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TheRE ARE 

152 MILLION CHILDREN 

CURRENTLY

IN CHILD LABOUR

YOUR MUSIC CAN HELP PULL THEM OUT

HEY MUSICIANS!

HAVE YOUR EVER WRITTEN A LIFE-CHANGING SONG?

The Music Against Child Labour Competition is inviting all musicians, both professional and amateur, to submit a song on the theme of child labour. Submissions from musicians of all formations are welcome! Participating in the competition is an opportunity to raise awareness about child labour and the importance of music and creativity in the lives of children. Contributions from different genres are equally valued - soul or song, highlife or hip-hop, folk, jazz, rock or tango, classical music of every tradition and every type of music besides!

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

GRASSROOTS CATEGORY

In the Grassroots Category we call on those engaged in music projects that empower children and give them a voice through music, including children who are at risk of or who were formerly in child labour.

 

We search for songs of hope, that aim to empower communities and raise awareness around child labour; projects that engage children and youth and which could be in collaboration with established musicians.

Children/youth groups, organizations, schools, non-formal education programs, children affected or at risk of child labour.

WHO CAN ENTER?

GLOBAL CATEGORY

Open to all musicians around the world, this category focuses on songs composed about child labour in general, but could also focus on s specific type of child labour or topic.

 

Whether you are an orchestra, choir, ensemble, band or soloist, the most important thing is that your music should inspire hope and a better life for children suffering in child labour, calling on governments and all stakeholders to take action!

WHO CAN ENTER?

Musicians of all formations, both professional and amateur, of any age.

CLEAR COTTON CATEGORY

This special category is for songs highlighting the issue of child labour in

the context of the ILO’s CLEAR Cotton Project. The CLEAR Cotton Project, co-funded by the European Union, works towards the elimination of child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains, combating child labour in Burkina Faso, Mali, Pakistan and Peru. To be considered for this category the applicant songs must be related to the CLEAR Cotton project. There will be a prize awarded to one winner from each of the four countries.

Musicians of all formations, both professional and amateur, of any age, from Burkina Faso, Mali, Pakistan or Peru.

WHO CAN ENTER?

PRIZES

1000€ cash prize

+

A live video recording of your song to be streamed at the 2021 World Day Against Child Labour event.

PRIZES

1000€ cash prizes

+

A live video recording of your song to be streamed at the 2021 World Day Against Child Labour event.

PRIZES

4 x 500€ cash prizes

+

A live video recording of your song to be 
streamed at the CLEAR Cotton Project events and other occasions.

 

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO

ENTER?

  • AN ORIGINAL SONG
    THAT INSPIRES ACTION ON THE THEME OF CHILD LABOUR.

  • A GREAT RECORDING
    IT CAN BE AN AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING, A MUSIC VIDEO.

  • LYRICS

    YOU CAN SING IN ANY LANGUAGE BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SEND US A TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH, FRENCH OR SPANISH IF THEY ARE NOT IN ONE OF THESE LANGUAGES.

MEET OUr CELEB JURY!

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Grammy and Academy Award-winning musician.

To be announced

11 March

To be announced

11 March

A CONTRIBUTION TO

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

A JOINT INITIATIVE OF

SUPPORTED BY

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KEY FACTS aND

INSPIRATION

1 in 10 children are in child labour 

1 in 20 children are in hazardous child labour

7 in 10 children in child labour work in agriculture

1 in 3 children in child labour do not attend school 

1 in 2 children in child labour are between 5 and 11 years old

152 million children between the ages of 5 and 17
across the world are in child labour 

 COVID-19 puts more children at risk of engaging in child labour
Child labour is work that
deprives children of their childhood,

their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful 

to physical and mental development.
Many combine school with
long hours of work

and cannot fully benefit from education
Child labour has
declined by almost 40% since 2000
 

Ending child labour is possible!

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