Protest Song campaign

Reasons to be Cheerful
2017 autumn tour

As part of the Reasons to be Cheerful 2017 autumn UK tour, we invited audience members up and down the country to write and record original protest songs, in any format accessible to them, and at any level of previous songwriting experience. 

We are no longer accepting new submissions, but songs submitted as part of this programme can be seen at the link below. 

Click here to watch or listen to the protest songs submitted as part of this programme. 

1.    The Reasons

Optional introductory workshops were offered to help members of the public write a song. Alongside this, we provided a Reasons for the Rhyme exclusive Songwriting guide full of professional song writing tips and ideas of how to make songs accessible.

Click here for our song-writing guide screen reader version.

2.    The Rhyme

We invited members of the public to write and record an original protest song in any format accessible to them, including signed song, lyric videos and audio recording. We chose songs to take on tour with us, firing up audience members up and down the country.

Download our #ProtestSong Submission Guidelines here.

3.    The Revolution

We encouraged everyone who submitted a song to come and see the show on tour, and join in the revolution.

Background to the Protest Song campaign:

In 1981 Britain was changing – we were on the edge of massive political change, music was continuing to present the changing landscape, and D/deaf and disabled people were rising up. In the same year, singer-songwriter Ian Dury (of Ian Dury and The Blockheads) penned Spasticus Autisticus, an anti-charity protest song against International Year of Disabled Persons, a concept he found patronising.

36 years later, the UK is again undergoing massive change, and globally the world is a different place, with new shifts in power and a new generation rising up to be seen and heard. Song continues to be a way we channel anger, maintain solidarity and demand change.

For more information about this campaign, contact Jodi-Alissa Bickerton on 020 7613 6900 or email 

Reasons to be Cheerful - write and record an original protest song!