Born out of the desire to transcend the global crisis we are all experiencing, Conspirare aspires to create a new repertoire of songs that fuels a song movement. We envision a collection of songs from around the country and the world emerging from the experience of “breathing together” apart. We seek a future filled with songs for all people to sing—alone or together, near or far, for the concert hall or at home. We imagine a songbook and song movement that celebrates and elevates freedom—our individual freedom and the reality that each of us is freedom inhabiting a body form. We invite songs that express the contributions of everyone. We hope this songbook will be a force for healing, empowerment, and unity in the remaking of our world.
Welcome Letter to Friends of Song
Click below for a letter from the curators of this project welcoming you to this project!
When are submissions due?
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. You are free to submit your song at any time.
How do I submit my song?
- Download an .XML template file for your song. Please use this template when submitting your composition.
- Complete out the Songbook Submission form below. You will receive an email confirmation with the information you provided to us.
What materials do I need to submit?
- A digital file of your song (.PDF)
- An audio recording of your song (optional, but helpful for our review process!)
What format do the songs need to be in for submission?
We prefer submissions that include both an audio file and sheet music. Please use the templates below for sheet music submissions. At this stage, please upload your file as a PDF.
Audio only (.mp3) submissions are also welcome. Please indicate this on your form.
All submissions will be acknowledged regardless of submitted format.
Is there a composer's fee?
Do we expect composers to allow us exclusive use or may they publish their song elsewhere?
Summary of Agreement
Composers whose songs are selected for the songbook will need to complete a commissioning agreement provided by Conspirare. Below is a summary of this agreement:
- The work is licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license from Creative Commons.
- There is a temporary exclusivity clause, allowing us the option to make the first commercial audio and/or video recording of your piece.
- You will obtain the needed permissions for any text for which you either a) do not own the copyright or b) is not in the public domain.
- Composers will be asked to grant permission to re-engrave your piece in order to meet visual guidelines (font, note size, etc.).
When will the songbook be available?
More details about this will be coming soon. We will continue to update the songbook on a monthly basis as submissions are collected and reviewed.
Where can I find more information?
Click on the button below to download a template to transcribe your piece to a digital format. There are templates available for both 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Depending on the software you are using, you will need to download the correct file type. Below is a list of files that are supported by a few different songwriting software programs.
Finale – .xml, .mxl, .musicxml
MuseScore – .xml, .mxl, .musicxml
Sibelius – .musicXML
Dorico – .musicXML
Noteflight – .XML import
Please fill out the form below to submit your work for consideration in the songbook. We are collecting information to be able to share more information about the creators of the songs. The headshot and biographical information you provide below will be published along your song or poem on the Songs of Connection webpage. Mailing addresses will not be published.