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Frequently asked questions about the Song Contest

In the following you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Song Contest.

The Song Contest “Dein Song für EINE WELT!” (Your song for ONE WORLD) calls on children, teenagers and young adults aged between 10 and 25 to musically deal with the topics of ONE WORLD and to write and compose their own songs on these topics.

You must be aged between 10 and 25 to take part in the song contest. Furthermore, you should not be a member of GEMA or a licensing agency. The song content must address global topics (here you can find our explanation on what we mean by global topics) and the song may be a maximum of 3:50 minutes long. An instrumental accompaniment is not a requirement; a sung melody is enough to participate.

If you have signed an agreement with GEMA, any other copyright collective or licensing agency, you can only participate in the song contest if you can present a certificate of exemption from GEMA for your song before the closing date.

You can write your song in any language. Of course, we can check your song faster if you supply a German translation of any lyrics in foreign languages, however, that is not a requirement for participation.

No. The lyrics and music must be written or rather composed by you.

All formations are allowed! Soloists, bands, choirs and everyone else who enjoys music may participate.

Registration is a two-step process: You must first register with a valid email address via the registration tool. Registration will be possible from 28.01.2021.

Note: If you are participating with a group, then you must name a contact person. This person must register on behalf of the group using his or her e-mail address.

Once you have successfully registered, you can log in, add all necessary information to your profile, upload your song and submit it.

In order to properly submit your entry, you need

  • Your song as an audio or video file; permitted file formats are:.avi, .eps, .jpg, .jpeg, .flv, .gif, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg, .ods, .pdf, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .raw, .tiff, .wma, .wav, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx;
  • If you are in a group with more than ten musicians, this table with the names and dates of birth of all participants (Note: Only the participants that you entered upon registration and/or that are listed on the table are officially registered for the Song Contest as members of the group, no additional participants can be subsequently registered and prizes are non-transferable),
  • Optional: an artist/band description, photos or further information that you would like to share with us,
  • Optional: lyrics in German as a Word or pdf file (for lyrics in other languages than German, with translation).

Songs for the fourth round may be submitted until the closing date on 16th June 2021.

We need the first name, last name and date of birth of all people involved in the creation of your song. Please ensure that no participants are older than 25 and no participants are younger than 10 on the closing date (i.e., on 16th June 2021). Once songs have been preselected by the preliminary jury, a copy of passports/ID documents will be requested.

A partnership with musicians from abroad is not a criterion in selecting the winning songs. However, songs that have been created in collaboration with musicians from countries of the Global South qualify for the “Cooperative Collaboration” special prize. Songs referencing the African continent in terms of content and that involve artists from African countries are also eligible for the Special Africa Prize.

Pupils or rather children, teenagers and young adults from Germany and countries of the Global South between the ages of 10 and 25 may take part in the Song Contest. Here is a list of the of permitted countries outside Germany.

There are money and material prizes to be won with a total value of 70,000 euros, and all participants will receive a personal certificate from the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. The best songs will be professionally produced in a studio for the EINE WELT album (ONE WORLD album). Relevant coaching sessions and workshops will impart useful knowledge to the winners on how to raise awareness of their issue. Furthermore, the “Cooperative Collaboration”, “Africa” and “Best Song Lyrics” special prizes will be awarded. An overview of all prizes is available here.

The winning song will be the EINE WELT song (ONE WORLD song) and shall accompany the School Competition on Development Policy as the anthem. It wins a spoton the EINE WELT album (ONE WORLD album) including production in the studio and a professional music video shoot.

All participants still under the age of 18 on the closing date must have a consent form signed by their parents and sent to us (one consent form per minor). Please remember that you and your parents must sign the declaration. Unfortunately, we cannot publish your song until we have received the consent form.

Important: If you are the contact person in your group and are already 18 years old, but other musicians are still minors, they must still submit a consent form.

Underage participants from abroad must also send us a consent form signed by their parents, if they are not yet 18.

