Jersey City Community Song

Modeled after the Jersey City Community Poem, Art House will create an original, digital, crowdsourced community song to capture and express Jersey City's collective experience one year into the pandemic. Jersey City songwriter and educator Carol Lester will curate the song. The second phase of the project will include a video performance of the song.

The theme is: Life in the Pandemic and Beyond: Reflections of Yesterday, Dreaming of Tomorrow

 This project is presented in partnership with the City of Jersey City and Office of Cultural Affairs


Carol Lester will take lyrics and excerpts from your submissions and create a crowdsourced, community song. Once the song is created, Art House will publish it online, where contributors will be credited, and seek video submissions of community members performing the song to be compiled in a video performance.

Writers wishing to submit lyrics to be included in the song should follow these guidelines: 

  • Submissions should be 2 lines of rhyming couplets. Up to 6 lines (3 couplets) will be accepted per writer.
  • Writers must be based in New Jersey.
  • No prior songwriting experience necessary.
  • All musical genres and styles welcome!
  • In order to participate, please fill out the submission form before Wednesday, May 5, at 5:00pm EST.

To submit lyrics to be included in the song, please CLICK HERE

Please direct any questions to Art House Producing Director Courtney Little at


CAROL LESTER (Songwriter) is a self-published, performing songwriter, producer and artist rep, who hosts “Sunday Songwriters in The Round” to showcase local and international self-published songwriters & sync speakers. Ms. Lester has had music licensed in TV, Film & Ads. Ms. Lester also represents a catalogue of String Ensemble Re-Imagined Pop and is happy to make connections for up and coming talented self published Artists. During quarantine, Ms. Lester got the entire String Ensemble Collection and many of her own tracks accepted to be pitched for upcoming TV, Film & Ads projects by companies including mVibe, Vice Media, Sync Summit, LHM, Indie Sync House and Music Supervisor/We Get Artists. Ms. Lester served as an IMA, Independent Music Awards, Industry Judge in Children’s Music and Cover Music Categories for the Six years she served as VP to MamaPalooza Records. In her role at MamaPublooza Music Publishing, Ms. Lester represented music licensing for 80 ‘Moms Who Rock’.