Welcome!

The Contest Submission period opens on August 15, 2020.

About The Competition

The Music for Water represents a campaign that streams water and music together with the intent to align the mission of JB Dondolo with a higher calling.

The Music for Water campaign is an annual campaign open to anyone who belongs to a member of a collection society (see requirements to qualify and submit your water song). Through this campaign, songs gain visibility and promotion which may be broadcast to tens of thousands of new listeners both nationally and internationally with a possibility of generating new fans. Five expert judges in the music industry (or closely affiliated) will decide which top five songs will be chosen and one of the chosen five (by JB Dondolo board) will be the song of the year.

There exists a multitude of different musical campaigns. However, "Music for Water" will set itself apart as a charitable campaign that serves to leverage the "universal medium and ambassador" of music to ignite a greater awareness of the importance of clean drinking water around the globe. The participation of each artist or artists will be instrumental in saving countless lives. Hospitals, schools, and orphanages will also greatly benefit from this musical campaign as the campaign will serve as a protagonist to fight for clean water and sanitation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JB Dondolo recognizes the immediate need to raise funds to help those in dire need. Therefore, the recipient of the funds raised with this campaign is the Navajo Nation in Arizona, USA. During this time, we will seek a water song for charity and further shine the spotlight on the charitable work being done around the globe.

JB Dondolo has partnered with Disinfect & Shield, a disinfecting company that will provide hand sanitizers and disinfecting products to the Navajo communities. Also, JB Dondolo has partnered with Grand Mountain International Records, the record label company that will provide a single distribution deal for the top five (5) winners, internationally.

Why You Should Participate

A message from board member Rachel

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Svetanoff and on behalf of the nonprofit, J.B. Dondolo, I would like to invite YOU to compete in the J.B. Dondolo Music for Water national song competition!

Raising funds to help provide sanitation supplies to the Navajo Nation through our partnership with Disinfect & Shield, we at J.B. Dondolo are raising awareness about the need of access to clean water that the Navajo Nation and other underrepresented communities don't currently have to protect themselves from COVID-19.

So, what does that mean for you as a musician and artist? By winning the Music for Water competition, your original water-themed song will help amplify our message that water, sanitation and hygiene IS a human right and ALL communities deserve a voice for water.

The top 5 winners will have their songs distributed through our record label partner, Grand Mountain International Records. In addition, the grand prize winner will be announced and featured at our nationally televised Equanimity Awards Gala as the official musical theme for J.B. Dondolo.

All high-quality recordings of a song have a chance of being selected so check us out at www.jbdondolo.org/musicforwater and see how you can help make a difference today!

How To Submit

Submit your Music for Water song starting August 15, (9:00:00 AM EST), 2020 through September 30, (11:59:59 PM EST), 2020.

Step 1: Register and create your account here.

Step 2: Upload your song and complete the submission form

Step 3: During the voting period of October 1, 2020 to October 14, 2020, share on your networks (remember, every person can vote once per day).

Step 4: Top 20 will be announced on October 15, 2020

Step 5: Top 5 will be announced on November 1, 2020

If you have any questions about this competition, please read the Competition Guidelines and Terms and Conditions for requirements. Should you have further questions or have any technical difficulties, please contact info@jbdondolo.org.

Timeline

August 15 - Submissions open (9 AM ET)
September 30 - Submissions close (Midnight ET)
October 1 - October 14 - Voting
October 15 - Top 20 announced
October 17 - October 25 - Judges deliberation
Nov 1 - Judges Announce Top 5
Nov 14 - Announce the song of the year

Navajo Nation needs your help!

Connect With The Community

Fundraising Goal: $10,000

Donation Recipient: Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation, which stretches about 27,000 square miles across portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, has been the hardest impacted by the COVID-19 virus in the country. The infection rate of over 3,500 per 100,000 residents surpassed New York City by mid-May resulting in over 6,500 cases and 322 deaths. The death toll is disproportionate as in New Mexico, Native Americans represent 53% of COVID-related deaths in the state even though they only represent 11% of the population.¹

Experts project these numbers will increase due to a disproportionate number of preexisting health conditions in tribal communities and resource-starved tribal healthcare systems which are ill-prepared for the pandemic.

According to reports, the Navajo Nation experiences some of the highest rates of water poverty in the United States. Navajos are 67 times more likely to not have indoor plumbing, potable water and sanitation in their homes making them incapable to follow hand-washing guidelines that are needed to flatten the curve of the spread of the virus.² Additionally, when people haul water to their homes, whether from stores and/or watering points, they are continually exposing themselves to others. These challenges are compounded by the fact that health facilities and supplies are scarce across the reservation. The most impacted areas are not obtaining resources like personal protective equipment nor are they receiving testing kits proportionate to their needs.

