are we and what do we do?
The Songs Inspired By Literature (SIBL) Project, Inc. is a creative
nonprofit producing advocacy and educational materials exclusively
for the literacy movement. We
use music as a vehicle to engage, inspire and reinforce the magic
of literature and the power of reading. We have launched an awareness
and outreach campaign for one of this country's most critical, least
discussed problems: adults who cannot read or write. Based in Northern
California, we're made up of musicians, authors, teachers, and journalists.
Our programs and projects inspire adults who need to improve their
literacy skills, and attract volunteers and supporters on behalf
of literacy providers, many of whom do not have the financial resources
or expertise to launch such a massive public awareness campaign.
Our partners include the California
State Library, The Library of Congress and Friends of the Library
USA. (see letters of support)
learned to read for
children and for my life."
are we helping adults learn to read?
- our first annual benefit CD - raises awareness and funds for adult
literacy programs that teach adults basic reading and writing skills
for free. It is also designed to inspire the general public to read
more books. Chapter One
features songs inspired by literature (SIBLs) written by world class
artists: Bruce Springsteen,
Suzanne Vega, Ray Manzarek, Grace
Slick and Aimee Mann.
It also includes 10 winning songs from our international
songwriting competition. (Over 600 songwriters have entered
our first two competitions from 38 states and 10 countries!) We
also produce events and concerts to promote the CD that feature
the work of authors and musicians on stage together from all over
is due out in March 2003 and features tracks donated by David Bowie,
Tom Waits, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle and Vicki Randle (from the
Tonight Show band.
can buy a CD now!!