Tri-State Rocks (TSR) is Inspired Nation’s sophomore event and has showcased the talent of 15 aspiring young artists raising over $55,000 for local charitable partners. Each year, finalists between the ages of 12-21 perform in the Westchester, NY area and compete in front of music-industry veterans Kara DioGuardi, Leslie Stifelman (musical director of Broadway hit Chicago), and Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R of Atlantic records). Winners receive a mentorship with Kara, a Summer Sessions scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and a cash prize. Last year, fifteen finalists wowed the audience, which included youth groups from lower-income areas whose travel and tickets were underwritten by generous donors. Since the competition, finalists have continued to give back by working with Inspired Nation on volunteer opportunities.
The 2018 Tri-State Rocks benefit competition and performance will be held again this year at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York on November 4th.