“May All Children”
Composed by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Back in 1986, when Ken was teaching at the Montclair Cooperative School and busy developing Music Together, he was constantly inspired to make music. For the school's celebration of the 40th anniversary of UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund), he composed a song, a song that would touch families all over the world with its simple heartfelt wish that all children—that everyone—should live in peace. Originally titled "Solstice Song," it was rearranged and retitled in memory of the events of September 11, 2001, and "May All Children" appeared in the Music Together Sticks Song Collection in 2002.
To keep world peace and children's well-being foremost in our minds, Guilmartin has made "May All Children" available here, with royalties donated to the United States Fund for UNICEF. It is his hope that those who work with children or with music in any capacity, whether in schools, church groups, or choruses, will use this song and sing out its wish for the world.
You're invited to register your performance and download the sheet music. Please go to the Performance Log to register and view the many ways the song has been performed around the world. The download is free, but we encourage a donation based on music publishing industry standards ($0.15 per paper copy), 100% of which goes to UNICEF. Please contact the publisher for broadcast, paid performances, or mechanical use.