Songs about New York City: A Contest and Concert Opportunity Featuring Javier Limón

The Berklee Songwriting Department, the Mediterranean Music Institute, and Instituto Cervantes present Songs about New York City, an opportunity for songwriters of all styles to submit a song inspired by the great city for this contest, which will be judged by a panel of industry musicians. Five finalists will be selected to perform at the Instituto Cervantes Auditorium on October 15, 2018, and the winner will have their song recorded by Berklee’s Songwriting in Spanish faculty Javier Limón.

Contest Rules

  • Everyone (both Berklee and non-Berklee students) is invited to apply.
  • The song must be about New York City.
  • All lyrics must be in English or Spanish.
  • Finalists must perform the song in New York City or find an artist who can perform the song there.
  • The song submission deadline is September 21, 2018.
  • Finalists will be notified via email by October 1, 2018.
  • Finalists must be available to travel to Manhattan on October 15, 2018.

Click here to submit your song.


Javier Limón is a music producer and composer who specializes in flamenco, jazz, and world music. Trained at the Conservatorio Real in Madrid, he has developed his career widely by composing and producing for many artists such as Paco de Lucía, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Caetano Veloso, and Alicia Keys, among many others.

The Cervantes Institute, a government agency, is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture.