Art & Music Can Change the World - Share Your Talent and Stand Up for Peace!

When Music and Art Meet Politics to Represent Activism for Peace: Make Everything Possible!

Our world is facing difficult times. As we continue to overcome growing division, intolerance and injustice all over the World, we believe artists and musicians can play a vital role in unifying divided societies.

It’s time to show the Power of Unity!

This second worldwide World Citizen Artists Awards initiative ‘Compete for Peace – Not War’ has reunited some of the most influential nonprofit organisations, musicians and artists to make it possible for emergent and established artists alike to be recognised for works that promote ‘Peace’ and have the chance to win a World Citizen Artists Award.

In the jury, you’ll find nonprofit organisations the Bob Marley Foundation and the Gandhi Foundation, music celebrities such as Fat Freddy’s Drop and photography celebrities Tim Page and Lisa Kristine. World Citizen Artists partners Nomfusi, Belgravia Gallery, Emmanuel Jal and Playing for Change will also take part.







Visual Arts: painting, street art, graphic art, sculpture




The ‘Citizen of the World‘ statuettes, made by sculptor Lorri Acott, will be given to each award recipient of the two categories in the competition: Music and Visual Arts
The first ‘Compete for Peace – Not war’ initiative was celebrated at the Belgravia Gallery in 2014. The second Peace Award initiative will be celebrated at the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on February 6, 2018. The music award recipient will be welcome to join the event in Jamaica and perform his/her Award winning song at the Bob Marley Museum, where the yearly celebration takes place (optional)



World Citizen Artists
was launched in June 2014 to harness the expressive power of creativity as a way of raising global awareness and responsibility. The movement comprises artists from more than forty countries around the world and has an active online magazine accessible at Artist Voices.

The Bob Marley Foundation
is an independent, nonprofit organization, that focuses on the delivery of Social Interventions through Education, Culture, Environment and Sustainable Community Development. Bob Marley had a passion for people of all races, ages and religions who were at-risk and vulnerable. The Marley family’s intent and motivation is to fulfill the vision of the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley O M. The Foundation was developed upon these guiding principles, with the aim of relieving poverty, while reaching those in need through One Love.

The Gandhi Foundation 
promotes nonviolence, egalitarian economics, simple lifestyles, grassroots democracy, tolerance and pluralism, and respect for animals. Gandhi is one of the most significant figures of modern times. He began as an insignificant individual with no particular talents and gradually became a remarkable human being. He considered that everyone has the potential for ethical and spiritual growth and that community is the most effective basis for our development. Gandhi’s ideas have a relevance beyond his own time. His approach was holistic and evolved through experience. The foundation organises annual events such as the Multifaith Service, Summer School and an Annual Lecture.  Each event promotes unity and the bringing together of multiple faiths, backgrounds and nationalities, demonstrating the continued relevance of Gandhi’s teachings.

Belgravia Gallery is one of Europe’s leading art galleries. It regularly features the work of renowned artists such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, HRH The Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, Sir Peter Blake and other celebrities. Belgravia Gallery is based on Maddox Street in the heart of the art district in Mayfair, between Regent Street and Bond Street. The gallery’s ethos is to be professional, welcoming and approachable and has a strong emphasis on art for charity, particularly on raising funds for The Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust.


Playing for Change arose from the common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. Armed with a mobile recording studio, cameras, and small crew; they travel around the world filming musicians in their natural environments and spreading peace through music. In an effort to give back to the communities of the musicians they’ve met along their journey, they founded the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate non-profit organization whose mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. Together, they set out to change the world one song and one heart at a time. 

Fat Freddy’s Drop band is internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws. Creating a blueprint with a global perspective, the band has consolidated their fanbases across Europe and the UK with high profile performances accompanied by slow burn albums that reveal more and more with every listen, priming the fan for the next live experience. Fat Freddy’s Drop also sponsors local schools in New Zealand to support education. 

Lisa Kristine
is an acclaimed humanitarian photographer. Lisa has gained broad recognition for her collaboration with the NGO Free the Slaves. Lisa has received global attention for shining a light on contemporary slavery across media platforms, including CNN and Reuters, speaking at TED events, museums, NGO’s, business conferences, colleges and universities. Carmine Gallo has praised Lisa’s speaking presentations in the 2014 book, Talk Like TED, The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.

Tim Page is one of the most renowned iconic photographers of the Vietnam War. His pictures were the visual inspiration for many films of the period.  The photojournalist in Apocalypse Now, played by Dennis Hopper, was based on Page. Tim Page is the subject of many documentaries, two films and the author of ten books.  He spent five months in 2009 as the Photographic Peace Ambassador for the UN in Afghanistan and is the recipient of many awards.   He was recently named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time’.

Emmanuel Jal
is born into the life of a child soldier in South Soudan. He has defied all odds to become an influential recording artist and activist. He launched a campaign for Peace supported by A-list artists and leading figures from diverse fields including DMC, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and many more.

is a South African celebrity singer and actress who portrayed the character of Miriam Makeba in the Golden Globe winning film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, with appearances at both the Hollywood and Berlin premieres. She was also featured in the coffee table book companion to the film. Nomfusi’s touching life story has been captured widely in the media, most significantly on SABC1’s series ‘My World,’ seen by nine million viewers.