Contest Deadline: 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2020
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.
Among others, judges for the 2020 music contest include:
- Aloe Blacc, GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer
- Axident, GRAMMY-nominated producer and songwriter
- Rocky Dawuni, GRAMMY-nominated reggae artist and activist
- Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actress, Humanitarian and Activist
- Kerry Kennedy, President, RFK Human Rights
Questions? Email Girardi@rfkhumanrights.org
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.
"Better Day" by Easha Nandyala from Princeton, NJ
"We Gather Dust" by Lindsey Hirshfeld from Reston, VA
"Stranger in My Home" written by Matheu Campbell, produced by Matthew Jodhan, Maddie Anna and Owen Curtis from Skaneateles, NY
"Where His Love Lies" by Ashley Bruce, Isabella Tria and Jennifer Poroye from New York, NY