Music Video Portland

MVP 2019: submissions now open through december 10 2018!

Welcome back! We are absolutely thrilled to bring you Music Video Portland again in 2019 on January 10th at One Longfellow Square! Bigger, Better, Bolder and, uh... more Bonkers (?), we have a killer show planned for you, brought to you by HOT TRASH: Portland!, Red Mustard Entertainment and Table 6 Designs. Artists, submit by December 10th for consideration. See you on the red carpet!!


Submit Your Video

Artists, check out our submission guidelines below. Read them very carefully, as exceptions to the rules here won't be made. Please note that if your video is chosen, you MUST provide the video via snail mail or in-person drop off in Portland on a flash drive, cd or other physical format. Address will be provided to nominees. All media will be available to pick up at the show.

In submitting your video for consideration for Music Video Portland, you are explicitly agreeing to and acknowledging understanding of the following guidelines:

  • The deadline for submitting your video for consideration for Music Video Portland is December 10th, 2018. No exceptions will be made. 
  • To be eligible for Music Video Portland 2019, video must have been released between November 15 2017 and December 10th, 2018.
  • Music featured in the video must have been created by an artist living in Maine; video production may have taken place outside of Maine.
  • All genres of video are accepted: live performance, narrative, animation, slideshow, etc. are all eligible.
  • Video must be less than 8 minutes long.
  • You retain the legal right to broadcast this video in all forums public and private, and agree that Music Video Portland may distribute your video with proper accreditation prior to, during and after the event either in full or in clips at our discretion. Nominees and winners may be cited in perpetuity as having participated in Music Video Portland for promotional purposes.
  • If your video is chosen for showcasing during the Music Video Portland's awards show on January 10th 2019 at One Longfellow Square, you will provide Music Video Portland's producers with a high resolution copy of your video as an mp4, avi, mov or similar file format to be shown at the event. Videos downloaded from youtube will not be shown at the event.

Please complete the form below to complete your submission

Name *
Please provide a link to a publicly viewable copy of your video (youtube, vimeo, facebook, etc.)
Please choose the genre that most closely describes the music featured in this video.
Provide a link to the artist web site, facebook, bandcamp or other URL that contains a bio of the music artist and contact information.
List all credits for your submission, including Director, Editor, Producer, Writer, Costumes, Makeup, Lighting, Musical Performers, Non-musical Performers, Songwriter credits, Musician Credits (who is playing the song), and any other relevant credits.
Confirmation of Terms *
Video Availability

2018 recap!


Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Music Video Portland, and a million thanks to Conor Tubbs (Cherry Lemonade), and Kari Hodgens and Luna Colt (Sirens & Sailors) for their awesome hosting! And of course, many thanks to Pinchy the Lobster for coming up from the deep ocean to join us for the night. We are so happy to announce this year's winners (click link to watch video):

Best overall Achievement: Bri Lane, "Interstellar Lady"

Best Direction: Builder of the House, "Look At The Man"

Best Performance: Dana Massive, "My Ego"

Best Technical Achievement: SeepeopleS, "New American Dream"

Best Rock Video: The Very Reverend, "Leash"

Best Pop Video: Forget, Forget, "City"

Best Rap/Hip Hop/RnB Video: Sarah Violette, "Goldmine"

Best Roots/Folk Video: Daniel Taylor, "Fall"

Check out the photo gallery from the event on January 11th, below. We'll announce the submission window for MVP 2019 this summer, so keep your eye out video makers! We love you and can't wait to do it again!

All photos by Lauryn Sophia Photography.

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Music Video Portland is conceived and produced by HOT TRASH: Portland!, a community music and culture blog supporting local music and film in Portland, Maine. Created by HOT TRASH proprietor Victoria Karol, Music Video Portland carries on the locally-focused legacy of the wildly successful MVA awards established by Victoria in North Carolina, now in their 10th year. 

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