Songs for Peace Contest


Our idea is simple.

Peace can be created by a critical mass of people focusing their thoughts on peace or having peaceful thoughts. And when enough people focus on peace instead of war, on harmony instead of discord, on love instead of hate, the idea of peace will resonate throughout  the world.  This groundswell of thought will lead to actions that will achieve the goal of world peace and understanding.

This is why we are focusing on sponsoring a contest to inspire composers to create a new peace song that we can all sing.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Songs for Peace project – from children to adults, from poor to rich. We encourage you to join us, and help build a worldwide community that resonates peace.

It is an obvious but powerful truth that with more people focused on peace, the greater the chances that conflicts can be avoided, and greater harmony achieved.

                                                  ~Dr. George Barkett
 Founder, Songs For Peace

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​Welcome to the new Songs for Peace blog

A printer named Harry Ruggles was the fifth founding member of the first Rotary club, in 1905.  He is commonly credited with later introducing singing as part of the weekly meetings, a tradition that is still practiced at many Rotary clubs worldwide.     ​According to one version of the story, Harry jumped up in the middle of a disagreement between members and yelled, “Come on boys, let’s sing!” This successfully diverted the conflict into a group rendition of, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and everyone forgot what they were arguing about. ​Music is good for the spirit.  Whether it’s a rowdy rumba that can brings us to our feet in dance, or a sweet lullaby that calms our babies into slumber.  Add some special lyrics, and you’ve got a song that may reach into our hearts. ​That’s the kind of song we’re looking for, as we prepare to launch the first Songs for Peace songwriting contest.  A tune that tells us that this can be a kinder and gentler world, and encourages mankind to band together as one.  It’s a simple idea, but  it will have a powerful effect.  Because when people start focusing on peace and how to achieve it, rather than reaching for weapons in conflict, the world will have a real chance to heal. —Candy Isaac SONGS FOR PEACE​

Welcome to the world's largest peaceful song initiative.

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command.
It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement.
Peace is a never ending process, the work of many decisions.

—Oscar Hammerstein II

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