2017 Theme

Each year The Philadelphia Songwriters Project hopes to give a Theme (or prompt) to inspire new songs. The past year with it’s epic losses in the music world, it’s contentious and unprecedented election, the division felt in our country has given rise to many emotions, observations and insights. This highly emotional and tumultuous season is the perfect soil for amazing songs.

The Theme of the 2017 contest is “Songs Of Our Time”. Songwriters have always been the historians of culture and like every generation in the past with their encapsulation of the times… this time in history deserves it’s expression and we want to hear it.

It might be helpful to have examples of what we’re looking for…

1920’s – The Anthem for The Great Depression   “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” 
1960’s – The Fight for Civil Rights – “ Blowin In The Wind”  Bob Dylan
Many feel that this song captures the spirit of social and political upheaval that characterized the 1960s. “The Times They Are A Changing” Bob Dylan
The emergence of the hippie/ Peace & Love youth culture “Woodstock”  Joni Mitchell
1970’s – Written to protest the Kent State Massacre “Ohio”  Crosby, Stills & Nash
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Gil Scott- Heron
1980’s –  Civil Rights “Fight The Power” Public Enemy
“Changes”- TuPac
LGBTQ  -Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2016 – What might the thoughts of Barack Obama on the election and Donald Trump  “Seriously”  Sara Bareilles