Q: Where did the idea for the Songs for Good Challenge come from?
A: Well before the current pandemic, members of the Songs for Good team saw an opportunity to connect music and people power through a competition to create a new soundtrack for democracy. Throughout history, music has played a significant role in successful movements, and in hundreds of conversations with organizations, musicians and regular folks, there was clear consensus about this moment: "yes, we need this."
Q: Is Songs for Good a nonprofit organization?
A: Songs for Good is a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 46-1323531). This project is a mostly volunteer team committed to amplifying the good, in service to changemaking movements, for artists, for our democracy, for future generations.
Q: Who’s behind this organization and what experience do they have in the music industry and movement building?
A: We are mostly a volunteer team of staff, advisors and partners, with decades of experience in the field of music, arts, public policy and changemaking.
Q: Who funds Songs for Good?
A: Songs for Good has so far been funded by individual donors.
Q: I submitted my song and it didn't make it to the Top 10. Can I talk to someone about it?
A: We know from experience that contests and competitions can sometimes lead to disappointment and frustration. We would really like to be able to speak individually to participants yet unfortunately we're limited to at this time. Please know that just because your song wasn't selected doesn't mean it's not a fantastic song! This was a very unique challenge with specific criteria, so there were many songs that were amazing and didn't quite fit or weren't selected for the finals. Please, please, please keep singing, writing, sharing your gifts and channeling your energy for good. We are listening. AND the country and world need you right now.
Q: Are the finalists going to win a recording contract from this?
A: No, but Songs for Good will support the songwriters and artists with the top rated anthems in other ways, including song production support, cash awards and promotion. See RULES for more details.
Q: Who was on the review panel?
A: The first round review panel was a range of people on our team, advisors, music industry professionals and every day folks. The second round consisted of our partner organizations.
Q: How many panelists reviewed these songs?
A: Each song was reviewed by at least three review panelists to ensure a robust review process. There were additional subsequent reviews to narrow the selection down before our partners reviewed.
Q: What is the criteria panelists used to review these songs?
A: The general review criteria are: universal, emotionally powerful and easy-to-learn.
Q: How will the top 5 songs be promoted and used?
A: Our partner organizations will use the songs to mobilize their movement, at events ahead of the November 3rd Election, possibly beyond.
Q: Do you the songwriters retain ownership rights to the songs?
A: Yes! See the OFFICIAL RULES for the legal language.
Q: If I haven’t recorded my song yet, can I just submit the lyrics?
A: The contest is for both the lyrics and song,
Q: There were originally supposed to be 5 songs in the finals. What happened?
A: We received so many great submissions and the reviews were incredibly close so we thought the public should hear the top 10 and make the decision.
Q: Are you politically affiliated?
A: No. As part of a non-profit, 501c3 organization we are not affiliated with any political party.
Q: Do I have to be affiliated with a political party to participate in voting?
A: No. We welcome everyone to participate. Information about political party affiliation is not requested at any point during the contest.
Q: I want to help support Songs for Good, how can I help?
A: Beautiful, thank you! There are lots of ways to help, and we would love your support. Please check out our ABOUT page to learn more.
Q: What is the Mission of Songs for Good?
A: Our mission is to amplify pro-democracy and youth-led civic engagement movements through music. In other words, to amplify the good.
Q: What is your commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
A: Songs for Good is committed to shine light on the brilliant work of people historically and currently underrepresented by supporting their leadership and voices in decision-making. We do that as an organization to the greatest extent possible in own operations and through our mission to create a more inclusive, equitable democracy. By amplifying pro-democracy and civic-engagement movements, we are seeking to transform our government so it represents the people, in this election cycle and all future elections.
Q: Is this a one-time thing?
A: To be determined! Depending on the 2020 Challenge success, we may try another. Your voting and input will help!
Q: Who are the previous winners?
A: There are no previous top rated anthems because this is the first contest from Songs for Good. By participating you could be the first!
Q: Why should I sign up for your mailing list?
A: Songs for Good sends out regular updates so signing up will you stay informed of the latest developments. You can sign up here or below.
Q: How did the donation to Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) work out?
A: A donor of Songs for Good offered to donate $10 for every anthem for justice posted on Instagram or TikTok tagged #anthemsforjustice to the Movement for Black Lives. These submissions raised $500.