We are YOUR Private Social Network - supporting Inspired Nation
Former American idol judge Kara DioGuardi is keeping the spirit of the country’s beloved vocal talent competition alive through Inspired Nation (IN) – an organization that aims to build a bridge between the talent and dreams of our youth and their hope for a better, more inspired world. Co-Founded in 2016 by the Grammy-nominated hit maker, Inspired Nation has set out to redefine vocal competitions not just as a way to celebrate talent but as a conduit for youth appreciation and community activism. To foster young talent, build community, and raise money and awareness, Inspired Nation sponsors regional benefit vocal competitions. Our events highlight singers/artists between the ages of 12-21 while putting a spotlight on community needs by donating all proceeds to local charities that benefit youth. Last year we launched our first pilot event, New England Sings, during which contestants competed for cash prizes and a mentoring session with Kara DioGuardi at Converse Studios in Boston. Inspired Nation has partnered with Berklee College of Music who have committed to offering summer scholarships to our winners and a select group of participants. Our plan is to launch 5 – 10 regional events/year, culminating in a national competition between regional winners. About New England Sings New England Sings (NES) was the pilot event for Inspired Nation. With only six weeks notice, NES put on a spectacular community event, showcasing 15 talented young artists, and raising $40k for five local charities. Event highlights: Attracted 100 contestants from five New England States. Featured 15 incredibly talented finalists at a live show on Oct 11, 2016. Live performance held at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse. The Playhouse is eager to host a repeat event in 2017. Judged by a three-member panel, including Kara DioGuardi, platinum-selling artist Tim Janis, and executive artistic director at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Bradley Kenney. Drew 530 attendants at the 600-seat theater. We are confident with more lead-time we will sell out the event in 2017. Post-event analyses found that audience members were very pleased with the event, and are excited to attend again in 2017. The event attracted and appealed to a broad spectrum of audience members: artist and their families/fans, philanthropists, community members, families, and music lovers. Revenue was generated through ticket sales (general and VIP), sponsorships, and silent auction proceeds. Advertised regionally through the iHeartRadio channel network. The event was covered in the Portland Press Herald, Portsmouth Herald, and several local newspapers. $40,000 donated to five local charities.