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Amplify Central Florida Latest Winner: St. Luke’s Concert Series




ORLANDO — St. Luke’s Concert Series 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. The winning organization gets $2,500 in free on-air and online messaging.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School in Oviedo has hosted concerts for 25 years by some of the finest musical ensembles in Central Florida: Orlando Philharmonic, Brass Band of Central FL, UCF Symphony Orchestra and the Orlando Concert Band. During the past decade alone, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people have attended the free performances, which are presented each month from September through April.

Judy Duda, executive director of St. Luke’s Concert Series, is excited to be able to spread the news of their free concerts to more of our community.

“Having the capacity to reach thousands of 90.7 WMFE listeners through the on-air messages the station so generously provides … gives us the opportunity to spread the GOOD NEWS about the FREE performances St. Luke’s Concert Series has offered for 25 years to a much larger slice of the Central Florida community!” Duda wrote in an email.

“We are thrilled to know that additional numbers of families with children, the elderly population and the community-at-large will learn about the invitation they have to hear the finest musical ensembles in Central Florida perform in a beautiful and acoustically excellent venue as the free gift of St. Luke’s Concert Series. Thank you for helping us to “amplify” this invitation and share it with the whole community!”

Thanks to all of the arts organizations who participated and everyone who voted. Learn more about St. Luke’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.

Nominees also submitted a “case for support” document to 90.7 WMFE to explain what they do and how it would help if they were to win. Fans of those nominees could vote for their favorite arts organization to show their support. Then WMFE’s Community Advisory Board took those factors into account to decide the winner.

Be the next winner!

This was just the second round of the Amplify Central Florida campaign. They’ll be offered quarterly, giving a new chance for organizations to enter and win $2,500 worth of on-air messaging.

How to enter: Central Florida arts organizations can enter the contest by submitting their events to the WMFE Community Calendar for events between March 1 and May 31, and then submitting or updating a Case for Support.

The next round of voting opens in January, 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.