Three local acts need Triangle-area community members’ support to help them win a national music competition. Musicians Will McBride Group, Kamaira Hartley Philips and Phil Walters are finalists in the 2014 Bands4Good Challenge™, an innovative new virtual music competition providing unprecedented industry access to unsigned artists of all genres, instrumentation and styles, while also raising money to ensure music is in schools across the United States.
People in the Triangle and around the world have two opportunities to support these musicians. First, fans can vote once per day without cost by visiting contestants’ voting platforms. This is a completely free option for fans to get involved. Second, fans have the option to purchase additional donation votes in package bundles in which the more money donated to support the music education charity partners, the more votes granted to contestants.
Along with both the donation votes and free fan votes, professional judges grade the 2014 competition’s exceptional talent. These scores combined with the final fan vote tallies will determine winners in three categories: Fan Favorite or the finalist with the most fan votes, Charity Champion or the contestant who raises the most money for charity, and Judges Pick or the finalist with the highest judges’ score. The grand prize package includes career development, vocal/instrumental coaching, recording studio sessions, performance opportunities and introductions to industry professionals.
Each performer’s submission to the 2014 Bands4Good Challenge features an audition track which best represents their style. Learn more about these finalists’ stories, listen to their auditions and vote at these links:
- Classically trained musician Kamaira Hartley Philips (Chapel Hill)
- Local band Will McBride Group (Wake Forest)
- Singer-songwriter Phil Walters (Raleigh)
The 2014 Bands4Good Challenge, presented by Doing Good Network™, is both a serious talent competition recognizing the best of the best in aspiring artists as well as a fundraiser to benefit impactful music education programs. Preliminary round voting officially began early November and judges announced semifinalists Dec. 10. All semifinalists who received a minimum of 50,000 votes by noon Dec. 30 progressed to the finals. Additionally, the judges selected four “Wild Card” contestants who each raised a minimum of $500 for charity to progress as well. The grand prize winners will be announced during a live digital finale show Jan. 14, 2015. To learn more or cast your vote, visit www.bands4good.com. **Update: The finale is now rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. due to inclement weather conditions. With that delay they have also extended voting, so contestants have an extra week to rack in support from their communities.**
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About the Bands4Good Challenge™
The Bands4Good Challenge™, presented by Doing Good Network™, is an online music talent competition that combines an innovative fundraising platform to help propel aspiring artists while supporting a cause and great nonprofits that serve it. The 2014 Bands4Good Challenge™ is raising money to help keep music in schools across the United States, including nonprofit partnerships with Little Kids Rock and Arts For Life. The entire competition is concepted and produced by the Doing Good Network™, an organization founded to drive awareness for the benefits of embracing social purpose while creating opportunities for people to “do good” as a lifestyle. It aims to change the paradigm of fundraising by bringing an entrepreneurial approach to helping the less fortunate. Learn more and get in on the action at www.doinggoodnetwork.com, www.bands4good.com and www.facebook.com/bands4good.
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