Speak up, sing out
Ending human rights abuses through music
Congratulations to our Speak Up, Sing Out Music Contest Winners!

First place

"A Dandelion Seed" by Lindsey Hirshfeld, a 2020 graduate from South Lakes High School in Reston, VA 

Second place

"In My Shoes" by Charles Vega (808 God), a rising senior from Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York and Michael J, a rising senior from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC

Third place 

"Black Water" by Ming-An Fasquelle, a rising senior from International School of Los Angeles

Fourth place 

"Locked Away" by dTHS Songtech Class: Benjamin Greenspan, Eli Furie, Elliot Miller, Gavriel Sela, Jessica Wald, Joseph Gold, Maayan Goldman, Matan Brigel and Matthew Paris from de Toledo High School in West Hills, California (rising 10th - 12th graders)

"Just Surviving" by Helena McAllister & Kimora Vanderhorst, rising 10th graders from Whittle School and Studios in Washington, DC

About the contest

In partnership with the GRAMMY Museum, we invite students to produce original songs that take a stand against human rights abuses. Using their own voices and perspectives, students can create meaningful change on pressing issues such as sexual harassment and assault, bullying, police brutality and other important topics related to social justice. The contest winner will participate in a GRAMMY-related 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: April 11, 2021

2021 Contest Judges:

Rocky Dawuni, GRAMMY-Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Activist 

Austin Brown, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Co-Founder of Canyon Sessions (@canyonsessions)

Paige Guritzky, Producer, Co-Founder of Canyons Sessions (@canyonsessions)

Natasha Beddingfield, GRAMMY-Nominated Artist

Axident, GRAMMY-Nominated Producer

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist

Contest Guidelines and Resources

Questions?  Email Girardi@rfkhumanrights.org

2019 Grand Prize Winner - "Solid Gold" by Tess Biberaj who goes by Tess Lira

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2019 Speak Up, Sing Out Music Contest is Tess Biberaj who goes by Tess Lira for her song "Solid Gold". Tess, a rising 10th grader from Fiorello H. LaGuardia Performing Arts High School in New York City, says about her song, "My inspiration for the song comes from witnessing and hearing about people treating each other so poorly. My song speaks of the inner strength one needs to stand up for themselves in any injustice." Tess will perform her winning song at a GRAMMY-related event later this year. 

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