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Live Show Ticket Sales

Reserved seating tickets go on sale in early December online at The online price is $10 per seat. 

We expect the show to sell out quickly, however, any unsold or unclaimed tickets may be available at the box office for $15 on the night of the performance

The show will be held at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium and will start at 7:00 pm. 

About Rockford's Got Talent

Stars will light the stage as Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) hosts a concert with a cause to support the Krause Memorial Library Expansion Fund. 

RACE has reached out to the best of the best talent in our community. Performance acts, from music, to comedy, drama, poetry, magic, dance gymnastics and just about anything you can perform on stage have been invited to participate. 

We'll narrow down the entrants to the top 11 performances, divided between youth and adult categories for the live performance Saturday January 7, 2023 at the Rockford High School FIne Arts Auditorium The performance starts at 7:00 pm.

Funds raised through ticket sales, brochure advertising, donor support and online voting will be split between the Library Expansion Fund and RACE, to build the endowment for future uses. Funds raised for online voting will be split between the Library Expansion Fund and the People's Choice performer chosen through the vote on the night of the performance.

About the Rockford Area Community Endowment

The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) supports the worthwhile projects and causes that make this community a wonderful place to live.

Organized in the 1960’s and revitalized in 2003, the Endowment has grown to over $700,000 in assets. 20% of annual income is distributed in grants, while 80% is retained as an endowment investment to ensure a growing perpetual fund to support future community needs.

The Endowment is a 501(c)3 recognized charity, meaning all gifts are fully tax deductible. It has no administrative expenses other than investment management fees. Board members donate their time and talent as trustees. All contributions to the endowment stay 100% in the Rockford area.

Recent Endowment support…

Police and fire departments

Scouting projects

West Michigan Archery Center

Rockford Dog Park

Rockford Area Museum

Krause Memorial Library

John Sjogren Memorial

Michael F. Young Riverfront Memorial

North Kent Connect expansion

Info for Performers

Rockford's Got Talent is recruiting performers with acts of all kinds. To audition, record your 3–minute performance and upload it to your YouTube or Vimeo account. Then, complete the Talent Audition Form, agree to the contest rules and regulations and link your uploaded video. Deadline for entering is midnight November 30.

Rockford's Got Talent Rules and Terms of Competition 

  1. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm November 30 2022. 
  2. Finalists will be announced no later than December 15, 2022. 
  3. Decisions of the judges are final and cannot be appealed. 
  4. Maximum performance length is 3 minutes. Scoring penalties will be applied to acts that exceed the time limit. At the discretion of the judges, live performances may be interrupted after 4 minutes. 
  5. No inappropriate language or offensive content is permitted. This can include profanity, suggestive dialogue, inappropriate dress, racially or culturally insensitive slurs or any material or activity deemed inappropriate to the judges. Acts should be appropriate for children 8+.
  6. Acts can be from any location, however, acts with a connection to the greater Rockford area will take precedent and judges selection is final. 
  7. Acts will be judged on a rubric that takes into consideration "Originality," "Performance,"    "Presentation'" "Uniqueness," "Audience Reaction," “It Factor." 
  8. All acts compete for both a judges award and a people’s choice award. An act may win in either or both categories. 
  9. By submitting the application, your act and all performers give Rockford’s Got Talent permission to use group and individual information, history, biography and photography in any and all show publicity, in playbills, on web and social media pages, in promotion and publicity without remuneration of any sort. 
  10. Youth acts must have written permission from parents or guardians of all children under the age of 18 available to forward to Rockford’s Got Talent upon request.

About the Krause Memorial Library

Strong community time, talent and support have always been the catalyst for growth of the Krause Memorial Library.

Today, the Krause Memorial Library is the most heavily–used library in the KDL system, per square foot.

A 2019 community study commissioned by the Krause Memorial Library Board concluded that our library needs to more than double in size to meet current and future needs. 

As the world re–opens, we are seeking support from industries and institutions, grants and (of course) you and this community that has supported this library for 80 years. We hope you will be a part of our growth.

How we’ve grown…

  • 1929: The first library since the “Great Fire” of 1878 opens in a small room with donated books
  • 1937: G. A. Krause (founder of Wolverine Worldwide) finances construction of a 3,400 volume library in downtown Rockford 
  • 1963: The Adolph Krause family builds a 1,200 sf addition 
  • 1989: Private donations and a City bond issue grows the library to its present size 
  • 2021: The Krause Library Expansion and Improvement Fund is established through Rockford Area Community Endowment to usher in a new era for the library

who pays for the KRAUSE MEMORIAL library? WE ALL DO.

Krause Memorial Library is proud to be a member of the of the Kent District Library system, one of the top library systems in the United States. As a member, KDL stocks the Krause Library, provides staffing, IT and connected services across its system. KDL is funded through a county–wide bond issue approved by county voters.

However, KDL does not pay for building costs or improvements, land, utilities and maintenance. These costs are the responsibility of the community which the library serves. Without community support, our library cannot grow. Rockford's Got Talent is the first community fundraiser for the Kent Memorial Library Expansion Fund. Funds generated will help us continue to explore our path for growth, to remain a vibrant part of the community for years to come.