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About The Competition

Music for Water represents a campaign that streams water and music together with the intent to align the mission of JB Dondolo & Viva con Agua to remove barriers of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for underserved communities.

This campaign is a fundraiser designed as an annual song competition that is open to anyone (see requirements to qualify and submit your water song). Through the competition, participants’ songs gain visibility and promotion which may be broadcast to tens of thousands of new listeners across the United States and internationally. Five (5) expert judges either in the music industry or closely affiliated with the industry will decide which top three (3) songs will be chosen and one of the chosen three (by the JB Dondolo, Inc. Board & Viva con Agua) will be awarded as the JB Dondolo “Song of the Year.”

Music for Water sets itself apart from other song competitions as a charitable campaign that serves to leverage the “universal medium and ambassador” of music to ignite a greater awareness of the importance of potable water around the globe. The participation of each artist will be instrumental in serving as a voice for those who often go unheard. Women and girls will also greatly benefit from this musical competition as the campaign will serve as a protagonist to improving gender equity through the connection to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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 homeless population on Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA, USA. During the campaign, we will seek a water song for charity and further shine a spotlight on the charitable work being done around the globe.

JB Dondolo has partnered with Viva con Agua, a global initiative for clean water, sanitation and hygiene that uses the universal languages of art, music and sports to create social impact and raise awareness in a positive and respectful way and with Disinfect & Shield, a disinfecting company that will provide hand sanitizers and disinfecting products to the Skid Row community. Also, JB Dondolo has partnered with I Support the Girls, an organization that collects and distributes essential items such as menstrual hygiene products, to help us reach more people experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity. Grand Mountain International Records, is our partner record label company who will provide a single distribution deal for the top three (3) winners.

Why You Should Participate

A message from Christy Littrell, I Support The Girls (ISTG)

Hi! My name is Christy and I’m from I Support the Girls, a global nonprofit organization that provides bras, new underwear, menstrual hygiene products, and toiletries for women and folks experiencing homelessness and distress.

We are so excited to be partnering with JB Dondolo for their Music for Water campaign which this year will be benefiting the homeless population living on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Last February, we partnered with JB Dondolo to provide much needed items for the people impacted by the devastating ice winter storms in Texas. This year we will be providing menstrual hygiene products for the homeless population living on Skid Row.

We encourage all artists and musicians to submit songs for this competition which will be directly impacting the homeless population living on Skid Row. If you are interested in participating, visit: https://jbdondolo.org/musicforwater/

We are so excited to hear your submissions and we can’t wait to benefit this population living in Los Angeles. Thank you so much!

A Message from Viva con Agua founder Michael

Hi, I’m Michael, founder of Viva con Agua. Together with JB Dondolo, we have partnered to bring you 2021 Music for Water.

A Message from 2020 Music for Water Top Winner Shawna Linzy

Hey! I’m Shawna Linzy the 2020 Inaugural Winner of the JB Dondolo Music for Water competition and I’m here to encourage you to submit your song as the next Music for Water Song!

Why? It’s an incredible honor in giving back and using your voice to help amplify the voice of JB Dondolo and their mission in helping to supply clean water and other necessities to those in need and this year they’re helping Skid Row. Is the next Music for Water song in you? It just may be and JB Dondolo wants to hear it!

To learn all about what’s in store with the music competition visit: JBDondolo.org/musicforwater. Good Luck!

A message from music artist Sydney Cope

Hi, I am Sydney Cope I am an independent artist here in Dallas Texas and I am also one of the top three winners in last year's Music for water competition. JB Dondolo's Music For Water is a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds and awareness to the desperate need of water sanitation and hygiene for those who are in need. Well, they are having another opportunity that you can be a part of, so, this year's competition will be for the homeless people on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California.

So, if you are an artist, songwriter or musician and you are looking for a way to expand your audience but also giving back here is a perfect opportunity for you to do though. Starting June 1st through August 31st you will be able to submit one original song to show your support in this project but also advancing in your music career. So, if you are interested you can check out more information at JBDondolo.org and I am so looking forward to hearing your song.

A Message from Music Artist Thuliso Dingwall

Hi! I’m Thuliso Dingwall and I’m one of the top winners from last year’s JB Dondolo Music for Water contest and one of its newest members and ambassadors for the contest.

This contest has opened my eyes to really see how scarce water is for people around the world; something that we as humans have a need for. As excited as I was for this opportunity, that was something I definitely took into account in creating my song. And in our second year, I encourage all artists and talent to submit their songs for a chance to win a distribution deal with G.M.I.R. in Germany.

This year’s fundraiser is dedicated to the homeless population in Skid Row. For more Information and guidelines on how you can participate, you can visit: JBDondolo.org/musicforwater. You can also follow me on Instagram @i.shot.omar to follow up on my music as well. I wish you good luck!

Thuliso’s Downing song won in 2020.

How To Submit

Submit your Music for Water song starting June 1 (9:00:00 AM EST) through August 31 (11:59:59 PM EST).

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 September 1, 2021 to September 15, 2021, share on your networks (remember, every person can vote once per day).

Step 4: Top 5 will be announced on September 30, 2021

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

June 1 - Submissions open (9 AM ET)
August 30 - Submissions close (Midnight ET)
September 1 - September 15 - Voting
September 30 - Judges Announce Top 5
October 16 - Announce the song of the year

Connect With The Community

Fundraising Goal: $15,000

Donation Recipient: Skid Row

Of the estimated 550,000+ unhoused people in America, more than 10% of them live in Los Angeles. Of the estimated, but underreported, homeless population, up to 10,000 people live on Skid Row.

Also known as Central City East, Skid Row is a neighborhood in Los Angeles covering 50 blocks that is known for its condensed homeless population for nearly a century.

