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Project Jumpstart announces winners of first annual video competition and essay contest

May 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Project Jumpstart, the music entrepreneurship and career development initiative at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, announced two music entrepreneurship competitions during spring semester 2012.

The first annual Project Jumpstart Essay Contest and Video Competition were designed by the Project Jumpstart student team and were open to students at the Jacobs School enrolled during the 2012 spring semester.

Video Competition winners

"Sinfonietta" students in the Jacobs School relax before a rehearsal.
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Undergraduate Erich Rieppel was awarded first place ($300 prize) for his promotional video highlighting his student-formed ensemble, and undergraduate Steve Metcalf was awarded second place ($200 prize) for his video showcasing his transcriptions and performances of the song "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" (Neutral Milk Hotel). An Encouragement Award ($100) was awarded to Performer Diploma student Stevan Jovic for his video promoting his "Practice-Right" invention.

Essay Contest winners

Prizes were awarded to Essay Contest winners ($100/author) including undergraduate Rose Fraser and Performer Diploma student Stevan Jovic. In her essay, Fraser outlined the entrepreneurial steps she took in creating an opportunity for herself to participate as a guest artist and teacher at NEOJIBA (a sister program of El Sistema) in Brazil. Stevan Jovic's essay described his experience inventing and promoting his "Practice-Right" invention (a device aimed at helping guitarists form and maintain the correct posture of the hand used to pluck the strings). An encouragement award ($50) was awarded to undergraduate Madeleine Ohman, who used her essay to explore the educational steps she is taking to create opportunities for herself in the ballet studio and beyond.

About the competitions

These student-designed competitions were created to encourage students at the Jacobs School of Music to demonstrate how they integrate entrepreneurship and innovation into their musical and artistic lives. Video Competition contestants responded to the following prompt: "Lights! Camera! Action! The Project Jumpstart Team wants YOUR best video work. Submit your original promotional video about you or your JSoM-based ensemble…" and Essay Contest authors submitted responses to the prompt: "Project Jumpstart wants you to tell us how you are being proactive as a musician! Submit your best writing about your career or entrepreneurial activities…" Submissions to both competitions were diverse and covered a broad range of innovative concepts and activities.

About the adjudicators

Six adjudicators were charged with the task of reviewing, ranking, and commenting on each submission (three adjudicators per contest), and the judging panels included faculty members from JSoM departments including Music Theory, Recording Arts, and Musicology, as well as administrators from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (IU Kelley School of Business) and WFIU Public Radio.

About Project Jumpstart

Project Jumpstart is a student-centered and student-driven initiative offering a variety of career furthering resources to students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Now concluding its second year, Project Jumpstart has been led by interim coordinator Peter Thoresen and the 2011-12 Project Jumpstart student team: Forrest Wu (BM Viola), Joanna Helms (MA Musicology), and Jerome Síbulo (DM Voice). For more information, visit