“Stay Strong NY, We Love NY”

A new song / video by NYC public school students!

In these challenging times, everyone can use a little hope, and recently, New York City public school students stepped up, writing and recording their own anthemic "Stay Strong New York, We Love New York" song.

Made possible by an alliance with The NYC Department of Education, Office of Arts & Special Projects and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The resulting NYC Song of Hope Project created an opportunity for the 1.1 million NYC public school students to collaborate virtually on a song during the 2020 lockdown. 

They certainly delivered! 

NYC Department of Education Director of Music Liz Guglielmo circulated the opportunity to schools and SHOF NY Education Committee vice chair Harold Stephan gathered the multitude of separate recordings submitted by participating students, editing the video together to showcase this truly uplifting and inspiring song. 

"This kind of project speaks to the heart and soul of the Songwriters Hall of Fame's educational initiatives," SHOF NY Education Committee chair April Anderson said. "We are looking forward to our continued collaboration with the NYC Department of Education, and creating new ways for student expression in this changing world."

Watch "Stay Strong NY, We Love NY" here!

A special thank you to all of the participating students and teachers from the following schools:

PS 176 The Ovington School  -  Brooklyn
PS 31 The Bayside School  -  Queens
MS 167 Robert F. Wagner Middle School  -  Manhattan
MS 224 Manhattan East School for Arts & Academics  -  Manhattan
PS 54 Charles W. Leng School  -  Staten Island
Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts  -  Manhattan
PS/MS 20  P.O. George J. Werdann, III  -  Bronx
P177Q  -  Queens
PS 203 The Oakland Gardens School  -  Queens
PS 69 The School of Cultural and Performing Arts  -  Queens
PS/MS 95 The Sheila Mencher Van Cortlandt School  -  Bronx
PS 59 The Community School of Technology  -  Bronx
PS 60 The Alice Austen School  -  Staten Island
PS 36 Margaret Douglas  -  Manhattan
PS 21 The Edward Hart School  -  Queens
PS 37 The Cynthia Jenkins School  -  Queens
MS 297  -  Manhattan
Columbia Secondary School  -  Manhattan
PS 7 The Milton Fein School  -  Bronx
MS 101 Edward R. Byrne Middle School  -  Bronx
PS 49 The Willis Avenue School  -  Bronx
PS 204 Vince Lombardi Elementary School  -  Brooklyn
PS 42 The Benjamin Altman School  -  Manhattan
PS 230 The Doris L. Cohen School  -  Brooklyn
Stuyvesant High School  -  Manhattan
P721Q John F. Kennedy, Jr. School  -  Queens
PS 532 New Bridges Elementary  -  Brooklyn
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts  -  Manhattan
PS/IS 66  -  Brooklyn
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts  -  Manhattan
PS/IS 163 The Bath Beach School  -  Brooklyn
Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music  -  Bronx
P721K Brooklyn Occupational Training Center  -  Brooklyn
PS/IS 229 Dyker  -  Brooklyn