Kimmel’s Music for Mom Mother’s Day Contest: Enter to Win a Personalized Song for Your Mom

As we already know, this Mother’s Day will be quite different for many when it comes to travelling and visiting our Moms, Grandmoms and other special moms in our lives.  The quarantine has certainly forced us to think outside of the box when it comes to sharing our love and affection in a social-distant friendly way.

Right here in the Philadelphia area, The Kimmel Cultural Campus is encouraging the public to celebrate Moms this year in a whole new way!  Tuesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 3, “Kimmel’s Music for Mom” is encouraging the public to nominate mom (their mom or any mom they love) by submitting three reasons why she is a wonderful mother. These three reasons will be used as inspiration by the artists for the creation of an original song that will be delivered on Mother’s Day. Entries are due no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3 and can be submitted via Facebook, Instagram, or email . Three lucky Moms will be chosen to receive a gift they will cherish forever – their very own story in a song written and performed by Kimmel Residency artists and delivered via video for Mother’s Day. How incredibly amazing is that?!

“Kimmel’s Music for Mom” artists include Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Jazz and/or Theater Residency artists – Dane Terry, multimedia storymaker, performer, and composer; critically-acclaimed cabarettist Molly Pope and orchestrator/arranger Matt Aument; and Ruth Naomi Floyd, vocalist and composer.

“COVID-19 may prevent us from gathering, yet it can’t stop the Kimmel Cultural Campus from bringing art and joyful experiences out into our community. We are strengthened by artistic experiences that show us how we connect and now, more than ever, we need the arts!” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Moms – the perfect inspiration for the creation of music! We are proud to work with our Residency Artists on this project, giving them support at a time when their livelihoods are affected. We may be in the midst of an intermission, yet we are still here to bring our great city together – because together is our favorite place to be.”  

Interested nominators are encouraged to enter through either Facebook (@KimmelCenter), Instagram (@KimmelCenter), or via email at

  • To submit via Facebook: Follow the Kimmel Cultural Campus @KimmelCenter and in the comment section of the Music for Mom post, post a photo with Mom’s name and three (3) reasons why the nominator believes she is a wonderful mother.
  • To submit via Instagram: Post a photo of you and Mom and tag the Kimmel Cultural Campus @KimmelCenter. In the caption, post Mom’s name and three (3) reasons why the nominator believes she is a wonderful mother.
  • To submit via email at Send an email with Mom’s name and three (3) reasons why the nominator believes she is a wonderful mother.

Each artist will receive compensation from the Kimmel Center for these “digital singing telegrams”.

In addition to the Kimmel’s Music for Moms, the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, along with Resident Company support, has created “The Show Must Go On”, an invitation to stay connected virtually. “The Show Must Go On” features 100% FREE, artistic content for any age – including content from every Kimmel Center Cultural Campus Resident Company (The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO, The Philly POPS, Curtis Institute of Music, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society). While staying inside and preventing the spread of COVID-19, followers can immerse themselves in performance highlights, artist interviews, educational learning opportunities, and more – all available online from the safe comfort of home. Followers can access this content via and on social media @KimmelCenter.

For a wide range of “The Show Must Go On” content and to join in as #ArtHappensAtHome, stay connected with the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. Visit to sign up and receive the weekly “Ovation” newsletter with updates, resources, and more. The public is invited to create and share their own art – singing, dancing, playing an instrument, rapping, reciting poetry, etc. – on social media and tagging the Kimmel Center. Additional content includes art from Philadelphia-based talent, educational resources, Spotify work-from-home playlists and zoom backgrounds, archival footage, concerts, livestreams, takeovers, and much more.

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