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Latest Amplify Winner: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras




ORLANDO — Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras has won the latest round of Amplify Central Florida arts funding. The contest brought together fans of arts organizations across Central Florida to choose their favorites.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras will get $2,500 in free on-air and online messaging on 90.7 WMFE and sister station 89.5 WMFV.

FSYO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has served Central Florida for 62 years. It is made up of nearly 300 students and seven ensembles: three symphonic orchestras, one string-training orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and two jazz orchestras.

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. Photo by Lindsay Parks Neel[/caption]

"FSYO is fondly called Central Florida's best-kept secret," FSYO Executive Director Heide Evans Waldron said. "The Amplify funding will provide us with the opportunity to reach new audiences and share classical music through performance. This award will also help us spread the word that young musicians are fostered and educated in Central Florida -- something to be very proud of."

Thanks to all of the arts organizations who participated and everyone who voted. Learn more about FSYO's events and other local events by visiting WMFE's Community Calendar!

The contest:

90.7 WMFE launched the Amplify Central Florida campaign in July 2018 to help support arts organizations after the state cut arts funding by nearly 90 percent.

To help spread the word about art events around Central Florida, 90.7 WMFE has a Community Calendar that arts organizations can contribute to. To enter the Amplify Central Florida contest, arts organizations added their events to the calendar then let their fans know it was the place to go to find fun things to do around Central Florida.

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. Photo by Lindsay Parks Neel[/caption]

Organizations also submitted a “case for support” document to explain what they do and how it would help if they were to win. Voting was held on WMFE's Facebook page, and then WMFE’s Community Advisory Board reviewed the voting results and the cases for support to decide the winner.

Be the next winner:

The next round of the Amplify Central Florida campaign opens April 1, and is another chance for organizations to win $2,500 worth of on-air messaging.

Central Florida arts organizations can enter the contest by submitting to the WMFE Community Calendar for events happening between June 1 and Aug. 31, and then submitting or updating a Case for Support.

The next round of voting opens in mid-April, so stay tuned to 90.7 WMFE, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook: 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV.

Please share this campaign with arts organizations in the community who would benefit from this opportunity!

About Community Communications Inc.:
Community Communications Inc. is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; 90.7-2 Classical; and since March 2018, 89.5 WMFV, public radio for The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle. Part of the community since 1980, Community Communications focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. Visit  wmfe.org and  wmfv.org for more information.

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Questions about the Amplify Central Florida campaign? Email Communications & Marketing Specialist Jenny Babcock at  jbabcock@wmfe.org.