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A consortium of eight African, European and international partners joins forces with the European Union to create new opportunities and mobilise stakeholders to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development.

Culture at Work Africa takes up the challenge raised by the African Union and its vision for 2063 for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

Culture@Work Africa consortium now launches a contest to select a song that addresses the themes of intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity.


  1. Culture@Work Africa Songwriting Contest is open to songwriters/performers (minimum age 18 years) from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  2. Each song submitted must be the contestant’s original work and he/she must either be the sole owner or the transferee of the intellectual property rights. By entering the contest, participants retain full intellectual property rights of their song. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Contestants shall submit one song only together with the signed application form (Annex 1).
  3. Lyrics may be in any language, but all artists are required to submit an English or French translation of the lyrics with their entry. For English or French language entries, lyrics need to be submitted as well.
  4. Songs of any aesthetic/ genre can be submitted. Instrumental only songs will not be considered eligible.
  5. The winner will be chosen by a panel of 3 judges composed by members of the Culture@Work Africa project, under the guidance of the International Music Council. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics related to the topic of the contest. The quality of the recording might impact the evaluation.
  6. The winner will be published on the Culture@Work Africa website in March 2020 (www.cultureatworkafrica.net) and notified by email or telephone and must sign and return a rights authorization form within 14 days of the notification date. The form will state that the winning song is an original work and that the winner holds all the rights. The winning artist is requested to give the royalty-free and non-exclusive right to use the song for 7 years for non-commercial purposes by the Culture@Work Africa consortium to promote its activities. No fee will be due by Culture at Work Africa for this use except for payment to the collecting society where the winner is registered and if the conditions for such payment are met. Failure to sign and return the form within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

Submissions must be sent by email to the following email address: info@cultureatworkafrica.net.

Submissions must contain:

  1. The application form
  2. The lyrics (in doc or pdf)
  3. The song (in Mp3, Wav or Flac format)

If the files are too heavy, a WeTransfer, Dropbox or similar system can be used to transfer them. An accompanying video is desirable but not mandatory.

Deadline for submission: February 3, 2020 at 12:00 (GMT)


The winner will be invited to perform the winning song at an event organized in the framework of Culture@Work Africa in Brussels and/or Addis Abeba in the spring 2021. The prize covers one (1) return ticket from/to the country of origin as well as accommodation and meals for one person the duration of 3 days. In case the winner wishes to perform with other musicians, he/she shall take care of the transport and all related expenses.

Moreover, the winner will benefit from exposure through the communication tools of Culture@Work Africa.