In 2017, 21CM challenged pre-college students to share their stories about using their musical gifts to strengthen their communities. We were moved by the wave of entries from across the globe.
First place winner Cindy Han, 17, told her story about building the Crescendo Project, an organization that provides music workshops for children at migrant schools in Suzhou, China. In second place came Zoe B. M. Zhang, 16, with her project, Lights, Camera, Action, which delivers arts and cultural education programs to indigenous Uighur children in Hotan, China. Third place went to Music Playathon, with a mission to provide opportunities for “all kids to be able to participate in music programs.” This effort was created by Annie Chen and Junhee Lee, both 17, to address systemic cuts to arts funding. Twice a year, they host a music showcase that raises money and awareness for music and arts funding in Iowa City schools.
Once again, we celebrate young musicians making a difference in our 2018 Doing Good contest. Partnering with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, we are offering three cash prizes: First place wins $500, second place $300 and third place $200. We’ll feature all three winners in 21CM, where their stories will be shared with thousands of monthly readers. Additionally, the top 10 submissions will receive a signed copy of Mark Rabideau’s “Creating the Revolutionary Artist: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Musician.”
You can access the Call for Submissions here.