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Musicians Wanted for Seeds of Kindness 4: Shine Together

Denis D.
Denis D. schrieb am 16.11.2014

About one more month is left to the release of Shine Together,
our fifth charity album!



Thanks to the tremendous work of the music community, the ongoing
Seeds of Kindness 3
fund-raiser together with our three previous fund-raisers have
raised about $150,000 from online donations alone, supporting
various Your Siblings and Engineers Without Borders projects in
Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania. We incorporated a few suggestions
and rule changes to make this work even better for the musicians,
and we would like to ask for your help to support the outstanding
work of the Against
Malaria Foundation
!



Soft deadline: November 22nd, 2014

Hard deadline: December 10th, 2014

Release date: December 20th, 2014



The Charity. There is no middle man. All the money donated
will go directly to the Against
Malaria Foundation
and will only be used to purchase
insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). Donations will be tax-deductible
in the US, Canada, and most of Western Europe. Each donation will
be publicly allocated to a specific program and extensive
tracking, predistribution, and postdistribution reports will be
published online.



Half the world’s population is at risk of malaria. In 2012, about
627,000 people died of the disease, the equivalent of four Boeing
747 crashing every day with no survivors. On average, one person
dies of malaria every minute. (WHO
2013
)



LLINs are mosquito nets, usually bed nets, that not only
physically protect against malaria-infected mosquitoes but are
also treated with an insecticide that lasts for several years and
in that time kills any mosquitoes that may otherwise be able to
find possible gaps or tears in the net. At a price of just about
$3, bed nets are a thoroughly
proven
, highly effective means of protection against
malaria. Depending on the region they also protect from other
diseases transmitted by the same vector species, such as dengue fever, yellow
fever, and forms of encephalitis
.



The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), founded in 2004, supports
local distributors by funding the hundreds
of thousands of nets
that are needed in LLIN distributions.
AMF stands out because of its strong
commitment to transparency and self-evaluation
. (From Your
Siblings’ summary of AMF
.)



Here is a TEDx
talk by Dr. Toby Ord
, the founder of Giving What We Can,
explaining effective altruism and the logic behind our choice to
support a highly effective charity such as the Against Malaria
Foundation.







What changed. This album will operate on a
pay-what-you-want basis and a free download for the album will be
provided, so you may release your song as soon as the album is
out. For the sake of musicians who submit their songs early, there
is a set release date this time around. It does mean that we will
get less breathing room to give feedback and help entries that are
close to making the cut, so we recommend that you submit before
the “soft deadline” to make that still possible.



What you can submit.


  • It does not have to be pony: Pony and nonpony songs are
    equally welcome.

  • Remixing and sampling: No copyrighted material can be used,
    and we cannot accept entries that remix, sample, or cover the
    show either (sorry, we really can’t). Submitting a remix
    requires the composers’ permission. Collabs are encouraged!

  • Theme: There is no specific theme or genre restriction
    besides common sense. Don’t make anything angry, creepy, or
    overly depressing (but sad is fine) and your song should have
    no problem fitting in.

  • Length: There is no set length restriction, and most
    importantly, short songs are just as welcome as longer pieces
    are. Don’t stretch your song solely to fit a given length –
    this was perhaps the most common issue with entries for the
    previous albums.

  • Number of entries: You can submit as many songs as you want
    (within reason). Two songs from the same artist can get in
    without any problem, but over that number (not counting
    collabs), we might only take the best two of them.

  • How to submit. Please send an email to smile.bfg@gmail.com,
    with the subject “[ST]” followed by your user name, and include
    the following:

  • An MP3 file without the artist’s name in its title or meta
    data, hosted on a service that offers streaming (preferably
    Mediafire or Box.com). Please make sure to take the sharing
    link rather than copy-pasting from your URL bar. You may check
    your link by accessing it while logged out, e.g., using
    private browsing.

  • A lossless file (preferably FLAC or AIFF) uploaded on a
    third-party hosting service, not sent as an attachment. We
    tend to see a lot of Dropbox links dying when we need them, so
    please be careful.

  • Your preferred artist name and a link for credit (YouTube
    channel, Soundcloud, etc.).

  • Lyrics, if applicable.

  • You can upload your song on YouTube when the album is released,
    but please do not make your song public until then. However, feel
    free to upload previews or ask for feedback!



    If you have any questions, you can email us at smile.bfg@gmail.com or ask
    in the My
    Little Remix thread
    .