New England Sings (NES) is Inspired Nation’s inaugural event and has showcased the talent of thirty aspiring young artists to date, raising over $100,000 for local charitable partners within the past two years . Each year, finalists between the ages of 12-21 perform at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and compete in front of music-industry veterans Kara DioGuardi, Brad Kenney (artistic director of Ogunquit Playhouse), and Bonnie Hayes (American singer/songwriter, recording artist, musician and record producer). Winners receive a mentorship with Kara, a Summer Sessions scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and a cash prize. Notable press from the event includes: Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, Portsmouth Herald, iHeartRadio, and several local newspapers.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 New England Sings Winner Zoe Ritchie, runner-up Gidhan Guhat (GG), and finalists Catrina Riker, Lauren Brennan, Madeline Blandini, Noah Freedman, Manu Ritchie, Margaret Tenters, Lydia Barnes, and Ava Murrin.
Please visit our social media pages above to see pictures from the event and keep in touch with our new finalists!