Got a Video? Need a Soundtrack? The Invincible Czars Will Write One for You

With their spring tour now cancelled, the Austin art-rock band is offering to write a score for your 60-second video


With the coronavirus pandemic now keeping people at home, artists of all disciplines are finding ways to keep creative.

Already there’s the online Social Distancing Festival keeping track of live streams put on by arts organizations around the globe. The Fusebox Festival, Austin’s performance arts fest, has had to cancel its live gathering and is dreaming up a way to make it virtual.

The Austin art-rock band Invincible Czars saw its entire spring concert schedule cancelled. They had planned to tour with their latest silent movie score, new music for “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920, dir. Robert Wiene).

But because they can’t sit still, the Czars created a challenge for themselves. With the “2020 Quarantine Video Challenge” the Czars will write an original score for your 60-second video, and do so within 48 hours. And it’s pay-what-you-want.

But wait, yes there’s more: You can opt to enter your video into a contest, with the three videos with the most likes on YouTube by 5 p.m. on April 1 will win prizes.

Find all the details about the “2020 Quarantine Video Challenge” at!

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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