Singers and bands from area code 419 invited to participate in virtual talent competition – WKTN

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Findlay, OH (July 17, 2021) – Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) in collaboration with United Way of Hancock County (UWHC) invites singers and bands from area code 419 to submit a short sample of their music for a chance to participate in the 419 Sings Virtual Talent Competition sponsored by First National Bank.

Sixteen finalists will be selected to compete via a virtual platform over a period of five weeks starting in September for a chance to win: $ 2,500, a recording studio session with Stone Soup Recording Studio in Maumee, OH and their own live performance at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

“The MCPA is actively seeking new talent and we look forward to shining a spotlight on our regional, well-known and discovering musicians,” said Heather Clow, Executive Director of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

“The pandemic hit us all hard last year, especially social services and the arts. Both are equally essential in building a thriving community, ”said Angela DeBoskey, CEO of United Way,“ This project allows us to work together to improve our community and reminds us that together we are stronger.

Submission is free and potential participants must be at least 18 years old and live in one of the 419 area code counties. These counties include Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Drake, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Holmes, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.

For detailed submission instructions, visit https://liveunitedhancockcounty.org/419Sings July 19 to August 13.

The 30 best performances will be selected by a panel organized by MCPA, United Way and First National Bank the week of August 16. These 30 performances will then be reviewed by a distinguished panel of industry-related judges who will select the 16 entrants for the 419 Song Contest.

The judges reviewing the top 30 submissions are: John “Scott” Lavender, professional musician and music teacher with over 40 years in the industry and 30 years as a music director for musicians such as
Johnny Mathis, Toni Tennille and Glen Yarbrough; Donna S. Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council and member of the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Michael Cavanaugh, Broadway musician and artist selected by Billy Joel to star in the musical Movin ‘Out; Sam Bartlett, talent agent at ICM Partners, New York, NY; Marielle Kraft, singer, songwriter and winner of the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Competition 2018.

The contest kicks off Wednesday, September 15 at a live event on Facebook, when the 16 finalists and their submissions are revealed, and the public is invited to view and vote for their favorite performance on the United Way website. One dollar equals one vote, and the public can vote as many times as they want. The following Wednesday, the eight with the most votes will move on to the next round and the cycle will repeat until the winner is selected on Wednesday, October 13.

All proceeds from the event will go to the MCPA and United Way and its partner agencies.


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