XQ Music and Activism Challenge ft. SOL Development

Create a song that shines a light on an issue that matters most to you.

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XQ #MakeASongChallenge ft. SOL Development

We are inviting students (ages 13-21) to enter the first XQ #MakeASongChallenge for a chance to work with the Oakland-based hip hop and R&B quartet SOL Development. How? Create an original song or lyric that touches on issues important to you.

Prize package:

  • Top 5 upvoted submissions will receive home studio equipment
  • First 100 submissions will receive iTunes gift cards for $20
  • Top entries will receive special interviews, amplification, and a response video from SOL Development

You don’t need to be experienced to participate. We are looking for heart and soul, and we want to hear what matters to you.

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TIMELINE

Nov 10: Sign-ups open

Dec 14: Challenge begins

Jan 14: Submissions close & public voting begins

Jan 28: Voting ends

Feb 11: SOL Development releases reaction video and feedback to select submissions

THE STEPS: Here’s What You’ll Do

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

Sign up to learn the ins and outs of creating your own song. We’ll notify you when the Challenge launches.

CREATE YOUR SONG

Watch videos, dig into resources, and learn from SOL Development as they lead you through the process.

SUBMIT YOUR SONG

Upload your own song and artist statement.

LISTEN AND VOTE

Check out songs from others, and share your feedback.

GET FEEDBACK

Get comments from the community. Top entries get feedback from SOL Development

EARN THE XQ MUSIC AND ACTIVISM BADGE

Upon completion, you will earn the XQ Music and Activism badge!

 

ABOUT SOL DEVELOPMENT:

SOL Development (Source of Light), is a hip hop, jazz and soul ensemble that mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing. Based in Oakland California, members of the musical group SOL Development are Karega Bailey, Felicia Gangloff-Bailey, Lauren Adam and Brittany Tanner.

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