Songwriting Showcase



The IMP Songwriting Showcase is a statewide compilation of 25 tracks by Iowa-connected artists of all genres. Through March 15, artists across the state of Iowa submitted one original song to the project.

On April 1, 25 finalists were awarded one half-day recording sessions at Flat Black Studios. 23 of these finalists were IMP jury-selected, and two were chosen by fans through Little Village’s IMP Listeners’ Choice voting page.

The project is supported by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and presented in partnership with Flat Black Studios, Little Village Magazine, the Des Moines Social Club, and Maximum Ames Records. Additional support is provided by Adamantine Spine Moving.

Flat Black recording sessions will take place during the months of April and May. A selection of these 25 tracks will be included in a vinyl pressing released by Maximum Ames Records (submission does not guarantee inclusion).


Submission period has expired – Listen to submissions

Individual artists and bands that are from Iowa or have a connection to the state were invited to submit one original song (YouTube or Soundcloud link). Submissions were required to be an original work that has not appeared on a preexisting or upcoming album. Read the FAQ for more information.


Join us for the IMP Launch Party

Join us June 2 at the Des Moines Social Club for a launch event featuring two opening acts and headliners The Middle Western, an Iowa songwriting supergroup lead by William Elliott Whitmore and David Zollo.