First annual Global Peace Song Awards contest calls to world’s most inspired musicians to submit their songs of peace beginning on September 21st
By: Global Peace Song Awards
Today’s UN International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2015, marks the historic opening of a global call to musicians and music video makers to submit their most inspired and empowering works towards the message of world peace. Song submittals begin on September 21st and close on January 24th, 2016. All Grand Prize winners will be announced on July 1st, 2016.
The Global Peace Song Awards (GPSA) was the brainchild of Steve Robertson, Founder and CEO of Project Peace on Earth (PPOE) and Ricky Kej, 2014 Grammy® Award winner for best New Age album. Steve founded PPOE for the global promotion and attainment of world peace through globally telecast concerts of sacred music from sacred sites. Ricky is the youngest person from India to win the Grammy® and is a musical/brand ambassador for PPOE. He won the Grammy® award for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’.
According to the organizers Robertson and Kej: “The 2016 Global Peace Song Awards serves as a search for our world’s most enlightened musicians and songs that can guide the way to peace on earth. There are no age, location or language limits. We encourage everyone to enter. We want to hear the hearts of our planet’s great musicians call for peace.”
The GPSA features 10 total song categories and one (1) music video category: 1) New Age /Ambient; 2) World Music; 3) Acoustic / Contemporary Instrumental;
The Global Peace Song Awards have assembled a world-class panel of Jury Members including: Ralph Simon (he co-founded what became one of the world's most successful independent music and music publishing companies – the Zomba Group of companies and Jive Records (whose artists included Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake); Jonathan Elias (of Elias Arts, is an Emmy and Cleo award winning composer and record producer (Duran Duran, YES), known for his movie trailers (Gandhi, Blade Runner), award-winning advertising music and his “Prayer Cycle” and “Path to Zero” albums which feature Alanis Morissette, Sting, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and more); Joanne Shenandoah (Grammy® winning Native American Singer/Song writer); Randy Copus (award winning and top selling New Age Composer of the famed group “2002”); Gary Nicholson (Grammy® winner and Texas Hall of Fame singer/song writer who has written songs from everyone from Vince Gill and The Judds, Robert Plant and Ringo Starr to actor Jeff Bridges); Steve Robertson and Ricky Kej; the legendary political/peace activist and folk musician, Peter Yarrow of the famed trio “Peter, Paul and Mary”.
There are three (3) ways Musicians and/or Video contestants can win: One, Jury Panel members will short list 10 songs songs per category and 1 peace song music video category. Within the 10 total music categories and 1 music video category, 11 grand prize winners will be announced. Two, Popular Public vote will identify 10 songs per category and 1 peace song music video category. Within the 11 total categories, Public Voting will select 11 grand prize winners, one per each category. Thirdly, a Facebook most popular “Likes” song and/or video will be awarded.
Award prizes, as outlined by the GlobalPeaceSongAwards.org website, range from the grand prize of a personal recording session with and produced by Ricky Kej; having famed PPOE musicians like Fox Lima of Enigma MMX social song, Grammy® winner David Joyce, Grammy® nominee Peter Kater and more perform on a winner's future song; tools and resources to empower a musician’s career (website, album cover art, and more), a beautiful commemorative trophy and much more. The premier branding company in India, ReZonant, who built the GPSA website, is generously gifting a new website and 2 album cover designs as a prize for a winner.
Robertson and Kej conclude: “Weapons and War can only speak in terms of our differences, horror and destruction. Inspired music speaks to what we have in common, our potential goodness and peace. Music serves as the bridge between our senses and spirit. It speaks to the heart without the aid of the intellect. When we are touched by inspired music we come to know our true self and what unites us with others, in common love and peace. This the goal to which music can best achieve, and this is the goal we have both set out for with the Global Peace Song Awards. The invitation the AWARDS sends out to all musicians all around the world is: ’INSPIRE US TO REALIZE WORLD PEACE.’
Project Peace on Earth (PPOE) is a hybrid profit/humanitarian company founded for the global promotion and attainment of peace through globally broadcasting concerts of sacred music from sacred sites. The UN first brought world attention to PPOE for its famed 2011 Picasso Peace Dove / Love All image in Jericho which was esteemed as one of the 49 most iconic images (out of 800,000 photos) in the history of the UN. This same year PPOE produced a Christmas Day fundraising concert from Bethlehem for UNRWA that went out to 80 million homes. More at: ProjectPeaceOnEarth.org.