Guidelines for Submission

Articles in this journal do not necessarily represent the views of the Children’s Music Network, nor do the advertisements imply endorsement. Members are invited to send songs and articles for publication directly to the appropriate editors, but we cannot guarantee publication. It is helpful if you let an editor know in advance that you plan to submit an article.

Copyright ownership remains with the author, photographer, or other producer. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to sign a permission to publish form.


Pass It On! always needs stories from members about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. If you are a CMN member, you are invited to share your story. After all, that’s the whole point of CMN. We ask that all articles:

  • address topics of interest to CMN members
  • in some way relate to CMN’s mission
  • be clear, concise, and reasonably well written

Articles should not promote a particular person, performing group, or product. Please tell us if your article has been submitted for publication elsewhere, or if it is a reprint. We welcome photos, which will be published as space permits.

Send articles, lesson plans, photographs and their captions, to the PIO! Editor. Submission via email is preferred.


Most of the songs published in Pass It On! are con­tributed by CMN members, and we welcome songs written by people from various parts of the continent or the world. Please share your works with us. In every issue we try to include:

  • a seasonal song
  • a song representative of cultural diversity
  • a song on a topic that is in some way representative of CMN’s mission

Songs should be submitted using Finale or in a lead sheet format. It is the responsibility of the submitter to provide a notated song. Also, please send an MP3 file or a recording: an audio link is provided to each song. Each submission should include the title of the song, all authors of words/music, and copyright date and name(s) of copyright owner(s).

Send songs to the Songs Editor.

New Sounds

Children’s Music Network members, please send a description of your new releases within the last year to be included on the New Sounds page. The description is intended to give readers an idea of the content and style of your recording or book. Please do not send just a promotional sheet. Feel free to send a graphic of your album cover, too. Send descriptions of new releases to the New Sounds Editor.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor may be sent to the PIO! Editor. Submission via email is preferred.


For the Spring 2020 issue: January 1, 2020
For the Fall 2020 issue: June 1, 2020