photo courtesy of the White family

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County (“ACA”) this week announced that it has presented the 2022 Dominique Award to the family of the late Newport musician LeRoy White, who was given the award posthumously at the organization’s “Raise Up the Arts” celebration in June.

The annual award honors individuals who have championed the arts in Newport County and demonstrated a collaborative and positive spirit in the arts community. 

LeRoy White moved to Newport in 1977 and performed with local bands Channel One, Kahn and White, and the History of Jazz. He developed his own sound, which he labeled “Ethnic, Urban, New Age with Soul and Conscience.” White eventually took the Soul & Conscience Tour to every state in the country but remained deeply connected to the Newport community until his death in 2021. He brought his music to concerts, parades, and other venues, playing and praying for peace and amity among people.

“LeRoy left a powerful legacy of unity, goodwill, and wonderful music,” said ACA President Susan Woythaler. “The ACA is very pleased to recognize his lengthy and significant contributions to Newport County by awarding his family this award in his memory.”

Information about the 2023 Dominique award is posted on the ACA website,

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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