Music has always given us hope when times are darkest. Music brings people together. We tell our stories through music. We fight for justice through music. Sounds and lyrics, voices and instruments all carry the messages of our hearts and our hopes In Response to the world around us and our personal experiences.
Join Us In Response
Throughout the 2020–2021 season, composers across the country are creating new music to empower themselves and their communities In Response to the world around us. We invite you to join this community of learners and creators who are channeling their energies into the hopeful act of writing a new song or piece of music.
In Response to the times we live in, what is your vision for the world?
Wherever you are making music and with whatever means you have to create new music, dig into the question of how you respond to the challenges in your life. You could write a poem and set it to music. You could create a solo a cappella performance, a song for voice and guitar or piano, a string quartet or a jazz quintet. You could respond to another artist’s work. Use your new piece to share your ideas about racial justice. Meet up with friends online or safely outside to create something together. Any way you can, say something through your music.
Anyone who is currently participating in a Carnegie Hall program or through an official partner organization is invited to submit a song to In Response.
Share Your Music with Carnegie Hall
Once you have created your new music, make a video of yourself or someone you know playing it. Maybe you can even get someone to help you record it with an external microphone or video camera (a smartphone will also work). No matter what type of equipment you use, try to capture the music’s essence. Upload information about your song and a link to the video of a performance.
We will review video submissions on an ongoing basis and will feature selected songs on a streaming concert in spring 2021, presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope: Artists in Times of Oppression festival.
Songs will be evaluated by their connections to the In Response theme, the story of the song as articulated by the songwriter, and how the song fits into the larger narrative of the public event. We want to amplify the voices in our community that have something to say.
The deadline to submit songs to the In Response project is March 1, 2021.
Carnegie Hall has numerous resources to help composers hone their craft. Visit the links below to join our community of learners:
Discover Digital Music Production
In this five-part course, your students can join producer and percussionist Charles Burchell in his digital music studio to play around with tools and learn how to create loops, beats, basslines, melodies, and arrangements.
Write Your Own Song
In this five-part course, songwriter and performer Bridget Barkan details how to write a meaningful, original song. She explores the power of music and provides a step-by-step approach to crafting a song that truly speaks to your ideas and emotions.
Listen to Other Songwriters
Listen to songs written by members of the Carnegie Hall learning community for past songwriting projects.