United Nations Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Open for all
  • Opportunity ID 41859

Opportunity Description

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched the Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge, which encourages young people to express their love of peace through music. The #Youth4Disarmament competition aims to highlight what Disarmament means to youth worldwide by encouraging them to create their music inspired by the Secretary-Agenda Generals for Disarmament.

Organized by: United Nations (UN)
Sponsored by: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
Financially Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
Application Deadline: August 12, 2022

Prizes & Benefits:

The winning works will be chosen from a total of 9 entries. A distinguished team of judges will choose a first-place, second-place, and third-place winner from each age category. The winning pieces will be unveiled at a special event featuring distinguished speakers. The winners will describe their motivation for entering the contest and, if possible, will be invited to perform live. If the performer is unable to do so, a recording of the winning piece will be played instead.

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  • The first-place winners will receive $500
  • The second-place winners will receive $250
  • The third-place winners will receive $100.
  • The winning entries will be displayed on the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs’ websites and social media pages and the #Youth4Disarmament movement.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge is accessible to young people of all nations between the ages of 13 and 29. Submissions will be accepted and judged in three age groups: 13-18 (middle and high school), 19-24 (college and graduate school), and 25-29 (college and graduate school) (early career professionals).
  • There are no restrictions on the number of artists who can enter a submission together; entrants can be soloists, duos, choirs, bands, and so on. Entrants acknowledge the entire terms and conditions of the contest by submitting a submission. There is no admission fee of any kind.
  • Entries that are deemed to have been submitted improperly, inappropriately, or incompletely will be disqualified.
  • Incomplete entries that do not meet the theme, eligibility, or guidelines will be disqualified. The UN has the right to verify any entry’s eligibility and reject any entrant who submits an entry that does not comply with these rules or tampers with the entry process.
  • For inspiration, original soundtracks should reflect one of the four pillars of the Secretary-Agenda General’s for Disarmament:
  1. Disarmament to save humanity,
  2. Disarmament to save lives,
  3. Disarmament for future generations,
  4. Strengthening Partnerships for Disarmament.

Entry Specifications:

  • Content: Create a musical piece that expresses what Disarmament means to you and your local communities, using the Secretary General’s Disarmament Agenda as a guide.
  • Audio Length: must not exceed 2 minutes and 20 seconds
  • Audio file size and format: The maximum file size is 8 MB. File formats include mp3, m4a, and ogg.
  • Language: The entry may be written in any language. If feasible, please offer an English translation of the transcript. Please supply lyrics in the original language to be utilized for translation if a language other than English is used.
  • Style or Form: The musical entry can be from any genre or format of music (i.e., classical, pop, rap, instrumental, etc.)
  • Originality: All work must be unique. No entries will be accepted or considered if they are believed to use derivative material that could be regarded plagiaristic in whole or in part. The use of items in the public domain is permitted. Only copyrighted items are permitted if the entrant(s) have the required permissions or licenses.
  • Permissions: Entrants are responsible for getting permission and licenses to use any copyrighted material featured in the film and gaining the consent of everyone appearing in the entry.
  • Submission: A maximum of two entries are allowed if the content differs from one entry to the other. 

How to apply for United Nations Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge?

Entries should be submitted through the link below.

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The Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge began on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the fourth anniversary of the Secretary-Disarmament General’s Agenda, and will end on Friday, August 12, 2022. (International Youth Day). The winners will be revealed on September 21, 2022. (International Day of Peace).

Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be used to evaluate all entries:

  • Musical technique
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Theme
  • Performance
  • Overall impression.

For further information about the United Nations Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge, please visit the United Nations website

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