Tennessee Jump$tart

(615) 253-7459

Tennessee Jump$tart is a non-profit organization comprised of approximately 50 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Tennessee’s youth.

Personal Finance
Music Video Contest

for Tennessee Students in Grades K-12

Jump$tart will host its Financial Literacy Music Video Contest during the 2019-2020 school year! We’re changing things up with the winners receiving a special event hosted at their school in spring 2020.

Your Mission

Create an one-minute (or less) personal finance themed music video


Tennessee K-12 students in school classes/community groups/after school groups


To show off your personal finance knowledge and music creativity – you might become an internet sensation!


Read on for more details!


The Tennessee Jump$tart Personal Finance Music Video Contest is designed to give Tennessee students in grades K-12 the opportunity to use their creativity to share their personal finance knowledge through music. Contest entrants will record a music video in which they will share a personal finance focused message.  Click the links below to view 2018 winners.

http://youtu.be/qg8OhJJNZO8 – 1st place

http://youtu.be/A67Yt7oWEd4 – 2nd place

http://youtu.be/_uwF_lVnekQ – 3rd place



  • Create a song about personal finance

  • Record the song performance using your mobile device or other video recording system (essentially, create a music video)

  • Music video must be 1 minute or less in length

  • Individual or team videos allowed; team size is limited to 10 students

  • Up to 2 entries per student allowed (you can appear in up to 2 videos)

  • Prior to video upload, the teacher/group sponsor must email Tennessee Jump$tart (jumpstarttn@gmail.com) a signed contestant release form for each student on the video team (parent/guardian and teacher/sponsor signatures required) and one completed registration form for the video team. Release forms are required for all team members.

  • Upload video by posting to Twitter or Facebook using #tnjmusicvideo2020 or via this link: https://woobox.com/p7jy53

  • The person who is the “team captain” should be the name entered with the upload.


  • Contest is open to Tennessee students in grades K-12.

  • Eligible students may be enrolled in public, private, charter, or home schools; or involved in groups such as after school programs, community groups, etc.

  • Only individuals appearing in the video or involved in the development and production of the video are eligible for awards.

Submission Period

  • October 14, 2019 - January 17, 2020 (by 5:00 p.m. CST)

Voting Period

Notification and Finalists

  • Finalists will be notified by February 14, 2020.

  • The top ten videos with the most “likes” during the voting period will become finalists.

  • Judges may include up to two wildcards as finalists.

  • Judges will select the winners from the top ten finalists and the two wildcards.

Judging Considerations

  • Members of PFMV Committee will act as judges for the competition

  • Each judge will complete a scorecard

  • Number of “likes” received

  • Content (personal finance subject matter)

  • Creativity (visuals, sweet dance moves, etc.)

  • Delivery (how your message is conveyed)

  • Quality of video (picture, sound)

Winners Will Receive

  • A celebration will be held for the top three winners at their location the week of March 9, 2020 or a date convenient for the winning teams.  During the celebration the top five winning videos will be highlighted; awards and prizes will also be presented.

  • The top three teams will receive awards and prizes at the celebration event.

  • The top ten teachers/sponsors will receive a complimentary registration to attend the 2020 TN Jump$tart Personal Financial Education Conference in Gatlinburg.

  • Prizes will also be awarded to teachers/sponsors.


Disqualification may occur if:

  • A video is deemed to be lacking in content, utilizes profanity/other inappropriate language (verbal or non-verbal), and/or is submitted after the deadline

  • Other contest guidelines are not met

FAQ for Teachers/Sponsors

Why should I use music and song creation in the classroom?

  • Stimulates various learning styles

  • Utilizes student creativity

  • Builds classroom community

  • Requires content research

  • Engages students in collaborative learning

  • Utilizes project based learning

  • Provides opportunities for cross curricular collaboration

What song strategies are acceptable for the contest?

  • Original music/lyrics

  • Song parodies

  • Raps

  • Narratives accompanied by music

  • And more!

What content or topics should be covered in the songs? 

We are leaving the creativity up to the students, but they might consider some of the following song strategies:

  • Instructional or “how to”

  • Test prep or vocabulary

  • Classifying information

  • Literacy analysis

  • Biographical or historical

  • And more!

What are some songwriting resources?

The following are some ideas and resources for songwriting: 



2016 Videos