest is for you!

We’re looking for you, your original song, and the music video concept to go with it. Winner will be flown to Los Angeles to record their music and appear in their very own music video!

For Filmmakers

If you are in a Southern California-based filmmaker, this contest is for you!

Send us some of your work, and a writeup of why you are studying film, and you could be given the resources and mentorship to produce a music video!

Presented by


Driven by

For Musicians/Bands

-two flights for you, your band and a parent/guardian to Los Angeles. One for the recording session and one for video shoot!

-Record your song in a professional recording studio.

-Meet mentors like Steve Vai and many more as they give you tips and advice on your music!

-Get a professional music video to jump start your career!

For Filmmakers

-Direct a music video for a great young artist or band.

-Get free access to tools from Blackmagic Design, Sigma, and more.

-Meet great mentors, make connections, get great advice.

-Get a professional music video to jump start your career!

A special thanks to our amazing sponsors...


Color session for music video

Flight assistance for musicians

Lens support for filmmakers


Professional music recording

Our Mentors

Brandon Dermer


Instagram: @brandondermer

Website: BrandonDermer.com

Steve Vai


Instagram: @stevevaihimself

Website: Vai.com

Santiago Salviche


Instagram: @santiagosalviche

Website: santiagosalviche.com

Judd Overton


Instagram: juddovertondp

Website: JuddOverton.com

Joseph Larkin

Creative Producer | KURSZA

Instagram: @thejoelarkin

Website: KURSZA.com

More mentors being added! Check back to see them all!

Rules & Entry Material

Our Rules

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*You must acknowledge you read all pages in your application!

Musician/Band Entry Form

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Filmmaker Entry Form

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Questions? Submissons?

If you are ready to submit, use this email, or the form below. Make sure to attach your song file, signed application, and a link to your song description video in the body of the email!

And if you just have a question, let us know here, too!

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