Former American Idol judge and Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has co-founded Inspired Nation – a non-profit that aims to build a bridge between the talent and dreams of our youth and their hope for a better, more inspired world. To foster young talent, build community, and raise money and awareness, Inspired Nation sponsors two regional benefit vocal competitions – New England Sings and Tri-State Rocks. Our events highlight artists between the ages of 12-21 while putting a spotlight on community needs by donating all proceeds to local charities that benefit youth in need. Contestants compete for cash prizes and a mentoring session with Kara DioGuardi. Through our partnership with Berklee College of Music our winners and selected finalists receive summer scholarships to the school.
Inspired Nation’s mission is to amplify the voices of our youth by giving them a platform to tell their story through music for the betterment of themselves and those in their generation. At IN, we strive to connect aspiring artists with music professionals for mentoring and provide opportunities for them to use their voice to inspire, collaborate, and advocate.
We envision a world where youth voices are welcomed in important societal conversations, and where music and song, through their unique power to inspire and unify, can be used as tools for positive change.