WCYY 94.3 | By Kylie Queen
If you’ve ever attended Old Port Fest in downtown Portland then you know the massive, music-loving crowds that flock to the Old Port for a day filled with live music and food. Look at the crowd at our Dunkin Donuts Super Stage in 2015.
If your band wants a piece of that crowd, and you think you have what it takes to beat out all the other bands or soloists and duos, then submit your entry to Young & Free Maine’s Sound Off Music Competition.
The grand prizes are a $500 gift certificate for Main Street Music Studios in Bangor and a live performance spot at the 2017 Old Port Music Festival.
Whether you are a solo artist/duo or a group of three or more, the top two runners up in each category will receive awesome prizes too. If you are between 18 and 25 years of age and play music on your own or as part of a duo, or in a band this competition is for you! Enter an original tune and get the word out to your fans for the public vote.
Maine Credit Union League
In a statewide interview that aired on Saturday, September 10, just before the start of the TODAY Show on WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2, Young & Free Maine Spokester Jake Holmes offered tips and advice on how to help college students save on textbooks as well as highlighting the Bucks for Books promotion with Maine credit unions. Minutes after the interview aired, visits and entries for the Bucks for Books contest showed a significant increase.
"The cost of textbooks is a big challenge that college students and their parents face. Having just finished college myself, I know first-hand how much textbooks cost, and the opportunity to help people with some creative ways to save money is what not only a part of what Young & Free Maine is all about but what credit unions are all about, too," remarked Holmes.
"The Bucks for Books contest is offering $1,500 in money to help college students with textbook expenses, and yet again highlights ways in which credit unions help their members and their communities. It's been a great way to engage 18-25 year-olds, and build awareness for Young & Free Maine. This is the second year we have offered this contest, and we have seen an increase over last year," explained Debra Trautman, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for the Maine CU League.
Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the League, coordinated the interview and said, "Having the opportunity to tell our story and highlight credit unions to a statewide audience is something we always welcome and the timing came together. It gave positive exposure to Young & Free Maine and to Maine credit unions."
During the interview, Holmes spoke about Young & Free Maine, provided some tips on how students can save on textbooks, and promoted the Bucks for Books contest. The producer of The Morning Report on WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 praised the segment. "This was informative and engaging, and we were really happy with the segment." The segment was also shared on both stations' Facebook pages.
With the entry deadline for Bucks for Books being September 15, the winners will be drawn on September 19, and announced shortly, thereafter.
Did you know the average student will spend around $1,200 on college textbooks this year? Jake Holmes, a Young and Free Maine 'Spokester' for Maine's credit unions told us how to avoid breaking the bank on books.
1. Avoid the bookstores if possible
2. Check the library
4. Ask around campus or post on social media, someone older might have taken the class and have a book they aren't using.
5. Go electronic, with Kindle versions and E-books, the price is often better and you can download them instantly
And you can win money right now to pay for your textbooks! Right now, Maine’s credit unions have the Bucks For Books contest through Young & Free Maine. You can win $500, $300 or $200 toward your college textbooks! The deadline to enter is September 15th at www.youngfreemaine.com
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Maine Credit Union League Update
After spending most of his first six weeks as the new Young & Free Maine Spokester on the road making appearances at the Old Port Festival, Whoopie Pie Festival, Moxie Festival, Maine Potato Blossom Festival, Lobster Festival and, most recently, the Great Falls Balloon Festival, Jake Holmes is doing what many Mainers are doing - focusing on back to school. As students start returning to their respective colleges and universities for the fall semester, Young & Free Maine is again offering them the chance to win Bucks for Books.
This giveaway contest allows Maine students 18 years of age or older to enter for a chance to win prizes of $500, $300, or $200 by completing a brief form on www.YoungFreeMaine.com. New for 2016 is the opportunity to also enter the Instagram portion of the contest for an additional chance to win $500. To enter the bonus round, entrants must follow Young & Free Maine on Instagram and post a photo of themselves and their school with the hashtag #Bucks4BooksME.
"Being a recent college graduate, I know what it's like having to spend a lot of money on textbooks," stated Jake Holmes, 2016 Young & Free Maine Spokester. "All the money you save up during the summer seems to vanish after you leave the checkout line at the university bookstore. That's where Buck for Books comes in!"
Bucks for Books launched successfully last year, with entrants coming from 44 different credit unions. The contest is open for entries through September 15. Winners will be announced on September 19. For full contest rules, please
Maine Credit Union League Update
On Sunday, June 5, Maine credit unions worked the crowd and there was a big one to work. From local Mainers, to distant New Englanders and beyond, the 43rd annual Old Port Festival drew 50,000 people to Portland's downtown, and Young & Free Maine and Maine's credit unions were there connecting with many of them. One of the highlights for festival goers was to witness the winners of the Maine Credit Unions' 2016 Sound-Off Competition, Happy Folk and Wyld Lyfe.
Young & Free Maine, powered by Maine's credit unions, was also on hand providing resources to and sparking conversations between Millennials about their personal finances and ways to save for their futures. Many who stopped by the Young & Free table, set up right next to the One City Center Super Stage, took to a chalkboard to write down their biggest financial challenges. Visitors received a Young & Free gum pack, which doubled as a Young & Free business card, or t-shirt for participating.
Jake Homes, Young & Free Maine's newest Spokester, representing the state's 18-25 age group remarked, "We had a blast! People who stopped by our table tended to stick around for a while. They were engaging in the chalkboard and were interested to read the challenges their peers were facing. Most discovered that they shared many of the same financial challenges, and found comfort in knowing they weren't alone." "Festival goers were genuinely interested in what Young & Free was all about, and it was a great opportunity to connect with young Mainers. We are all faced with financial challenges, so it was a topic most young people in attendance could relate too."
For a recap of Young & Free Maine at this year's Old Port Festival, check out the video.