National competition submissions are accepted from individual students, organized groups and whole classes throughout 2020 due to coronavirus concerns

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Keeta Jones


WASHINGTON, April 2, 2020 – The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is calling on U.S. students to submit art and lyrics inspired by the motto, “Importance of Sound for Society and the World,” and song, “The Sound of the World,” as part of the International Year of Sound 2020 celebration.

K-12 students across the U.S. can participate in “The Sound of the World” – an international competition for primary, middle and secondary students from all over the world. It is also an opportunity to include an element of STEM education for so many students in need of enriching curriculum while being away from school due to coronavirus concerns.

ASA will be coordinating and judging entries from the United States. Those winners will go on to the international competition, which includes a singing program and Power Point presentation. To enter the U.S. competition and get more details about what you need, visit

“As many search for online curriculum to keep students engaged and learning, collaborating on projects focused on the motto and song of the International Year of Sound is a great way to keep kids involved in art and science,” said Keeta Jones, education and outreach coordinator for ASA.

With many classrooms around the world closed due to the impact of the coronavirus, ASA is encouraging instructors and parents to use virtual learning to connect students for the competition.

Participants can be students: as individual or organized in groups and whole classes, considered as representatives of their school.

The competition has two categories:

  • Primary and middle school students are asked to produce drawings, pictures, patchworks, collages and other artwork inspired by the motto of the International Year of Sound, “Importance of Sound for Society and the World,” and the song “The Sound of the World.”
  • Secondary school students are asked to write a stanza of four verses in their native language that are inspired by the same motto and song.

The International Year of Sound committee is extending the sound celebration into 2021. Events that needed to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions can be rescheduled during 2021 and considered part of the event.

“We must guarantee to the world that the Year of Sound is not cancelled by the virus, and that right after this difficult period, the beautiful ‘Sound of the World’ will be heard again by everyone,” said Sergio Luzzi, a coordinating committee member for events and the student competition.


“The Sound of the World” is available at in mp3 form with the lyrics and music sheet available as a pdf. All entries must be received by each countries’ representative organization by Dec. 31, 2020.

For U.S. entries, the winners will be chosen by the Acoustical Society of America and receive cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100. Six national winners, three from each category will be selected and advance to the international competition. International competition details and forms can be found at

The evaluation of the international entries will begin on Feb. 1, 2021 and conclude on March 15, 2021. The announcement of the winners will be in 2021 in association with a major international acoustics meeting.

Contacts for representatives from each country can be found at



The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year.


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