New England Sings Previous Years

2017

The annual benefit competition and performance grew in 2017, featuring twelve inspiring youth artists and donated over $50,000 to local charities. Over 100 contestants submitted entries in 2017, and finalists performed in front of a SOLD OUT 660-seat theatre. 

Winner: Jenna Holiday

Runners-up: Ella Burroughs and Nick Mangiaratti

Finalists: Sage Beebe-Jenny, Mackenzie Lee Clement, Jared Hanrahan, Harper Howell,
Kaia Lontine-Kearson, Merry McLaughlin. Leah Parrett, Mac Porter, Allison Rittweger

Notable press from the event includes Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, Portsmouth Herald, iHeartRadio, and several local newspapers.

 

2017 Sponsors

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2017 Beneficiaries

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 Scholarship Fund provides theatrical training for students with need in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camp for students age 5 to 18 is designed to identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience on the Playhouse stage. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage!

First Parish Outreach and the York County Family Fund

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.

Zebra Crossings

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.

The Jimmy Fund

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.

2016

New England Sings (NES) 2016 was Inspired Nation’s inaugural event, showcasing the talent of fifteen aspiring young artists and raising $40,000 for IN’s local charitable partners. competed for cash prizes and a mentoring session with KaraDioGuardi at Converse Studios in Boston. Berklee College of Music also provided summer sessions scholarships for some finalists. With only six weeks notice, NES put on a spectacular community event, showcasing fifteen talented vocalists and raising $40,000 for five New England charities by selling out the historic Ogunquit Playhouse.

Winner: Lexie James

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.

Runner-Up: Colette Haines

Finalists: Morgane Grace, Ethan Martin, Paige Davis, Elizabeth Gagnon, Hannah Forsley, Dalton Letorney, Megan Guynes, Katelyn Knowles, Amy Manny, Douglas Meeker, Molly McDevitt, Sophie Patenaude, Talia Raquel Quagliaroli

Finalists received Converse sneakers. All proceeds from our 2016 event benefited the following charities.

2016 Sponsors

 

2016 Beneficiaries
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% percent of 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

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 Scholarship Fund provides theatrical training for students with need in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camp for students age 5 to 18 is designed to identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience on the Playhouse stage. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage!