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Friday, March 2, 2012

New York Songwriters Circle Presents Concert at New York’s Bitter End

New York Songwriters Circle Presents Concert at New York’s Long Running Rock Venu to Benefit Hey U.G.L.Y Foundation

American Idol Alumn and Industry Veterans’ Unite To Rally Against Bullying

The New York Songwriters Circle is presenting a talent-packed performance at the legendary Bitter End to benefit the anti-bullying initiative The Hey U.G.L.Y (Unique Gifted Lovable You) Foundation on March 5, 2012. The non-profit formed in 2002 as a response to daily headlines about the increase in teen suicide, gun violence in schools, bullying, drug abuse, eating disorders, and the obesity epidemic facing American youth.

Over 160,000 students miss school on a daily basis because they fear of being bullied. Hey U.G.L.Y. is actively combating this fear, reaching over 700,000 students by forming their own curriculum. The organization reaches schools, community organizations, and youth development professionals with their “Choose to Change” radio show, seminars, website, in-school presentations, and Empathy Learning Activity Plans.

Curated by Tina Schafer, the Artistic Director of The New York Songwriters Circle, the performers are an eclectic mix of past American Idol finalists, actresses, and youth that are hyper aware of the dangers that bullying presents and are bent on preventing it. Please see the list of performers below.

Tina Shafer is the Artistic Director The New York Songwriters Circle as well as a touted songwriter. She has written for and co-written with Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, Lana Del Ray, and many more.

Alisha Zalkin co-founded the Playing for Change NYC chapter, co-producing and performing in concerts benefiting the Playing for Change Foundation ( She was also nominated Best Folk/Acoustic Artist and Best Singer Songwriter for the All Indie Music Awards 2012.

Devyn Rush - A former American Idol contestant.
Robbie Rosen - A former American Idol contestant.
Brett Lowenstern - A former American Idol contestant.
Gabe Mizeralde - Top Finalist for NY Songwriters Circle

Top finalist for NY songwriters circle.
Ari Zizzo
Cassidy Reiff of CAAB- In a project with Abigail Breslin, actress from Little Miss Sunshine

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