Speak Up, Sing Out! Music Contest

Guidelines, Resources, and Submissions Portal

In partnership with the Grammy Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights launched the annual Speak Up, Sing Out! Music Contest, calling on students in grades 6-12 to write original songs that take a stand against human rights abuses around the world. Since its inception, the contest has inspired young people to see music as a vehicle for change, to creatively engage with the world around them, and to show the world that their words and ideas matter.

The contest winner will perform their song at a Grammy-related or virtual arts event.

Submissions are judged by a panel of music industry professionals who have worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson.

Deadline: May 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Questions? Email sttp@rfkhumanrights.org

Highlights from Past Winners

“A Dandelion Seed” by 2020 First Place Winner Lindsey Hirshfeldof from Reston, Virginia

“Solid Gold” by 2019 First Place Winner Tess Lira from New York City

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