First Night Worcester issues artist’s challenge

Contact Information:  Howard McGinn, Executive Director (508) 799-4909 or

Winner to open for headline act at Tuckerman Hall on New Year’s Eve

WORCESTER, MA – [August 25, 2014] – In an innovative new twist, First Night Worcester has announced a special contest which will award a coveted performance slot at its annual New Year’s Eve art festival. The winner will open for the evening’s headline act at historic Tuckerman Hall, home to the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and one of Worcester’s premier performance venues. The contest is open to artists from any genre.

“We know there are many artists out there with dreams of performing in a space as special as Tuckerman Hall”, said Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. “This is a way for us to help them fulfill that dream.” Tuckerman Hall will act as the cornerstone of this year’s First Night celebration with many of the evening’s headline acts performing there. It will also serve as a central gathering place for the First Night procession through the city prior to the evening’s fireworks display.

The winning artist or group will be selected by a First Night review committee. To enter, artists are asked to email a letter of interest and a performance video or YouTube link to Howard McGinn at Alternately, materials can be mailed to First Night Worcester, PO Box 351, Worcester, MA 01614. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 9/30/14; the winner will be announced on Monday, 12/8/14. For more information, contact Howard McGinn, executive director at (508) 799-4909.

About First Night Worcester
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing access to the Arts. Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, the non-profit work of First Night Worcester continues throughout the year with educational programs and community outreach initiatives.  Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.

About Tuckerman Hall
Designed in 1902 by Josephine Wright Chapman, one of America’s first female architects, Tuckerman Hall is a neo-classically designed building of exceptional beauty and unique historic significance. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in a National Historic District in Worcester, MA, Tuckerman Hall features superb acoustics and operates as the year-round home of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Long considered one of the nation’s foremost event and performance venues, Tuckerman Hall has played host to a myriad of world class performers over the years. For more information, contact Tuckerman Hall at (508) 754-1234 or

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August 25th 2014 by FNW
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