Music Contest Guidelines & Resources

Submissions should focus on a local, national or international human rights abuse. The format is open to any genre of music. Original work may be created by an individual or group, but must be student written and produced. Teachers may guide the process, but the work should be the students’ own. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

  • Submission must be an original composition
  • Submission must be performed by the student songwriter(s)
  • The song may be performed a cappella or with accompaniment
  • The song must demonstrate positivity and not victimization.

Songs will be judged based on content, creativity, likability and structure.

Among others, judges for the 2019 music contest include:

  • Kerry Kennedy, President, RFK Human Rights
  • Peter Frampton, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist
  • Renée Fleming, four-time GRAMMY Award-winning soprano
  • Aloe Blacc, GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer
  • Sonita Alizadeh, Recording artist, songwriter and activist
  • Axident, GRAMMY-nominated producer and songwriter
  • Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, Partner, Maverick Artist Management 
  • Rocky Dawuni, GRAMMY-nominated reggae artist and activist

Questions? Email