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Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters

Shirley Martin Scholarship

For Young Songwriters

Official Rules, Mission & Application

Revised January 2019

 Administered by
The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI)



The Shirley Martin Scholarship shall be administered annually to a young adult who is actively 
seeking to advance his or her skills in the craft of songwriting. It is the objective of this scholarship
to encourage, support and foster growth in all applicants.


  1. Candidate must be a resident of one of the following counties to apply: Benton, Carroll, Cass, 
    Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, 
    Warren, and White.
  2. Candidate must be age 14 to 19 at the time of application.
  3. Candidate must be a permanent resident of the state of Indiana.


  1. Applicants will be judged on songwriting abilities, not performance capabilities. Judging will 
    focus on song components including melody, chord structure, rhythm and lyrics.
  2. If the applicant so chooses, it is acceptable for the writer to have someone else perform his or 
    her song on the demo recording.


Applicants must provide the following materials and entries MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER 
than 4:30 PM on April 10, 2019 Entries received after this time may not be considered. 
  1. A completed application. (See online application or Attachment A)
  2. A brief written statement explaining how receiving the scholarship would assist the songwriter 
    in pursuing their passion for songwriting.
  3. An audio recording of one original song (written solely by applicant) with corresponding lyric 
    sheet(s).  Although demo recordings do not have to be professional, they do have to be clear 
    and concise.  Songs can be submitted in formats including CD or MP3.  Corresponding lyric 
    sheets must be submitted electronically via the online application or e-mail attachment (text file, 
    word document, or PDF) to  Song recordings in MP3 format may 
    be sent via e-mail attachment to, but other written materials must 
    still be mailed to TAF by deadline.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a sponsor (examples: teacher, coach, pastor or music 
    professional) may be emailed to or delivered to TAF by deadline.


  1. Copyright of entry remains the property of the scholarship applicant, but physical scholarship 
    application materials (CD's, cassettes, copies of lyrics and essays) will become the property of 
    the scholarship judging committee unless the applicant arranges to pick up materials by 
    May 1, 2019
  2. Candidates should not submit their only copy of a recording.
  3. The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana is not responsible for damaged or lost entries.
  4. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply legible applications and lyric sheets.
  5. All music and lyrics must be the original work of a single writer.  Songs written by more than 
    one author will not be eligible for consideration.
  6. It is not necessary for applicants to formally copyright songs prior to submission. US copyright 
    laws protect applicant's songs regardless of formal copyright registration. If applicants would 
    feel more comfortable undergoing formal copyright registration, they are encouraged to do so.
  7. Applicants must not infringe upon any existing copyrights or the rights of a third party.
  8. The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana, in conjunction with the Shirley Martin 
    Scholarship, reserves the right to modify rules, regulations and recipient entitlements as 


  1. The scholarship winner shall receive a $500 cash award to be applied towards the winner’s 
    education, musical instrument or other songwriting endeavor.
  2. Additional cash prizes may be awarded based on merit.


  1. The scholarship board of directors and/or their designees will be responsible for choosing the 
  2. Winners will be announced on or about the last week of April
  3. The scholarship will be distributed at the awards ceremony to be held on April 30th.  
    The winners must be present at this ceremony.
  4. Top candidates will be invited to perform at the awards ceremony.
  5. Other participants may be invited to perform.

STOP!  Make sure your completed submission includes:

□  A completed application form. (See online application or Attachment A)
□  A brief written statement explaining how receiving the scholarship would assist applicant 
in pursuing their passion for songwriting.
□  An audio recording with corresponding lyric sheet(s).
□  A letter of recommendation.


           Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Attn: Shirley Martin Scholarship
638 North St.
Lafayette, IN 47901
or contact SAMI at or
e-mail the Scholarship Coordinator, Justice Fuller at:
Or the SAMI Secretary, Cheryl Fletcher, at:

 Attachment A (application) -- Click here for Online Application

Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Application

Name: _____________________________________________________Age____________
              (First)                         (Middle Initial)           (Last)

Address: __________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________ State: Indiana Zip Code: ___________________

How long have you been a resident of Indiana? ______County of residence?_______________

Last school and grade attended? ________________________________________________

Phone 1: ( _____)_______________________ Phone 2: ( _____)_____________________

Birth Date: __________________ E-Mail Address: _________________________________

How did you learn of the scholarship? ____________________________________________

If applicant is less than 18 years of age, then a legal guardian must provide a signature of approval:

(Guardian Signature)                                                  (Guardian’s relationship to applicant)   

The applicant must complete all of the elements of the form in conjunction with fulfilling the requirements defined in 
SECTION 3 of the scholarship charter. By signing below the applicant testifies that all of the information provided is 
factual to the best of his or her knowledge. The applicant affirms that their submitted songs are original and that the 
application is complete. The applicant realizes that failure to provide a complete and accurate application would result 
in disqualification. SAMI reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who violates the rules and regulations as described 
in the scholarship charter.

Applicant signature: X_______________________ Date: __________

Completed applications that are mailed:
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Attn: Shirley Martin Scholarship
638 North Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Previous First Place Winners:
2018--Jay Thoennes
2017 -- Summer Belt
2016 -- Tori Rosa
2015 -- Kelsey Patton
2014 -- Miguel Odron
2013 -- Hunter Taylor
2012 -- Briagha McTavish
2011 -- Christina Shipley
2010 -- Adriana Hudson
2009 -- Skyelar Huston
2008 -- Amanda Fletcher
2007 -- David Stanton
2006 -- Steven Arthur
2005 -- Christine Anthrop
2004 -- Adam Guymon
2003 -- Bethany Jones
2002 -- Annie Hatke
2001 -- Michael Foland