Applications now being accepted for Voices For Hope scholarship


Applications are now being accepted for the 6th annual Voices For Hope vocal competition scholarship for New England vocalists ages 11-19, to benefit social service programs providing food and shelter to those in need through Local United Network to Combat Hunger (LUNCH).

Voices For Hope, combining music and community outreach, gives aspiring vocalists an opportunity to use their talent and love of singing to benefit those in need, while also giving themselves an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship and professional performance and recording opportunities.

The deadline for submissions is April 2.

The finalists will audition live in front of a panel of music industry professionals, and perform at a special Harry Chapin Tribute concert to be held on April 28 at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center. Winners receive a $500 scholarship, featured performance opportunities and a professional recording to be released on iTunes. Winners from prior years, which include several Rhode Island and Massachusetts students, have performed at the Bushnell, the Shubert Theater, the University of Hartford, with professionals such as Melba Moore, Diana DeGarmo, the Chapin Family, and Patti Austin. They have also released professional recordings.

LUNCH uses the power of popular music to produce positive social action, and sponsors this event not only to support important social services, but also to show kids that through their time and talent, they can make a difference in the lives of others.

Any eligible vocalist interested in participating in the competition may obtain details and entry forms from the LUNCH website at, or by calling 860-572-9285 before the April 2 entry deadline.

LUNCH was founded in 1989 by Grammy-nominated songwriter Bill Pere, who is also one of Connecticut's Official State Troubadours. He has appeared on a Cheerios box as a "Hunger-Fighting Hero" and was named one of the "Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine. LUNCH has involved more than 3,000 kids in benefit performances over the last 20 years, raising more than $1 million for social service programs.


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