Speak up, sing out
Ending human rights abuses through music
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 perform their song at a GRAMMY-related event, 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 Monday, May 17th at 11:59 PM EDT

2021 Contest Judges:

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

Austin Brown, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Co-Founder of Canyon Sessions

Paige Guritzky, Producer, Co-Founder of Canyons Sessions 

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



Deadline: Monday, May 17th at 11:59 PM EDT

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