New England sings is a vocal competition sponsored by Inspired Nation for anyone between the ages of 12 to 21 who resides in New England. This year's event will again take place at the Ogunquit Theatre on October 10, 2017 at 7 pm.
Last year's 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:
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