Published: March 12, 2019
All students are welcome to submit original material by April 8, 2019.

The University Libraries are excited to share their ongoing development of LibCast,  a new podcast sharing the stories from the Libraries. LibCast producers want a simple and upbeat music theme to tie each episode together, and would prefer the music be an original composition by a CU Boulder student.

All CU Boulder students are invited to submit original written and recorded music to the LibCast Composition Contest by April 8, 2019. One selected composer will receive a $100 Visa gift card and be recognized on the podcast

Podcast music helps establishes an overarching tone for a show. Sound adds punctuation to pivotal parts of an episode, supports transitions from scene-to-scene, and serves as a trademark for readers to remember and return to.

Theme music for LibCast should be happy and upbeat, keeping University Libraries’ mood, atmosphere, and mission in mind. Producers are looking for music that does not draw too much attention to itself. Rather, the music could complement the podcast narrator’s voice.

As Jordan Kisner put it in the Pitchfork’s article, The Secrets of Successful Podcast Music, podcast music's function is to “create a space for the human voice, and for the silence of a voice that’s stopped speaking.”

Think welcoming, scholarly, and supportive.

In order for your work to be considered, compositions must fall between one and three minutes in duration. Applicants must be current CU Boulder undergraduate or graduate students. All work must be original and not copyrighted in any way.

Apply Now Questions? Contact the Libraries Communications Manager, Deirdre O. Keating.