Songwriting Contest Announced for 2024!

The Trombone Shorty Foundation is partnering for another year with again with George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts on their 2024 Art and Songwriting Contest! For both the art and songwriting competition, they’ve asked students to explore the theme through an original work of art or song. Students may use the images and contest description as inspiration in creating their work, or can interpret the theme in their own unique way. All high school juniors and seniors in the state of Louisiana are eligible to apply. 

A panel of celebrity judges will select 3 songwriting finalists to share $6,000 in college scholarships. Following the Scholarship Awards Luncheon (March 23rd 2024 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel), the 1st Place winner will have the opportunity to perform their song on stage during our fundraising event “Shorty Fest” in the spring of 2024.

2024 Art & Songwriting Contest Theme – Hidden Stories: Unveiling Louisiana’s Untold Narratives Through Art & Song

This year they’ve asked high school student artists and songwriters to uncover and explore lesser-known stories, figures, or aspects of Louisiana’s history and culture. They can delve into the hidden narratives, unsung heroes, or marginalized communities that have shaped the state’s identity.

Rodrigue Foundation encourages students to research and depict stories related to civil rights movements, indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ history, women’s contributions, or lesser-known cultural traditions within Louisiana. They can use their artwork to shed light on these narratives, challenge stereotypes, or highlight the importance of inclusivity and representation. Visit their website for more details, the criteria and how to enter, and listen to last year’s songwriting finalists’ entries!