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. Be on the lookout for additional details and deadlines at the start of the fall 2019 semester.

Your Mission

Develop a one-minute (or less) personal finance themed music video


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


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


Well, 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 last year’s winners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkOC4j7SDSY - 1st place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MpIuZgsIF8&feature=youtu.be – 2nd place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YHnDidkC4A -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

  • Register your music video team at https://surveybuilder.com/s/nVT6a.

  • You will be asked for:

    • Team Name (Individual or Group Team)

    • School/Organization/After School Group/Club etc.

    • First and Last Names of all Team Members

    • Teacher/Group Sponsor Name

    • Teacher/Group Sponsor Email and Phone Number

  • Upload video by posting to twitter or Facebook with #tnjsmusicvideo or submit the video using this link: http://woobox.com/9hw8k2

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

  • Prior to video upload, teacher/group sponsor must email to Tennessee Jump$tart (jumpstarttn@gmail.com) the signed contestant release forms (one per student) found on the last page of this document (parent/guardian signatures are required). Release forms are required for all team members.

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

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


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

  • Eligible students may be enrolled in public, private, charter, or home school; 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

  • TBD (Fall 2019)

Voting Period

Notification and Finalists

  • Finalists will be notified by TBD (Winter 2020)

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

  • Judges will select the winners from the top ten finalists

Judging Considerations

  • Number of “likes” received

  • Content (personal finance subject matter)

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

  • Delivery (how your message is conveyed)

Winners Will Receive

  • TBA


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 Educators and Group Leaders

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

Learning through song...

  • 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