Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 20, 2011

Council President and CPHA to Unveil American Idol-Style Youth Competition

Charm City Talent will showcase Baltimore’s young singers, rappers and musicians

BALTIMORE, MD – City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and officials from the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) on Thursday will announce a citywide talent competition for students ages 5 to 17.

Charm City Talent will showcase Baltimore’s emerging singers, rappers and musicians in a competition modeled after the long-running talent contest Star Search. Contestants will be judged by a panel that will include local radio personalities and performing arts experts.

Beginning on May 9, 2011, seven city recreation centers will host Charm City Talent auditions. Students will compete as singers, rappers or instrumentalists. A panel of talent experts will select one finalist from each site, and the seven finalists will compete for the Charm City Talent crown during the finale on July 14, 2011. The winner of the competition will receive an artist development package including a professional photo shoot and a recorded demo CD courtesy of Task Force Marketing, the opportunity to perform in a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a gift card courtesy of urban fashion retailer DTLR.

“Providing safe and engaging recreational opportunities for our city’s youth is one of my primary goals,” City Council President Young said. “By partnering with CPHA I was able to bring my vision of a citywide talent competition to reality. Historically Baltimore has contributed a great deal to the world of performing arts, and I am excited to witness the current generation of young people step up and perform.”

Mel Freeman, CPHA’s executive director, said that the organization was excited to partner with the Council President on such a positive project.

“When City Council President Young invited CPHA to collaborate with him by producing Charm City Talent, I knew I was forming a great partnership,” Mr. Freeman said. “CPHA has a history of bringing together the people and neighborhoods of Baltimore to create innovative solutions to challenging, community-wide problems. President Young’s P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign, which is aimed toward providing enriching opportunities to city youth, complements CPHA’s initiatives."

WHO: Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, CPHA Executive Director Mel Freeman and 92Q FM personality Black.

WHAT: Council President Young and officials from CPHA will announce Charm City Talent, a new citywide talent competition for youth ages 5 to 17.

WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Mondawmin Mall, Center Court near the entrance to Target.

All auditions are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

May 9, 2011 - Herring Run (5001 Sinclair Lane)

May 11, 2011 - Fred B Leidig (301 South Beechfield Avenue)

May 12, 2011 - Ella Bailey (100 E. Heath Street)

May 13, 2011 - Northwood (1517 Winford Road)

May 16, 2011 – V.S. Baker/Patterson Park (2601 E. Baltimore Street)

May 18, 2011 - Roosevelt (1221 W. 36th Street)
May 19, 2011 – Cahill Performing Arts Center (4001 Clifton Avenue)