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On Friday night, September 19th, our top 10 MusicMatters finalists gathered in the famous River Music Hall to find out who won the MusicMatters contest! After careful deliberation, we are proud to present, Katrina Gustafson, of Lynnfield, MA. Katrina won $500 for her high school music department. She will record her song “Everyday” in the River Music Hall, and it will also be featured on the River airwaves. Plus Katrina will play her song at this year’s RiverFeast Charity Auction and Concert in November!

Why music matters to Katrina:

Music has helped me to become a little less shy and a little more confident, especially with talking in front of people. The teachers and other kids are so supportive and make everyone feel like they are part of something special and are special themselves, no matter how good or bad they sing or play.  The music teachers at our school really seem to care about the students and help them to be proud of any improvements they make. I think even the students that don’t continue with music after high school are better people because of the music program.

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Katrina - Martha - Dana(River DJ Dana Marshall, Katrina Gustafson, and Martha Acworth of Salem Five Bank)

Congratulations to our 2nd place winner, Estéban Dardani from Concord, NH  and our 3rd place winner Michelle Beaulieu from Topsfield, MA. They both won $500 for their high school music departments!

Top 3 (Michelle Beaulieu, Estéban Dardani, Katrina Gustafson)

Why music matters to Estéban:

Most of the curriculum in high school cannot provoke the same emotions that music can. By having recourses for students to be able to study music, we can broaden our understanding of what it means to have an education.

Why music matters to Michelle:

Being able to have a break in your day and sit down and get lost in something you love even for just an hour is so important to developing your voice, and ultimately, who you are. It’s not the motions we go through each day that define us, but the thing we choose to do everyday because it allows us to define ourselves. For me, that thing is music. Having a music program in schools gives us that opportunity to do the thing we love and find a community of similar people who support one another. Because our lives can get so busy, and we get caught up in all of the activities we have to do but might not want to, having a music program during school that allows high schoolers to create and really enjoy music is invaluable to helping kids establish who they are and who they want to be.


Tracks from our Top Ten Finalists:


MusicMatters Past Winners:

In July 2013 six lucky high school students from Ipswich got to perform the finale with the
Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common in front of 40,000 people.


Kingsley Flood won the 2011 MusicMatters contest and opened for Augustana at the Salem Five MusicMatters Festival at Stoneham Town Day.

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Here Kingsley Flood performs their hit, “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” live in the River Music Hall:

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