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Who 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)

"I learned to read for
children and for my life."

-Seema


How are we helping adults learn to read?
Chapter One - 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 the country.

Chapter Two 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.

You can buy a CD now!!