What is the project?
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is looking to compile a "paddling playlist" of original songs about the Susquehanna River or the waterways that feed into it.
We are encouraging musicians throughout the 11,000-mile middle Susquehanna watershed (including all areas that feed into the North and West branches of the river) to write and record songs about the river's benefits, beauty, threats facing the river and/or chronicling special moments spent on our waterways. Musicians whose songs are ultimately selected for the final playlist will be eligible for incentives/prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
Why are we doing this?
It is much harder to get out and enjoy our region's system of waterways in the winter, and COVID has restricted our ability to offer in-person events and engage/educate those in our watershed about the benefits and threats facing the river.
Some of the main reasons behind doing this project include:
Who can get involved
We encourage anyone who feels compelled to put pen to paper and fingers to piano keys or guitar strings to submit a song from their heart about our most important natural resource. Age and experience level are not factors -- we really want a full list of potential songs from which we can find the most impactful.
Every person has a story, and this allows a different sort of way to share that story while helping promote and protect our river and its tributaries. Our goal is to create a final playlist that is diverse in its style and really helps engage and spark excitement among people throughout the region.
How to submit
Rules and selection ...
incentives & Exposure
Those who submit songs selected for the final 2021 Songs of the Susquehanna playlist will be eligible for incentives donated by businesses and individuals within the watershed. Among the items available for musicians who are involved with this year's project:
A growing number of radio stations are expressing interest in promoting this project, doing interviews and ultimately playing some of the most impactful songs on the air. We plan to share a list of those stations as they are finalized.