Applications Open for the Ninth Williams Sing-Off Competition

Do you have the voice of the year? Singers in grades 6 - 12 whose video-auditions edge out the competition will be named finalists in the 2019-2020 Williams SING-OFF Competition and evaluated by a special guest judge! Following in the footsteps of Gabby Barrett, Trinity Wiseman, Dejah Monea, and others, this year’s winner will perform live on New Year’s Eve, plus earn a $500 cash prize and $1,000 school music department donation.

The Highmark First Night Pittsburgh singing competition for student artists returns for 2020 to crown Pittsburgh’s next rising star 

Each year, dozens of young, aspiring musical artists audition to become a finalist in the Williams Sing-Off Competition. This event is hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust every New Year’s Eve as a part of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh. The winner will be given the honor of performing live at the Dollar Bank Stage at 7th Street & Penn Avenue on New Year’s Eve, among many other great prizes.

Those who wish to apply should:
Send in a family-friendly video of themselves performing a musical number in under two minutes
Be in grades 6-12 and attend a school within 150 miles of downtown Pittsburgh

Apply individually, or by forming a musical group of 20 or fewer artists
Use pre-recorded track accompaniment, live performance accompaniment*, or sing a cappella *Live accompaniment must be limited to one instrument such as keyboard, guitar, etc. — no full live bands

Be available between 6 and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Song(s) performed in the audition video must be the same song to be performed at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, if chosen as a finalist.
All finalists will be invited to participate in the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2020 Parade. The winner will not only be able to perform live as the opening act at the Dollar Bank Stage but will also receive complimentary admission buttons to experience Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a $500 cash prize, and $1,000 for their school’s music department.

Williams generously sponsors Competition year after year to encourage creativity in Pittsburgh’s youth. Jim Scheel, Senior Vice President of Williams says, “The Williams Sing-Off is a wonderful way to support and encourage students in the arts who aspire to help Pittsburgh ring in the New Year with their amazing talent.  That is why Williams is proud to once again sponsor this fun event for the fourth year in a row.  I look forward to seeing their talent on full display at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2020.”

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. 

The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
Culminating with the city’s Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District — inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh’s vibrant artist community ring in the New Year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight. Admission Button prices remain among the most affordable in the nation: $10 per person (kids five and under FREE).

For more than a century, Williams has been safely building and operating pipelines and facilities to bring natural gas from where it’s produced to where it’s consumed. We’ve invested billions in the Northeast, supporting local communities and creating high-quality jobs. At Williams, our mission has never been more important. We enable our customers, investors, employees, and communities to maximize the opportunities created by the vastly greater supply of natural gas and natural gas products.

Involvement in the communities where we live and work is at the heart of Williams. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission helps us fulfill our commitment by offering great artistic and educational experiences across the Pittsburgh region in their efforts to bring the arts to diverse audiences.