For decades, singers have used their voices to lash out against glaring problems in our society: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” lays bare American racism; Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” one of our beloved folk songs, rails against poverty and hunger; anti-war protest songs set youth culture ablaze during the Vietnam war; and America’s beloved pop stars vowed to end African famine with “We Are The World.” Music has always been a vital art form to use in the fight against society’s ailments, and now you can add your voice to fray and help battle a terrible underground industry that ruins lives.
A New Cause
Human trafficking is not a new problem, but it is an evolving one. The United States is home to a large human trafficking industry, with thousands of voiceless people being forced into labor or exploited sexually – many of these are our own country’s runaways. What if you could shine a light on this huge, illicit industry that ruins the lives of so many? Now is the time to use your musical talents for a cause. Make music have real meaning again.
What You Can Do To Join The Fight
If you want to use your talents as a weapon against the shadowy human trafficking industry, now is the time. Cover any song by Sting or The Police, make a video for the song, and enter it in the Rock Against Trafficking Sting Cover Contest. Sting has been on the forefront of artist activism and human rights since the 1980s, working with Amnesty International, Live Earth, Live 8, and continues to donate his time and money to charities involved with human rights and ending poverty.
The videos will be judged by TalentWatch users and two music industry legends (names to be announced soon). If you win, you will be flown out to Malibu to record a song that will be included on Set Them Free, an album to raise awareness about the large and destructive force of human trafficking. That means your voice will be heard alongside legends such as Fergie, Slash, Steven Tyler, Heart, Julian Lennon, En Vogue, Glenn Hughes and Andy Fraser.
Enter The Rock Against Trafficking Sting Cover Contest
Here’s your opportunity to not only make a big difference in the fight against trafficking, but to also get to record in a professional production setting, spend some time in beautiful Malibu, and have the chance to catch the eye of not only a lot of listeners, but also the staff of BuTown Entertainment. You may even get a record deal if your work strikes the right chord with producer Gary Miller.
It all starts right now. If you or your band want to join the fight against human trafficking, join TalentWatch and get to work. See contest details here.