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A great BIG Thank You to everyone who entered
our 5th Annual MusicMatters Competition

The response was overwhelming!

  • We’ll be notifying the TOP 10 finalists on Monday, March 30, 2015.
  • Be sure to visit our MusicMatters Spotlight page on Friday, April 3rd when we post the TOP 10, along with their original songs.

Thanks again from 92.5 the River and Salem Five!

About the MusicMatters program: Created by Salem Five Bank, MusicMatters is a charitable program committed to preserving music education throughout the Greater Boston area, Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.  The program supports and supplements funding to music programs in school districts that have been forced to drastically cut back funding for this important part of the curriculum. Additionally, the program has quickly become a premier platform for aspiring high school singer/songwriters to achieve the opportunities and exposure necessary to launch a successful career in music.

MusicMatters Past Winners:

On September 19th, 2014, Katrina Gustafson, of Lynnfield, MA won $500 for her high school music department. She recorded her song “Everyday” in the River Music Hall, and it was featured on the River airwaves. This past November, Katrina played her song at RiverFeast in front of 500 people (opening for Scars on 45 and David Gray)!

Katrina and Scars on 45
(Katrina and her band with Scars on 45 backstage)

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.WXRV_Mighty_Bostones-9090_
LuxDeluxe won the 2012 MusicMatters competition, winning the chance to open in concert for Scars on 45. They’re a sensational indie rock band from Northampton, MA, who have played together since late 2009. Echoing familiar sounds from bands like, The Beatles, Dire Straits, and The Band, LuxDeluxe brings rock & roll back to its original glory and continues to change the way it’s done today.LuxDeluxe Performing at Beverly MusicMatters
Kingsley Flood won the 2011 MusicMatters contest and opened for Augustana at the Salem Five MusicMatters Festival at Stoneham Town Day. Music Matters_KingsleyFlood

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

The MusicMatters program is presented by Salem Five
Where Better Banking Starts with Listening.