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New England Sings is a benefit youth vocal competition and performance, perfect for both aspiring artists and audience members looking to support local charitable work and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

This year’s event will take place at the Ogunquit Playhouse on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 PM. VIP tickets are available and include the opportunity to meet the judges and enjoy cuisine from award-winning chef Justin Walker.

The competition is for anyone between the ages of 12 to 21 who resides in New England. Judges include former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Ogunquit Playhouse Artistic Director Brad Kenney, and Bonnie Hayes, Chair of the Songwriting Department at the Berklee College of Music. Jadd Naamani from iHeartRadio z107 will host the show.

All finalists will perform at the New England Sings benefit event on October 10, 2017 at 7 PM at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a Berklee College of Music Summer Sessions scholarship, and will perform live at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s UnMask Cancer gala in Boston on October 21, 2017.  The runner-up will receive a $250 cash prize and a Berklee College of Music Summer Sessions scholarship. All finalists will receive a complimentary pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers.

New England Sings is presented by Inspired Nation, a non-profit that fosters young talent, builds community, and raises money and awareness for local youth-oriented charities. The event is sponsored by Congress Wealth Management, iHeartRadio, Stage Neck Inn, and Walkers.

 


 

2017 Beneficiaries

 

The Jimmy Fund – Boston, MA

The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events.

The story of the Jimmy Fund is one of grassroots involvement — of thousands of people organizing bake sales, lemonade stands, runs, walks, golf tournaments, dances, and softball games to raise money for cancer research and care.

The funds raised through New England Sings will be earmarked for pediatric cancer patient care and research.

 

Zebra Crossings – Dover, NH

Zebra Crossings’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth with chronic medical conditions by fostering greater self-confidence, a sense of independence and a desire to realize their full potential through fun and engaging enrichment programs that build a strong and caring community support network for families.

Zebra Crossings was founded on the belief that young people need to have opportunities to feel empowered in a safe and supportive environment that allows them to learn new skills, to explore their values and beliefs, to feel a sense of belonging. These opportunities help shape their thinking and attitudes. Positive experiences away from home will help them gain a sense of independence and self-esteem.

 

First Parish Outreach and the York County Community Fund – York County, ME

First Parish Outreach and the York County Family Fund gives direct financial aid to individuals and families in York County who find themselves in immediate and often unforeseen need of critical financial assistance.

 

Ogunquit Playhouse – Ogunquit, ME

The Ogunquit Playhouse is one of Maine’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage. Over its 80-year history of producing the highest quality theatre, it has earned the title of “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre” and is one of the last of the great Summer Theatres from the Straw Hat Circuit still producing traditional live musical theatre.

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camp Program offers theatrical training to students ages 5 – 18 in a supportive and nurturing environment. Rising Star and Center Stage campers perform for friends and family. Junior and Teen Players camps result in performances on the main stage of the Playhouse for a paying audience.

Funds raised from New England Sings will support the creation of a scholarship fund for youth to attend the Children’s Theatre Camp Program.

 

 


 

2016 New England Sings Winner

The 2016 winner, Lexi James, received $500, a recording session at Converse’s Rubber Tracks studio in Boston with former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and a Berklee College of Music online songwriting scholarship. The runner-up received $250 and a Berklee College of Music Summer Sessions scholarship. Finalists received Converse sneakers. All proceeds from our 2016 event benefited the following charities.

 

2016 Beneficiaries

 

Ogunquit Playhouse

The Ogunquit Playhouse produces five exciting Musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday from May to November. The Ogunquit Playhouse, a not-for profit organization, remains unparalleled in its commitment to provide the highest quality musical theatre, with the best talent in the industry!

The Ogunquit Playhouse is one of Maine’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage. Over its 80-year history of producing the highest quality theatre, it has earned the title of “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre” and is one of the last of the great Summer Theatres from the Straw Hat Circuit still producing traditional live musical theatre.

 

York County Family Fund

“New England Sings helped many families living on the edge in York County, ME.  They are existing from paycheck to paycheck.  One unexpected expense can mean the difference between staying in a home or being on the street.  The York County Family Fund has been there in York County to keep children  safely at home when unexpected financial situations occur in their families.” Dede Cadieux, President

 

My Breast Cancer Support

My Breast Cancer Support is an independent NH 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to breast cancer patients throughout the Greater Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

 

First Parish of York Outreach

Through the proceeds of New England Sings, thirty-six York area youth and chaperones journeyed to Frederick, MD for a weeklong work camp. Hosted by First Parish Outreach, participants repaired and painted homes for people in need. These work camps include youth from around the nation who collaborate and develop group leadership and team-building skills to accomplish common goals. The trips are designed to help both the residents and the youth: by completing the home repair work and by showing the residents that someone cares about them; and by having the youth learn to reach out to others in need, both with their service and their compassionate interactions with the residents.

 

Enough Abuse Campaign

“According to the U.S. Department of Education, 10% percentof K-12 students report unwanted sexual contact with school personnel – usually a teacher or coach. Funding from New England Sings helped support the development of the Enough Abuse Campaign’s new state-of-the-field e-learning course on child sexual abuse prevention for schools. Importantly, this resource will help school personnel identify and respond to inappropriate behaviors of adults before they can ever escalate to sexual abuse. This is true prevention.” Jetta Bernier, Executive Director