Youth  •  Talent  •  Local Need  •  Activism


Co-Founded by Grammy and Emmy Nominated American Idol Judge and hit songwriter
– Kara DioGuardi

Inspired by her time as a Judge on American Idol and her commitment to service, Kara DioGuardi wanted to find a way to provide a platform for young people to express themselves, follow their dreams, and give back to their communities.

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At Inspired Nation we believe that when you give young people a platform to tell their stories, you are giving them an opportunity to find their voice, gain confidence, and empower themselves as well as others. We believe it is this process of storytelling and having their voices heard that will foster the next generation of leaders.

“It was like you weren’t watching kids. You were watching people who thought for themselves. It really shows you the power of youth and bringing the community together.”

— kara dioguardi, on the New England Sings contestants

Giving Back

Inspired Nation is committed to fostering talent and confidence in young people. And given the very unique experiences of our Founder, Kara DioGuardi (cough: American Idol), one thing we knew we could do was pull off a singing competition! However, we wanted to use this platform to give back to the community. All of the proceeds from the Inspired Nation singing competitions benefit four charities. Even more exciting than giving back to the community, the top contestants from each event become an advisory board for a one year term and will be responsible for selecting the group of the charities that will receive the benefits the following year.


Jenna Holiday won the 2017 New England Sings competition.
The 2018 event date will be announced soon.

Lilou Bouhier won the 2017 Tri-State Rocks competition.
The 2018 event date will be announced soon.

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