The Sound of the World

A competition for students around the world

The U.S. winners are…

Arabelle Elliott
1st (tied) in Primary/Middle School category
Girl sitting on the moon listening to the music of the spheres

Caius Elliot
1st (tied) for in Primary/Middle School category
Caius playing music helping a person with Alzheimer's disease remember how to walk.

Mary McNally
1st in Secondary School category

music is
what we should feel
sound is there

The International Winners have been announced! Click here to view the winning entries. 

Competition Details

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: The U.S. submission deadline has been postponed to April 30, 2021. More details are on the main International Year of Sound 2020 competition website:

Two Age Categories

Entries can be submitted by individual students or by groups of students. Groups can be from within a class or a whole class. Competition and submission details in the following link: IYS-2020_Competition-Regulations

Primary and Middle School

Competition for students ages 5 to 12 years old – Students are asked to produce hand-made drawings, pictures, patchworks, collages and similar, related to their world of sounds, inspired by the the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World” and, possibly, by melody and refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World”.

Secondary School

Competition for students aged 13 to 18 years old – Students are asked to write a stanza of 4 verses in mother tongue and/or in English, inspired by the melody and the refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World” as well as by the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World”.

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will award cash prizes to US Finalists!

US participants must send submissions to Each scanned entry must be in submitted in PDF format and A4 dimension for primary and middle school submissions, together with the Participant Form filled with data and a short description (max 50 words) of the item. The size of each submitted file must not exceed 5 MB.

The song “The Sound Of The World” is now available. This is a professional version of the song in which the refrain and an example of stanza are played and sung by a band. Visit to download different versions of the song.

The following documents contain music, lyrics and chords of the refrain and of a stanza that has been written as an example for students to guide them in writing their stanzas.

Sheet Music – The music sheet in this file represents notes, chords and text of the refrain on the music staff, so students and teachers can play it. Lyrics and Chords – This “tablature” version may be useful for those that want to accompany playing guitar, without knowing how to read musical notation.




  • US participants must send items to the IYS2020 US National Representative, Keeta Jones by 30 April, 2021 Anyone outside of the US should visit for submission information.
  • ASA selects three US finalists in each category, awarded as National winners by 31 May 2021
  • Evaluation from Expert Jury and Web Jury will take place from 1 June 2021 to 15 July 2021
  • International Winners will be announced by 15 September 2021