Smule is partnering with Brent Rivera and the Hollister Co. team to help spread awareness on bullying – what it is, the impact it has on people and what we can do to take action. This annual anti-bullying campaign has been very successful since they launched it in 2013. Since then, they’ve donated over $1,000,000 to the cause, reached over 1,750,000 students and awarded 30 scholarships for those who bravely overcame bullying.
On September 30th, 2016, Hollister launched it’s anti-bullying campaign and educational program for the fourth year in a row. This year’s campaign – All Equal – features 18 year old social media personality, Brent Rivera, as the central spokesperson for the campaign . In the video above, Brent goes into great detail on what bullying looks like, why it isn’t cool and simple things we can do to prevent it.
“This partnership and campaign mean a lot to me. ALL EQUAL helps create much needed awareness for the issue of bullying and I was honored to not only help support this initiative, but to have direct input in the type of content that is sent out to schools,” said Brent Rivera. “I think the video will be interesting to middle and high school students and I hope that more teens will start to stand up for what is right and help end bullying.”
Today, you can take part in the campaign on Smule!
Brent has started us off! Check out his duet with Lukas on “Mama Said.”
Bullying and cyberbullying takes place everywhere – it’s a topic important to our community. At Smule, we strive to build and maintain an inclusive and embracing community. Supporting this campaign is part of our ongoing effort to spread awareness of bullying and ensuring that Smule is a fun and safe environment.
A personal story from our Smule Ambassadors …
“I was bullied at different points through elementary school, jr. high and high school and as someone who has lived it, I can honestly say that it’s one of the most difficult hardships one can endure.
I used to eat my lunch in a bathroom stall, terrified to face the hallways and the cafeteria for fear of ridicule. One day I decided I had had enough. I sat with my thoughts for a long while and remembered all the things I loved about ME and reminded myself that NO ONE could ever take them away.
To anyone who is being bullied, nobody can have power over you. Take it back. Remember who you are, love yourself first and foremost and know that even in the darkest of times, the light will return. You CAN and WILL survive it and you’ll emerge stronger, wiser, and more compassionate.
You’re not alone.” – Chanticleer
“We at Singtopia Community are fortunate to have over 6,000 amazing members who not only are dedicated to the Sing! App but also embrace the guidelines in our community to create a more positive Sing! experience . Members have shared with us their feelings and concerns which many include hateful comments they receive and at times direct personal attacks on or off the app. The advice we give to our members is to remain positive, to love yourself and to reflect on what music means to them and why they joined the app. Be confident in all you do and enjoy the app for YOU! The Sing! Community is a global one that includes persons young and old with many language barriers and different personalities. It is always best to take those negative comments and turn them into a positive outcome.” – Maria Sings
“Bullying or just mean people in general are very few on Smule, because as a whole it’s a pretty supportive and inviting community. However, when it does happen, it hurts. Don’t allow people to tell you you’re not allowed to be upset about it, because you’re in charge of your own feelings. It took me a while to realize every comment doesn’t warrant a response, and most of the time that’s all those people want. My advice is to keep singing, and using the app the way YOU want. It’s all for fun in the end.”
– Diego Montana (xYego)
Exciting news for Sing! iOS users: Now you can bookmark invites you’d like to join later!
Have you ever lost track of an invite that you wanted to join? Or forgot about one until it was too late? As one of the most requested features from our community, bookmarking invites will allow you to track those you want to join in one place, easily keeping tabs on how long you have to join. We’re testing this feature on iOS first, and it will come to Sing Android next month.
To bookmark an invite, tap the “…” button from screens you see an invite you want to bookmark. Then choose “Bookmark Invite”:
Your bookmarks will be privately saved to the Invites tab under your own profile, below the invites you created.
Expired and closed invites will be automatically removed from your bookmark list. To manually remove a bookmark, go to your bookmark list and tap “…” then “Remove Bookmark”.
We hope this helps you join more collabs and connect with more of your friends. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions!23
We are excited to be a part of this year’s San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark for the 3rd time.
