Leo Sayer makes you want the Canberra Hospital Foundation’s Can Give Day Live

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Leo Sayer returns for the second Can Give Day. Photo: Canberra Hospital Foundation.

Want to rub shoulders with a rock icon and lend a hand to Canberra Hospital?

The Canberra Hospital Foundation’s ‘Can Give Day Live’, a virtual singing competition for Canberra artists to raise money to support the hospital and patients, will be judged by local music fixtures, including Canberra Hospital Foundation Ambassador Leo Sayer.

The artists will submit audition tapes from which the eight top artists will be selected. They will then join judges Leo Sayer, Lucy Sugerman and Gemma Maddox in live stream performances, with judges and the public voting to determine the winner.

The winner will receive guidance from Leo, a paid concert at the Canberra Hospital Foundation’s summer concert and a cash prize of $ 2000.


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To participate, the participant must have roots in Canberra. They then created a profile with a picture, cinema and at least one publicly available, recorded performance. It is encouraged to perform songs that are suitable for a general audience (so music with explicit lyrics or content is not accepted).

Auditions close at midnight on October 25th.

The Canberra Hospital Foundation selects finalists based on the quality of the performance, the originality, the reach of its audience and the donations it receives. The finalists will be announced on October 26.

The finalists can perform live from their home or, if COVID allows, in a studio organized by the Canberra Hospital Foundation. The winner is determined by the judges’ vote and total donations, with both factors weighted at 50 percent each.

Can Give Day Live is part of the 24-hour ‘donation festival’, which includes a separate LEGO competition, self-run fundraisers and the opportunity to send a gift to a health hero. Last year, Can Give Day raised $ 315,000 and funded 14 new goods and services for patients at Canberra Hospital.

To enter the virtual singing competition, go to the registration page. More information on the other Can Give Day events can be found here.

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