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EXACTLY WHAT DOES LUNCH DO
and how can I be involved ?

LUNCH, a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, is program that combines arts, education, and community outreach. . LUNCH is an all-volunteer organization, founded in 1989 by Bill Pere    Our activities raise money and awareness for programs which address basic human needs like food, clothing, shelter, and counseling.

We involve kids in our events to show them that they can make a difference in the lives of others We do this in several ways:

1 -- Concerts and Stage Plays: We produce concerts or original stage plays in partnership with schools, churches, youth groups, and civic organizations, or we produce the events ourselves.

Our music events combine professional artists and kids from grades 4 through adult. Our shows are family-oriented and present primarily the music of  Harry Chapin, or original songs from our own internationally distributed catalog. For special events, we write our own plays and music as needed. As a tax-exempt 501c(3) non-profit organization, our events are funded by individual, corporate, and business donations.  We are an all-volunteer organization, with no overhead for personnel.

All of our events raise money for local and regional social service agencies, and provide education and awareness about issues of hunger , poverty, and other human needs.  To date we have raised almost $1,000,000, and have had more than 3,000 kids in our programs.

Our Concert/Theater programs include:
     The Harry Chapin Legacy Show series - our flagship program
     The Chapin Legacy Remembered
     A Tribute to Harry Chapin
    
The Holiday Show - An annual family favorite
     Hunger Awareness/Youth Action Concert Events
     Connecticut History Though Song
     Notes in the Symphony - A Celebration of Differences
     Women's Issues
     Education Issues
     Spiritual/Inspirational programs
     Special Topics as they arise

The core performing Ensemble meets weekly from September through May to practice. For special productions or special guest performers, practices are scheduled as needed. The Ensemble is open to all.   We always need vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, percussion, violin, flute, almost any other instrument, and we also provide opportunities to learn some unusual instruments, like  Q-chord,  Vocoder,  Handsonic,  wind controllers, and more.  Ability does not matter -- just genuine desire and commitment.  Anyone interested in participating should contact us at info @ lunchensemble . com .

2 -- Recordings : In partnership with the Connecticut Songwriting Academy, we produce professional CD's which are distributed internationally and are available through all major channels such as Apple i-Tunes, Yahoo, AOL,  CDBaby, Best Buy, and more. All of our music is original, and in addition to the Ensemble, we produce other artists as well if their material is appropriate. We have had several #1 and Top 10 songs on various Internet Radio and Fan sites. Proceeds from sales of our music benefit social service agencies and provide community outreach opportunities for kids through music.    Recording sessions are scheduled at various intervals and participation is by invitation and/or audition.

3. LUNCH Summer Music Camp: In partnership with Camp Wightman, we work with young campers from grades 3-6 for 1 week in July to teach them songs and present a concert for family and friends.  Participation as a camper (entering grades 4-7) is arranged through Camp Wightman. Participation as part of the LUNCH Ensemble (grades 7 and up) is arranged through LUNCH.

4. Mystic River Folk Concert Series: We sponsor and produce a concert series which features talented artists of national, regional, and local prominence. Volunteers to help out behind the scenes are always needed. Artists interested in performing should submit a press kit to LUNCH, PO Box 511, Mystic CT 06355.

5. Keys For a Cause: A special LUNCH national outreach, coordinated by Kay Pere, which features keyboard-based artists doing benefit concerts for social service agencies. To be involved in Keys for a Cause as a performer, event sponsor, or beneficiary contact Kay at  kay @ kaypere . com

6. Workshops: In partnership with the Connecticut Songwriting Academy, Bill and Kay travel nationwide to present workshops and classes at all levels on songwriting, the music business, vocal techniques, music production, and how to produce successful benefit events. For more information on setting up a group or private workshop,
contact info @ ctsongwriting . com

7. Scholarships : LUNCH provides a variety of scholarships and awards for students.

-- All participation in LUNCH counts as community service hours for schools who
            have such a requirement.  We provide the needed documentation.
 --  We provide letters of recommendation for National Honor Society,  College
           applications, job applications,  and any other process requiring support of
            character and leadership ability.  (applicants must have been with LUNCH
            for at least 1 year)
 --  Community Service Award:  For participants who have been with the Ensemble
           consistently for 5 years, we publicly present and community service award with a
           $100  scholarship.
 --  Through the Voices For Hope program we present a $500 Music and Service
           Learning Scholarship 
--  Participants who have been with the program consistently for 7 years or more are
           eligible for Service Learning scholarships of between $500 and $1000
 -- Special recognition awards are given as appropriate for exceptional service.

7. Special Events : LUNCH often participates in or sponsors special events like

-- the Voices For Hope contest for young vocalists
-- the Unisong International Songwriting Contest
-- special talent search programs
-- civic celebrations and parades
-- food drives
-- youth and education conferences
-- national music conferences

8.  Mentoring and Talent Development for Young Artists :  Bill and Kay, both noted music educators and award winning songwriters, have more than 40 years of combined experience in the music business.  Having learned directly from the top names in the industry  they share their experience with young people to help them develop their talents and set realistic, achievable goals.    Bill and Kay have helped many kids write their own songs and produce their own recordings. Students interested in learning music production,  live sound reinforcement,  music technology, etc, may apply for internships through the Connecticut Songwriting Academy

9.  School and Youth Group Presentations : Bill and Kay, both qualified public school educators, work with schools  and youth organizations to present programs on careers in the arts,   people-skills and collaboration,  character learning,   music technology,  songwriting as a link to other disciplines,  social awareness, and many other topics.    

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED ?

There are many ways to be involved in LUNCH.

We are open to anyone who has a song in their heart and who wants to use music to help those in need.  Musical ability is not a factor so much as character and an ability to work with others to benefit others.  
To get involved contact :  Bill Pere at info @ lunchensemble . com

WAYS TO VOLUNTEER:

-- As a regular performer in our concerts or stage plays. This requires a commitment to
    learn our repertoire and to participate in our concerts.
-- As a special guest performer, appearing occasionally when appropriate.
-- As a sponsor or fundraiser, working with local businesses
-- As a behind-the-scenes volunteer taking care of tasks like:
-- Ticket-taking
-- Refreshments/Hospitality
-- Photography/Video/Web Presentations
-- Sound Technician
-- Publicity/Press/Media liaison
-- Event planning
-- Transportation
-- many more roles…..

If you are associated with a school, church, organization, civic group, business, etc that would like to host a LUNCH event for any worthwhile cause, please contact us. We need people like you to make things happen.

If you have any questions or ideas for ways to work with us, we'd be glad to hear from you.

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