The declaration of consent must be sent by post or as a scan by e-mail. Print out the declaration of consent and have it signed by your parents. Please send the declaration of consent by e-mail to songcontest(at) or by post to the following address:

Song Contest „Dein Song für EINE WELT!“

Engagement Global gGmbH
Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40
53113 Bonn

Note: Postage charges for sending by post will not be reimbursed.

After the deadline has passed, you have another week to submit your parents’ declaration of consent (if sending by post, the date as postmarked applies).

Your song will only be published once we receive the declaration of consent.

In an internal selection procedure, a total of 30 winning songs as well as up to 5 finalist songs for the special prizes will be determined by a preliminary jury. From these 30 winning songs and the special prizes finalists, an independent main jury (experts in education, music and media) will then select the special and recognition awards, the 20 songs for the EINE WELT (ONE WORLD) album and the top 5 selection for the main prizes.

The top 5 candidates will present their songs in a further performance before the main jury, which will then determine the EINE WELT song (ONE WORLD song) and the second and third prizes.

The preliminary jury consists of representatives from Engagement Global, partners and patrons of the Song Contest and music experts. The main jury consists of independent experts from the fields of schools, music, global learning and the media.

The jurors for the 2019 Song Contest were:

  • Partners: Polina Boyko, SPIESSER Editor-in-Chief | Malte Pfau, Kindernothilfe e.V. | Jens Raygrotzki, Plan International Deutschland e.V. | Carolin Runte, Christoffel-Blindenmission e.V. | Frank Schneider, Verband deutscher Musikschulen e.V.
  • Patrons/music: Don Cali, musician (Culcha Candela) | Dave Davis, cabaret artist, music producer and comedian | Andre Fischer, Song Contest winner | Stephan Glöckner, musician | Niko Hüls, Managing Director BACKSPIN Media | Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, musician | Philip Lenk and Oscar Ureta, musicians (Kafvka) | Mathea, musician | Arne Müller and Sebastian Tomaszewski, musicians (Banda Internationale) | Albert N'Sanda, musician (Gorilla Funk) | Tobias Rotsch, lecturer at the Institute for Musicology and Music Education at the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster | Jessica Schöne, KiKA LIVE presenter | Prof. Dr. Ilka Siedenburg, Professor of Music Education at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster | Johnny Strange, Musician (Gorilla Funk)
  • Global learning/global development: Sabine Cordes, Primary School am Wingster Wald | Dr. Dolly Conto Obregón, Chairperson of the House of Latin American Cultures | David K. Ehlers, Lecturer Centre for World Music | Kahbit Ebob Enow, Board AfricAvenir International e.V. | Katrin Frey, Deputy Rapporteur of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs | Camilla Hildebrandt, Project Manager Deutsche Welle Academy Latin America | Christoph Lammen, Deputy Regional Coordinator UNESCO Schools NRW | Klaus Schilling, Federal Coordinator UNESCO Project Schools | Erika Takano-Forck, Deputy Chair of the Federal Parents' Council

After the official closing date for entries, all published songs can be accessed on the Song Contest website for user voting purposes. Users can vote for your song by e-mail or SMS for a period of three weeks. The song ranked first in the user voting will be awarded the Public’s Prize and will be one of the winning songs on the EINE WELT album (ONE WORLD album Songs ranked second to fifth in the user voting will receive recognition awards.

Yes! In the evaluation, our preliminary jury will pay particular attention to the potential of your song. If you have written good lyrics and composed a nice melody to go with them, your song is definitely in with a chance of being one of the best entries! Especially for songwriters there is also a special prize for the best song lyrics in this round!

However: Lyrics themselves are not enough – we will definitely need a melody as an audio file to rate your entry, even if it is just humming that you have recorded on your phone.

The prizes are awarded per entry/song. However, all participants receive a certificate with their name on.

Age is considered when rating songs, however prizes are not awarded to different age groups.

The results of the preliminary jury are expected to be announced in September 2021, the results of the first main jury sitting (top 5, album places and special prizes) are expected to follow in October 2021, and places 1-3 are expected to be announced in December 2021.

If you experience problems registering or have other questions regarding the Song Contest, you can contact the team by e-mailing songcontest(at) or by phoning the office on +49 (0)228 20717 2347.