Maine Calling Theme Song Search

Are you a musician? Do you have mad musical chops? Know an outstanding composer? We need YOU!

Spring is right around the corner and the Maine Calling team has decided to freshen up the show a bit with some new theme music! We are looking for an original piece of music that captures the energy and spirit of Maine Calling.

Between Thursday, March 1 and Friday, April 13 we will be accepting submissions in a contest to determine our new theme song. The winning composer will receive a $2,500 prize. We will announce the winner and unveil the new theme song on Maine Calling at 1:00 p.m. on Maine Public Radio on Tuesday, May 1.

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, please read our rules and regulations carefully before submitting.

We encourage entries of all varieties and musical styles. Surprise us! Wow us! Become the creator of the music that our listeners will associate with the exceptional content and dialog shared on Maine Calling each week!

Please direct all questions to

Thank you in advance for participating and good luck!

Contest Rules:

The contest begins on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and ends Friday, April 13, 2018. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Valid entries will be music which you performed/wrote/produced, and to which you own the rights. Previously released music is okay to submit as long as it is your own original work. Please provide us with the context of how the piece has been shared/played to date.

Entries must be scalable to be able to play for as short a time as 30 seconds and remain acoustically relevant for up to 3 minutes.

Entries must be submitted as .mp3 files via email to

Entries received during the contest period may be played on the air, over social media, and/or featured on our website as a way of promoting the contest and recognizing those who submit.

A single winning song will be chosen by the staff of Maine Public. All decisions are final.

The winning submission will be featured as our theme music for a trial run of 6 months, after which we will decide whether to keep it permanently; the winning artist will be mentioned in the closing credits of every Friday show (unless circumstances prevent us from airing the credit due to time constraints, rebroadcast shows, etc.).

The winner will receive a one-time award of $2,500. All rights to the song will be afforded to Maine Public.

Some thoughts to keep in mind as you decide on your submission:

Theme music sets the tone of a show, so we are looking for music that feels like it matches up with our style and content and establishes a unique "soundprint" that identifies us and sets us apart from other programs.

Explore the Maine Calling webpage to listen to some of our past shows and to get a sense of what Maine Calling is all about. We want the Maine Calling theme to immediately tell our listeners that they are about to take part in an interesting, informative conversation — a conversation they will only hear on Maine Calling.

When the theme begins, it should grab listeners' attention. Then, as our host introduces herself/himself and the topics to be covered in that episode, the music should hold that attention without distracting from our host's voice (we adjust volume levels on-the-fly during each broadcast). Finally, there should be a definite end-point to mark the transition into the first main segment of our show, or to mark the end of the episode.

Our theme music needs to serve several specific purposes during the intro and close of each show. It also will serve as the background for promotional spots about upcoming Maine Calling. Our promo music runs 30 seconds. Our billboard music can run from 55 seconds to one minute. Our closing theme music can play for three minutes. Please keep these times in mind as we will want the winning entry to be scaled up to three minutes or down to 30 seconds.

Submissions need not be polished, studio-quality recordings (although quality is appreciated). If your submission has the musical elements, style, etc. that we are looking for, we will work with you to produce a broadcast-ready version.

You may submit more than one entry.