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The HOPE RISES II Review Process Begins!

The HOPE RISES II Review Process Begins!

Music to Life is thrilled to announce that our team and panel of industry experts are now reviewing entries for our HOPE RISES II Songwriting Contest. The album release date is November 2022 and will showcase up to 15 of the best social change musicians from all regions of the country, across genres and generations.

We thank everyone who helped us connect with more singer/songwriters than any previous year, and we thank the talented and inspiring artists who shared their music with us.

Finalists will be announced later this summer, so in the meantime, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.

From our HOPE RISES II Panelists:

“At no time during the cross-cultural evolution of this planet has music ever had a more important role. In an era of mistrust and confusing social signals, the artists of Music to Life reach into our hearts, bringing clarity and hope to a wounded world. Hope rises, indeed!” – Noel Paul Stookey

“When we experience music, we are listening to the heartbeat of the world. And every movement has a melody. I can’t wait to see what songs are in store for HOPE RISES II!” – Aisha Fukushima.

“I’ve always admired how Music to Life brings music and social consciousness together to help make change in the communities we live in. The first HOPE RISES project was an incredible achievement, so to be a part of the next chapter is a tremendous honor. I look forward to helping give a platform to talented artists that champion social change.” – Mark Pinkus.

“As someone who is passionate about creating social change through art, I’m very excited about this project. My organization, The Slants Foundation, focuses on the intersection of arts and activism so this really speaks to my heart.” – Simon Tam.

“I’m really excited to help select songs for HOPE RISES II. Music is transformative and has the power to change culture. I’m looking forward to hearing new songs that speak to the issues of our time.” – Maya Jupiter.