The Lullaby Project

Inspired by our exhibition Take Care, the Smart Museum of Art introduces The Lullaby Project, a first-of-its-kind initiative through which the Smart will commission original lullabies (and also newly recorded lullaby performances) by University of Chicago students as a musical gift to families in Chicago, and around the world.

The Smart Museum invites student musicians, singers, composers, writers, and poets to create original lullabies for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Additionally, we invite singers and instrumental performers to record your favorite lullaby (and we encourage lullabies from cultures around the world, in any language, and from any era).

Call for submissions

The Smart Museum is now accepting submissions for original lullabies! Please submit your lullaby by 11:59 pm on March 15, 2021. Submissions will be accepted in the form of recorded songs, recorded instrumentals, sheet music, and written lyrics. Send your submissions to Erik Peterson, Smart Museum Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement,


The lullabies included in The Lullaby Project will be selected by a committee consisting of Music Department faculty members Sam Pluta and Barbara Schubert, Smart Museum Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement Erik Peterson, and the Smart Museum’s Student Advisory Committee. The author or performer of each selected lullaby will be awarded $150. 

Artists will retain all rights to their original music and lyrics. The Smart Museum will reserve the right to create a flash drive with the music files for families to pick up for free, as well as to promote the lullabies for educational purposes on the Smart Museum website and official social media channels. The Smart Museum will not sell or license the music to be sold by any other entity. 

Contact Erik Peterson, Smart Museum Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement,

Image: Claude Terrasse, Illustrated by Pierre Bonnard, Music theory illustrated (Petit solfège illustré), 1893, Lithograph. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2007.106.