The Navajo community is working to the best of their ability but long-standing inequities present these difficult challenges. Find out more about how to contribute to help address this community’s needs today! https://catalyst.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/CAT.20.0370 and https://unitednatives.org/

About Our Partners

Disinfect and Shield

Disinfect & Shield is the company that founded the product Disinfect & Shield, a trusted solution that has been used to protect people and surfaces in the hospitality, government and healthcare industries for more than a decade. As the threat of Coronavirus grew in the United States, a group of leaders in military, healthcare, government, and business realized Disinfect & Shield was a necessity for responsible companies to keep their customers, staff, and communities safe. These leaders partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to provide professional disinfectant services to organizations across the country.

"We are extremely excited to be partnering with JB Dondolo charity to provide underprivileged communities with disinfectant and sanitizer products. Through our partnership we will be able to get these communities products they desperately need to protect themselves during the current Pandemic." -- Nate Woodring

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Grand Mountain International Records (G.M.I.R.), a European record label company operated by P-Force Entertainment and founded by G. Paolo Montagni, is based in Germany. G.M.I.R. produces and publishes music internationally.

Paolo's passion for music started at an early age which he shared with his father who was a musical genius. In his teens, Paolo attained a four-track tape recorder and mixed his first tracks that placed him into the American Top 40.

At the age of 17 he was discovered as a DJ and even now, he is still in great demand as a professional DJ with more than 42 years of experience. In the early '80s, Paolo expanded his professional portfolio by starting a new career as a radio show host.

Consistently challenging himself, his dream was always to have his own record label. He put his hard work into action and opened his first recording studio and established his own entertainment company, P-Force Entertainment, with a record label, Grand Mountain International Records (G.M.I.R.). During the last four decades, Paolo's work often led him to America and the opportunities opened doors for him to work with American artists. His invitations to work with him in Germany have always been immediately accepted, starting the foundation of a long and credible company. His reputation grew as he more collaborated with well-known artists like Kurtis Blow, Petey Pablo, and Dane Thoms to name a few.

His label always focused on offering a platform to young, new and raw talent. In addition, he was able to expand his studio which has become one of the most reputable recording studios in Germany. All of his clients and releases are available online on various download portals (including Apple, Amazon Music, Spotify, and numerous streaming services. Paolo and his artists have been featured in major publications online, in print, and media.

G.M.I.R. is registered with GEMA since 1982 and holds a unique identifying official Label code which is also affiliated with ASCAP.

"As a health-conscious person and father, environmental concerns have always been important to me. When Beatrice Davis contacted me and told me about the JB Dondolo "Music for Water" project, I was so impressed by the ideology behind it that I immediately pledged my support. Especially in such difficult times as we are experiencing through COVID-19, I think it is very important to pay special attention to proper sanitation, so I believe it is more important than ever that the Navajo Nation with hand sanitizers and disinfecting products support and send another positive signal to the world with Music for Water by JB Dondolo" -- Paolo

Meet the Judges

Amanda Abizaid

Amanda Abizaid is an American Lebanese singer/songwriter best known for her vocal performance on the theme song of the US TV series The 4400.

With the international release of her album "Walking In Twos" featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, about how stepping in someone else's shoes can inspire world peace, Amanda has a vision for bringing the east and west together in song through music, and a talent that is truly living her purpose, you can't help but get excited when you hear her voice.

Amanda is a chameleon and a master of many trades. For music fans who love an international flair with positive, conscious music that inspires, we've found the artist for you. Often her vocals have been described as a cross between Sara Bareilles and Sarah McLaughlin, musically her songs are a fusion mix of Neo-soul meets World. Singer/songwriter, Amanda Abizaid's recent album "Walking In Twos" features the legendary Stephen Stills and has won several awards from prestigious competitions such as USA Songwriting Competition, Global Music Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Global Film Festival Awards, Clouzine International music awards and others. The New York Times thanked her for her vocals on the Emmy winning theme song "A Place In Time" for Paramount's The 4400. Amanda has had songs on LIFETIME, PARAMOUNT, THE WB, and VH1. CBS, NBC and FOX, has performed live for audiences of up to 2500 people, and was interviewed by Forbes.com and Kababayan Today with G Tongi LA 18 TV. To learn more about Amanda, visit website.

Message from Amanda

Hi, I am Amanda Abizaid singer and songwriter and I am honored to be a judge on Music For Water campaign. When I was invited to be a judge and understood the mission of the JB Dondolo Foundation to help the Navajo Nation in Arizona to assist with sanitary supplies from hand sanitizer and disinfection products, no question, I wanted to be part of it.

I am very excited to hear the talent and the water songs you will submit to us.

It only takes one simple step, please visit jbdondolo.org and follow the instructions on the website www.jbdondolo.org

Your submission and a small donation will make a huge difference in the lives of the Navajo Nation and for you, new beginnings await as you could win a one-time distribution deal with Grand Mountain International Records.

