Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, The National and more are teaming up with fans on a collaborative album that will ostensibly help eradicate poverty—not through donations, but with promises of good deeds. The album, Metamorphoses, will feature performers like West and Mumford & Sons, as well as Ellie Goulding, who will use fan-submitted lyrics—or poems, or short stories—to create tracks. The resulting album will essentially be traded for a commitment from listeners to take some kind of proactive measure to combat poverty.
Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett created the project with Global Citizen, an organization that’s set a goal to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030. Lovett said the album has “the potential to break down our preconceptions of the voices of creativity, what different people around the world are thinking and who has the right to be heard.” Submissions are open until March 31, which means there’s still plenty of time to submit your lyrics about the lack of affordable housing in this country, or your poem about the unemployment rate, and have them turned into a song that people will get to listen to in exchange for some time spent volunteering for Oxfam International.
Metamorphoses is scheduled for a fall release.