About the event:
The SF Opera will take over the entire AT&T Park in San Francisco to fill it with free opera on Saturday, July 2nd!
“This free performance of Bizet’s Carmen will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House. Join 30,000 fellow attendees for an unforgettable evening of opera – and garlic fries – under the stars. Choose between sitting on the field or in the stands!” More information here.
What will Smule be doing:
As we do every year, we will do a recording of a sing-along of “Take Me Out to the Opera” featuring the entire ballpark of 30,000 participants singing together. That’s the largest group performance on Sing and you can be apart of it.
Sing with the Artists:
Sing Habanera with Irene Roberts (title role of Carmen)
“Mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts made her San Francisco Opera debut as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2013. More recently, during the 2015–16 season, Roberts joined the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she appeared as Carmen, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also returned to Palm Beach Opera for her role debut as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and made her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in recital with tenor Bryan Hymel and pianist Julius Drake.” – See more on Irene Roberts
Michael Sumuel (Escamillo in Carmen)
“Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 with the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier and Handel’s Xerxes. Highlights of recent seasons include his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Masetto in a new production of Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Magic Flute at Houston Grand Opera, and as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. – See more about Michael
You can sing with him on Smule on June 21st!
“Italian-American mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2012 as Nancy T’ang, First Secretary to Mao in Nixon in China. Recent highlights of the past two seasons include Metropolitan Opera performances as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, and debuts at Vancouver Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids in the title role of Carmen.” – See more about Ginger
Global Meet Up Day!
Summer has arrived, and there is no better time to create amazing memories with friends who hold the same passion as you — Singing. And with singing usually comes a great deal of laughter, snacks, dancing and good conversation. That being said, we welcome you to join in our second Smule Global Meet Up Day: July 23, 2016!
Meet ups happen every weekend all over the world ranging from 2 people to 200 – no matter how big or small, meet ups offer a chance to create something special in real life. Just like on the platform itself, Smule meet ups often involve making music together, a unique way to express yourself and connect with people who are both different from and similar to you. We hope you organize your own meet up and enjoy the opportunity to play, create and bond, together with your Smule friends.
Last year, we dubbed our meet up day “Smule Local” to encourage meet ups locally where ever you might be. But, with meet ups happening all over the world, actually prompting many users to travel to join their Smule friends, it’s actually a global event! Check out last year’s Meet Up Day!
Saturday, July 23rd 2016
How to get started
What happens after that?
Share your experience!
Being a part of the Global Meet Up Day means sharing the experience!
Pics or it didn’t happen 😉
Need help planning your Meet-Up?16
Smule is not only a great place to sing karaoke, it’s also a great place to connect. Really connect! In the past few years, we have seen people meet on Smule, fall in love, get married, and even have babies together (we call them our Smule babies here in the office) — and it’s amazing to see. We wanted to get a closer look into the life of one couple who recently had a Smule baby last year. We would like to introduce you to Juan and Jennifer, who shared their beautiful experience with us!
As part of our Smule Stories program, we send our studio crew out to a Sing! user and interview them about their Smule related story. No matter where you live in the world, if you feel like you or someone you know has a great story to share, please email us! Please be as specific as possible with your story: Community@smule.com.
About their experience with the Smule Stories crew:
1) How did you overall experience go?
It was amazing! We loved every second of it. We wish it could’ve been for longer. Maybe not forever, just another 2-3 years, lol jk. (Not really :p)
2) What was it like to create a video around your family?
I felt blessed that Smule and the staff were interested in our family. Yes, we have a wonderful story, but it’s not just our history. We are still living the moment and the week they were here just solidified that feeling.
3) What were your take-a-ways/highlights?
The absolute best moments were actually just knowing the team. Of course #1 was the surprise visit from Kathy, but the behind the scenes.. the knowing that Smule is seeing its “customers” as actual representatives of what Smule is about… That is bewildering to me!
4) Most challenging thing in the process?
The most challenging part of the process actually was coming to terms that it was only for that short amount of time. We honestly hope to see you all again.27