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The contest Submission period is Open.

 

                             Note: "Submission deadline extended through September 30, 2022"

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 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 & Peggy Beatrice Foundation) 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 The Peggy Beatrice Foundation to raise awareness in a positive and respectful way and provide hygiene products to the Skid Row community. Through the provision of support and tools necessary to promote a healthy family structure, The Peggy Beatrice Foundation brings hope and restoration to communities in need, one family at a time. JB Dondolo has also 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 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 May 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, 2022 to September 15, 2022, share on your networks (remember, every person can vote once per day).

Step 4: Top 5 will be announced on September 30, 2022

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We encourage and gratefully accept donations from all supporters and participants. Help us reach our goal by clicking here.

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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

May 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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The Peggy Beatrice Foundation  -envisions a world where the underserved are embraced and restored through resources and outreach, starting at the family level and working its way to entire communities.

Through the provision of support and tools necessary to promote a healthy family structure, the Peggy Beatrice Foundation brings hope and restoration to communities in need, one family at a time.

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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

Shawna Linzy

Shawna Linzy is a gifted and unique singer/songwriter and award-winning actress with Arkansas roots. She has appeared in and her original music has been featured in award-winning films and award-winning podcasts.

Her singing gift was first discovered at the tender age of three by her Mother. The second of three children, Shawna’s natural talent was further developed with the aid of her Father who devoted much time in training her voice and preparing her for competitions. At age 11, Shawna entered and won her first talent show with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.” She also created her own version of “The Lord’s Prayer” which was copyrighted at age 11.

Active in high school, Shawna was a member of various student clubs and organizations holding various leadership positions.

Additionally, as a distinguished member of the “All Region” Choir, Shawna’s musical talent was further recognized as the sole recipient of the “Outstanding Choir Musician Award” her senior year. She was also an All-American Cheerleader and All-State Track Athlete (Arkansas and Oklahoma) recipient of the "Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Award" during her senior year. She also won various school and community talent shows and teen pageants – as well as winning the notable Miss Congeniality title.

Shawna received a full vocal tuition scholarship to attend Arkansas Tech University where she studied and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations. 

She also competed and landed a spot on the University Dance Squad and performed at football and basketball games. 

As a college student and Dean’s List honoree, she was hand picked by Arkansas Tech University as a campus tour guide and held various leadership roles on the university campus.

An active member of the university choir, Shawna was a featured vocalist resulting in her attainment of numerous competitions including: Miss Arkansas Tech University and Miss Lake Dardanelle winning both pageants and talent and interview portions. Consequently, she represented her university and the Arkansas River Valley region as an official contestant in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, a caveat to The Miss America Pageant.

She wrote lyrics to and performed the song “Jesus” which reached #1 on an online global music platform.

She has performed at numerous engagements including an event attended by former Vice President of the United States (now President) Joe Biden.

Some of her released music includes the inspirational single “Let’s Ride 2” and the single “Silent Night” from her upcoming collaborative Christmas album. 

 

Shawna is the 2020 inaugural winner of the JB Dondolo International Music for Water Competition with her song “Live Love.” She is a 2021 JB Dondolo Voices for Water Change Maker award recipient. 

She has been featured in various articles and is also a 2022 Best Supporting Actress award-winner in film. 

Shawna resides in Texas with her husband Tim.

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Message from Shawna

 

Mark Berry

AMG is a leading Toronto-based entertainment & media company with an unparalleled client list of artists & content creators across music, film, television & digital media. Led by an experienced and innovative management team, AMG was formed in 1998 by Music & Film Producer Mark Berry and operates under his leadership as Chairman. Berry, whose extensive music production, engineering & re-mixing talents has earned him 36 gold & platinum record awards for artists he has worked with, most notably, Grammy & Juno nominated musical icons David Bowie, Duran Duran, Yes, Boy George, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Carly Simon, Joan Jett & many more.

Mark worked at Vanguard Records in NYC for nearly 12 years Producing, Engineering & Mixing some of the biggest dance hits of the 70's & 80's. Mark also engineered jazz great, Janet Lawson whose album "The Janet Lawson Quintet" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female in 1981. The company has 3 employees and is headquartered in Toronto with satellite offices in NYC, HK, BJ & Seoul. AMG also provides clients with unique music advertising, brand integration & marketing opportunities across traditional, social media, mobile, film, TV & gaming platforms.

Already the owner of an extensive music publishing catalogue 50% owned by publishing conglomerate BMG Rights Management, AMG's mission is to target potential acquisitions in the music, film & television industries ranging from indie record labels, recording artists, writers, feature length films, extreme sports content, purchases in the music publishing sector, insertions of music into international feature film & TV releases, as well as the development of reality based television programming. AMG's music distribution is through affiliates of SONY & Universal.

AMG Visuals has executive produced, financed or distributed several feature length films including Grammy rap superstar Drake's live concert film "Homecoming” in 2015 in association with AMC theatre chain globally.

Originally from Brooklyn, NYC, Mark began his career at AIR Studios in London, UK under the tutelage of Sir George Martin, the producer of the Beatles. His first assisting sessions with Sir George would be "Live & Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings. His first major engineering assignment was Carly Simon's "No Secrets" album which included the worldwide smash, "You're So Vain" which was Grammy-nominated in 1973 for Song of The Year, Record of The Year & Best Vocal Performance. It would become Mark's very first engineering credit.

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Message from Mark

 

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!

Lyrical Storm

Lyrical Storm (Bernard Howard) is an independent Hip Hop musician and director. Primarily known as the 12thOnFigGuy street performer by Crypto.com arena (formerly Staples Center arena) Storm composes live music on the spot for thousands of passersby as well conducts a halftime update for sports fans. Lyrical Storm plays several instruments and includes them in his production catalog which currently is over 80 original compositions. Storm has records like (Do That) playing in over 8 countries as an independent music publisher as well. Outside of music Storm has won three awards for his documentary (I'm Not Famous,) and plans to create more films in the future.

 

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Storm played sports and participated in a rap group named the Black Italians as a teenager. There he learned to record music and write Hip Hop music. His first opportunity to perform in front of a crowd was in his High School English class. Attending college at the University of Indianapolis Storm completed about 2 years before deciding to focus on being in entertainment. Performing at poetry clubs and working multiple jobs to pay for college forced a change in Storm's mindset. Following his dreams Storm became an author after moving to Cincinnati Ohio in 2005. He also trademarked his name and created a collection of books, music, and songs under his brand. In its 14th year of business Lyrical Storm Entertainment is now an LLC registered in Los Angeles, California. His overall collection of works is 5 books, 7 music albums, and 1 film. Lyrical Storm is currently in the process of completing his 6th book which is a songbook. For more on Lyrical Storm please visit his website LyricalStorm.net, or Google his name for his full catalog of entertainment products.

 

Lyrical Storm can play Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Keyboard, and Drum Machines. He writes romance fiction novels, and loves poetry volumes. Storm is a member of BMI as a publisher/artist. Through film, Storm is a member of IMDb as a director, actor, and music producer.

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Message from Lyrical Storm

 

Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Walker professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rappersingersongwriterrecord/film producerb-boyDJ, public speaker and minister. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. "The Breaks", a single from his 1980 self-titled debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song. Throughout his career he has released 15 albums and is currently an ordained minister. To learn more about Kurtis, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurtis_Blow

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Message from Kurtis

 

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