Texas Musicians Can Enter the “Don’t Mess with Texas” Song Finder Contest Now


If you have strong feelings about keeping Texas garbage free, this is your chance to express them. The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a competition for amateur musicians to join the ranks of country superstars like Strait of George, Willie nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Grupo Fantasma writing and filming an original 30 second song promoting the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign.

“Music has been part of the ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ campaign from the start,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III said in a statement. “We’re excited to build on this legacy by giving Texans from all walks of life a chance to add their voice to the campaign and to share in a fun way how we all have a role to play in keeping our state clean and beautiful.”

The iconic “Don’t mess with Texas” message was first implemented by state officials in 1985. The following year, the anti-waste message was presented to television audiences across the country. ‘State during the Cotton Bowl when Stevie Ray Vaughan appeared in the very first 30-second TV commercial of the campaign.

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TXDOT’s “Don’t Mess with Texas” Song Finder Contest is open for video submissions until October 10 for residents of Texas only. Those who want to participate must be an amateur musical talent (not signed with a label) and they must mention the anti-litter campaign as well as explain how to properly dispose of litter.

An English winner and a Spanish singer will receive a 2018 Gibson guitar donated by Gibson Brands, a possible TV commercial alongside the Randy Rogers Band or Las Fenix, and a live performance in an iHeart Live Music Lounge inside a Texas radio station. Read the contest rules, find inspiration and finally submit your 30-second video on don’t mess with texas.org. And even if you are not the musical genre, you will have the opportunity to get involved from the start of the public voting period!

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