On behalf of Music for Water, our sincerest thank you and please continue to #musicforwater!

Janol Mecca Holmes

Janol "MECCA" Holmes serves as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Supernatural INC, a Multimedia Platform of which he Co-Founded under the affiliation of Chuck D (Public Enemy/Prophets of Rage).

He served as a Co-executive Producer and Host of Air America's Talk-Radio show "SLAMradio" which aired on Sirius Satellite Radio and 29 Radio Stations across the US, during Chuck D's On The Real Radio Show.  Janol Mecca Holmes currently co-host the "Media Assassins" podcast in which topics of Entertainment, Politics, Current Events and Culture are discussed.   Within the producer collective "THE REVOLT", Janol also produces music as he has provided production to Public Enemy and other artists of multiple genres.  Janol serves as a designer and brand ambassador to Mecca USA Clothing.  Janol also was appointed as a "Patron" of the UK based educational organization "SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD" that addresses Racism through the world via activism and education. To learn more about Janol, visit  THE SUPERNATURAL INC.

Message from Janol

Paolo Montagni

Paolo's passion for music started at an early age which he shared with his father who was a musical genius. In his teens, Paolo attained a four-track tape recorder and mixed his first tracks that placed him into the American Top 40.

At the age of 17 he was discovered as a DJ and even now, he is still in great demand as a professional DJ with more than 42 years of experience. In the early '80s, Paolo expanded his professional portfolio by starting a new career as a radio show host.

Consistently challenging himself, his dream was always to have his own record label. He put his hard work into action and opened his first recording studio and established his own entertainment company, P-Force Entertainment, with a record label, Grand Mountain International Records (G.M.I.R.). During the last four decades, Paolo's work often led him to America and the opportunities opened doors for him to work with American artists. His invitations to work with him in Germany have always been immediately accepted, starting the foundation of a long and credible company. His reputation grew as he more collaborated with well-known artists like Kurtis Blow, Petey Pablo, and Dane Thoms to name a few.

Message from Paolo

Misty Blanco

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, doesn’t her name sound familiar!? Well, remember that MTV hit reality show, “Making The Band”? Yep. You guessed it. She was on that show!

Who would have thought that this runaway teen would have ever amounted to anything. How did it all start? “One day, I was chillin’ at a “meet & greet” for R&B girl group Divine. I told them about my aspirations to become an artist. They gave me phone numbers to Music Producers Tony Perez and D Moet. They were like, “Maybe they can help you”. That very same night, I fell asleep and had a dream that my great grandmother Turner told me to specifically call D Moet. To this day, I feel as if she opened this door and showed me everyone I would meet”.

In 2002, Misty then auditioned for Diddy’s MTV hit show, “Making The Band”. At the time, I was very insecure and I felt as though I was ugly. I went on the audition and I made it; however, my attitude and outlook on life did not fit within entertainment”. Though Misty did not make the band, she was
offered a solo deal from Diddy. But due to the lack of control of her emotions, the deal was canned. “Looking back, I now know that I am a work in progress. If provided the opportunity again, I would do it better. But it wasn’t my time. My time is now.”

Making her musical debut, Misty was featured on the Making The Band’s album, TOO HOT FOR TV in 2003. “In 2005, Actor Orlando Brown gave me the money to invest in my music. DJ International Wigg and I clicked. I went to his studio. I checked out his studio. It was hot. I decided to stay. I was locked in the studio. I met Nelly, J. Prince. I did all of my recording in Texas. During that time, I released my debut mixtape, THE POP OFF with International Wigg featuring J T Bigga Figga and Strike from the “Eight Mile” movie. I sold 125k copies. I sold them hand to hand.

In July of 2016, Misty released her first album, THE BLANCO THEORY. We got charted through the DRT charts and on college radio. My album is still top 10 in 30 countries and I am #9 in Europe”, smiles Misty. My single, “Who the … You Think You Are Talking To”, is produced by Kenny Black. I credit my manager, Stephen Wrench (Manager to Lynard Skinard and Marilyn Manson) for the strides in my career.”

To date, Misty has just received her first Grammy nomination for the success of her album, “Who The ... Are You Talking To”. Will she take home the award for “Best Hip-Hop Single”? Everyone on her team is hopeful!

Message from Misty Blanco

Hey, it’s Misty Blanco! I’m so excited yet humbled to be a part of something so special, “The Music For Water Campaign”, benefiting the Navajo Nation developed by JB Dondolo! This is an honor and a huge give back in so many ways! I’m very thrilled to be a part of the Music for Water movement to change lives and bring disinfecting and sanitation to the Navajo Nation!!!!

Legal Advisor and Board Member

"I became involved with the JB Dondolo Foundation because this organization is doing wonderful, impactful work to further mission that I believe in and it affords me the opportunity help that mission working with wonderful, impactful people!" - Derek Feagans

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