Current hygiene services make it possible to give everyone living on Skid Row a chance to shower once every 3-5 days, yet access to hygiene remains one of the most critical barriers to restoring people’s dignity, health, and self-worth in this area.

As it relates to COVID-19, Los Angeles County saw an additional 40 to 60 deaths per month beginning in March 2020 for the homeless population. Not all these deaths were officially labeled as attributed to COVID-19, however. Throughout six months of analysis, only 36 deaths were labeled as COVID-19 related. While this suggests an underreporting issue, it also suggests that many of the homeless likely have perished due to the disease. Among the numerous factors, lack of access to sanitation and hygiene is one such probable reason.

Homelessness in Los Angeles County is also expected to increase by 20–40% once the eviction moratorium ends on June 30 indicating that the need to provide potable water, sanitation, and hygiene is more important than ever.

About Our Partners

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Viva con Agua - de Sankt Pauli (Live with Water) is a charity founded in 2006 in the Hamburg quarter of St. Pauli. Viva con Agua is a network of people and organizations committed to establish access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation for all humans worldwide. Creative and joyful activities raise awareness for the global issues water, sanitation, and hygiene (short WASH) and simultaneously raise funds for worldwide water. The NGO started with a friend circle from Hamburg. Now their offices and locations are not just in Hamburg, Germany, but also in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Uganda and since 2020 in South Africa and California.

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.

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 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. 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.

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I Support the Girls is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls nationally and internationally. Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, I Support the Girls works to ensure women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity. Since its founding, ISTG has collected and distributed over 2,000,000 products to 180,000 women through 400 vetted partners. ISTG has 45 affiliates across the United States and international affiliates in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and Pakistan.

Meet the Judges

Aaron Heimes

Aaron Heimes is a passionate and disciplined media executive that is focused on the expanding over-the-top media distribution and marketing channels. With a background in media, marketing, and project management, Aaron focuses on the creation of cross-device distribution channels that includes a feature-rich viewing experience for audiences. This includes content-to-commerce, live content production and distribution, and branded content to create a value proposition that allows viewers to control their experience while unobtrusively pushing brands to the right people, in the right places, at the right time. Aaron is a producer of branded content and President of the OTT network, e360tv

Message from Aaron

Hi! This is Aaron Himes, CEO of e360tv and I will be a judge once again for the JB Dondolo Music for Water. e360tv is also sponsoring the Gala Event on October 16, 2021, where all of the winners will be announced.

In our second year, I encourage all the artists to submit their water songs and have the chance to win a distribution deal.

Funds raised this year are going to be dedicated to the homeless population of Skid Row in Los Angeles. For more detailed information, please visit: jbdondolo.org/musicforwater

I am looking forward and for this honor to be judging your submitted work so best of luck!

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

Hi, I’m Janol Mecca Holmes, President and C.O.O. of Supernatural INC. and the Co-Founder of the Evolvolution Initiative. I am honored to be a judge for JB Dondolo’s Music for Water Campaign in which proceeds will go to Skid Row; definitely an important charity and cause. So please join me in supporting JB Dondolo’s Music for Water 2021. Thank you!

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

Hello World! My name is Paolo Montagni. I’m the CEO of G.M.I.R. Records which is Grand Mountain International Records. I’m a producer and distributor of worldwide music and I’m happy to announce that also for 2021, I’ll be a part of JB Dondolo’s Music for Water Campaign.

I hope a lot of artists and a lot of people around the world will catch attention about the Music for Water project that JB Dondolo is spreading around the world and that everybody joins that because we are trying to help the people to get sanitizers, clean water, and everything else around that.

Therefore, you can enter the competition and you can become a part; if you are an artist, if you are a songwriter please go to
JBDondolo.org/musicforwater on the internet and sign in for the 2021 competition and be a part of it.

Help us to spread the word around the world. Bye Bye from Germany!

Shaun Barrowes

Shaun Barrowes – Composer/ Piano/Vocals – American Idol alum with over 1 million views for single, Live for Music. With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to inspirational and a host of unforgettable film scores, Shaun has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by fans of all ages. His versatile styling’s range from contemporary to a big band sound featuring a pop swing ensemble. He recently produced the music for Jackie Chan’s Green Hero project a new exhibit that promotes sustainability and environmental awareness globally. https://theleonardo.org/green-hero. ​After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Shaun performed as a top contestant on American Idol, Season 7. After Idol he launched into recording as a singer and pianist with his highly acclaimed jazz album. Shaun also created the highly regarded tour “Live For Music” which brought in over $500,000 dollars to save music and arts in school, at the same time he wrote and performed the promotional song “Live For Music” which to date has reached well over one million views on YouTube.

Message from Shaun

Hey! I’m Shaun Barrowes, Emmy-nominated songwriter and former top contestant of American Idol season 7.

I am honored to be a judge on JB Dondolo’s Music for Water contest. Wanted to encouraged you all to submit your songs and support this great cause and I look forward to seeing your submissions! https://jbdondolo.org/musicforwater/

Sunny Singh

Message from Sunny

Sunny Singh here;Canadian action actor, taekwondo world champion, mayor candidate, and also I’m in the U. K. at the moment for a couple of films. I’d like to share good news with you! I am really really honored to partner with the lovely organization called Music for Water. They are collecting donations at the moment so please go to: https://jbdondolo.org/musicforwater/

You can donate over there. They are actually helping the community for drinking clean water and I love it! It’s a community work so we have to be a part of community. It doesn’t matter which country you are in.

My friends and fans, please go check it out at: https://jbdondolo.org/musicforwater/ and good job! See you later;God Bless you. Love you all!

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