Songwriting & Singing

Note: In terms of picking which websites, and especially, which musicians best exemplify the transformative power of music, we face an seemingly infinite task. Here are some artists and organizations we’ve discovered or that readers have suggested to us. Please send more links for us to consider adding:


Best Social Protest Songs (one organization’s opinion)

Bold Songs contest: what songs do you believe make the world better?

Foundation for Music & Healing, The Foundation for Music and Healing, Inc. is a non-profit, community based organization which seeks to provide the benefits of music to those who never thought it possible.  It was created in 2003 to bring the benefits of music to exceptional people with special needs and disabilities.  Instruction in piano, voice, dance movement, guitar and general music activities is provided on a weekly basis to scores of students who range in age from toddlers to adults.

Healing Music & Sound: Selected bibliography and discography

Hearts Singing, The Mission of Heart’s Singing Healing Center is to assist individuals in finding each of our unique expressions and living those expressions in the Highest Potential.

Institute for Music and Health, The Institute for Music and Health (IMH), formerly CPD Music LLC, is a major center based in New York’s Hudson Valley providing specialized training and service for those interested in using music for wellness. We are dedicated to promoting, disseminating and teaching the work of John Diamond MD, a world authority in utilizing the arts in healing, for wellness, and for building community, through a variety of specially designed programs for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

International Journal of Community Music

Just Plain Folks, Just Plain Folks is a community of over 51,500 Songwriters, Recording Artists and Music Industry Professionals — and host to the world’s largest independent music awards. Our organization was created to provide a network of cooporation and inclusion for musicians. We welcome you to join us — membership is free!

Music for Healing and Transition Program, The Music for Healing & Transition Program, Inc.™ (MHTP) professionally trains and certifies musicians to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside to create a healing environment. We collaborate with healthcare facilities and community organizations to educate about, and promote research in, the effectiveness of therapeutic music in the healing process and the life/death transition.

Music Magazines directory

Music Rising, Music Rising was launched to rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf region of the United States from the destruction caused by the catastrophic hurricanes of the summer of 2005 by replacing musical instruments lost or destroyed in the deluge.

“The Power of Music: The Transformed Moment” from Healing Health website

Protest Songs listing, and another listing of protest songs, and another one

Public Domain Foundation promotes and facilitates the creation of cause-related music and furthers its impact upon issues and organizations of social and political justice.

Singer-Songwriter Directories: Search in all genres

Songs of Protest: Article in The Nation

Songs of the Times listing

Spiritual Healing Music Network, This website has been created to provide a safe, spiritual haven for those seeking understanding, recovery, and purpose.

Strange Fruit: PBS special on protest songs

Teaching Community Music Through African Drumming

Teachstreet offers workshops widely, including on music and social change.

Singer/Songwriter Sites:

Bono & U2: Hearts & Minds

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Cockburn Project: Music, writings and activism of Bruce Cockburn

Leonard Cohen

Judy Collins, Book: Singing Lessons

Bob Dylan

Greg Greenway

Carl Gunther, Songs for Social Change

Healing Singing business

Kelley Hunt and her music site, and Brave Voice retreats and performances

Joni Mitchell

Needle in the Groove, Women singing for social change

Tommy Sands, legendary singer-songwriter and peace and justice activist

Pete Seeger, songwriter, singer, activist. Interview with Seeger.

Bruce Springsteen

Eddie Vedder talks about music and activism