March 31 is deadline to enter Wake Forest ARTS competition.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Got talent? Show it off this spring in the first-ever Wake Forest Has Talent! competition.
Organized by Wake Forest ARTS, the talent showcase asks for video entries by any performer, whether they live locally or not. The winners will perform during the annual Six Sundays in Spring concert series at Joyner Park.
“We’re excited to launch this inaugural competition during our 25th year,” said Mary Petretich, president of the board of Wake Forest ARTS. “We think it’s a great way to give area performers a chance to show off their talents. So whether you’re a singer, a band, a juggler, or a comedian — we want to hear from you.”
The contest serves an additional purpose as a fundraiser for the arts programming.
Though the contest is free to enter, Wake Forest ARTS will be using Crowdrise.com, a crowdfunding website, to tally the votes and each vote costs $1.
So, to get recognized, the violinists, actors, acrobats, poets, one-man-bands and others that enter also have to have the knack for getting people to vote for them — with their wallets.
The arts organization’s judges will select the winner from the top three finalists.
For entrants, there’s an added incentive to crowdfunding. Each of the top three fundraisers will receive a cash prize consisting of half of the money they raise. Contestants who are not in the top three will not receive any of the proceeds.
The deadline to enter is midnight on March 31.
Performers must upload a video to YouTube that is under five minutes and then send the link to email@example.com.
There is no age requirement, nor limit to members of the group (orchestras may enter, for example). That said, the winners must be able to perform in the public park in front of an audience, so rules of decorum are required.
The more entrants and the more votes, the more money it will raise for the arts organization, which is responsible for the Six Sundays in spring series, among other events.
“One of the goals of Wake Forest ARTS is to help foster talent that is up and coming,” said Ann Welton, who sits on the arts board and is the creative genius behind the contest.
“We want to expand our programming but we have been operating on a shoestring budget for a long time,” she said. “Six Sundays is our most visible project. We’d like to do more of that, more things in the schools, in the senior center.”
“We’d like to support more artists like [at] Neck of the Woods,” she added, referring to a local performance
series that once showcased bands, actors, writers and the like. “But it all takes money and we haven’t had enough money to expand our program.”
For further details, including rules and deadlines, see wakeforestarts.org.