Invite friends and neighbors to your home on October 21, 2017 to sing your favorite songs. Here’s a list of suggested singalong songs in English. Sing along to the original recordings or to piano or guitar. Take photos and video and post to social media with the hashtag #worldsingingday. Live stream your gathering on Facebook Live.
Get a local singer/songwriter to lead a singalong in a coffee shop, cafe, bar, pub, or public space. Stream live on Facebook.
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You can organize your own singalong for the whole community on October 21, 2017. To make it easier for you, World Singing Day also offers singalong packages.
The goal is to connect and celebrate your community with this inclusive, joyful event.
Invite one or more local choirs, schools, or civic groups to lead the public in singing.
Form a committee to organize and promote the event.
Choose a time and location for the event, and a backup site if necessary (in case of bad weather).
Reserve venue, pay rental fee, or get usage permit if in a public area (e.g. on city property).
Inquire if general liability insurance is needed. For insurance, try your personal insurance carrier (e.g. Farmers, GEICO, Progressive).
Make a list of possible songs. Songs should be familiar or easy to sing, inclusive in nature, and not political or religious (e.g. Beatles, musicals, current radio hits, folk songs). Choose songs that are popular in your country and community. Here’s a sample list for English-speaking communities in North America, the U.K., and Australia/New Zealand) song list.
Acquire Special Event music performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, and/or SESAC or from your country’s performing rights organizations.
Sheet music is not necessary since this is a singalong and not a performance and you’ll be singing the melody along to the original recordings (not karaoke).
Choose an MC for the event (e.g. the city mayor, a choir director, a local celebrity).
You’ll need a microphone, mic stand, amp, mixer, laptop, speakers and speaker stands. A podium is nice for the MC.
Create lyric booklets (sample) to distribute to the public, including info about each group. Ask local merchants and businesses to sponsor the printing.
Video record your event with a phone or video camera to share the recording on social media (use hashtag #worldsingingday) and on YouTube.
Invite local schools, clubs, and organizations to help get the word out and to sing, and businesses to help pay for expenses.