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Latest Amplify Winner: Steinway Society of Central Florida




ORLANDO — 90.7 WMFE’s Community Advisory Board selected Steinway Society of Central Florida to receive the latest round of Amplify Central Florida arts funding. The contest brought together fans of arts organizations across Central Florida to choose their favorites.

Carla and Jonathan Medacier try out a piano awarded in a 2015 gifting while Steinway Society founders Gary Grimes (far right) and Kathy Grimes (far left) and the children’s parents look on. (Photo by C. Wonsavage)

Steinway Society of Central Florida will get $2,500 in free on-air and online messaging on 90.7 WMFE and sister station 89.5 WMFV.

Steinway Society, celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, is a nonprofit organization that provides piano lessons, pianos and performance opportunities to disadvantaged students, primarily in elementary school.

“The Steinway Society of Central Florida is honored and thrilled to be recognized by 90.7 WMFE, a valued community institution in itself, in its Amplify Florida community support initiative, and thanks all who participated and voted,” Steinway Society founder and President Gary Grimes said.

“For 12 years, the Steinway Society of Central Florida’s mission has been to nourish the musical knowledge and artistic talents of disadvantaged youth and provide an opportunity for young piano students to work toward a higher level of excellence in their school work and personal lives. To fulfill that mission, the Society provides ongoing piano lessons in youth centers, in-school seminars, concerts, recitals and has awarded some 200 pianos to talented children. Our annual August fundraiser, ‘Divas in Concert with Michael Andrew’, provides critical support to that mission. We are grateful to WMFE for the chance to spread the word about it, and help provide the ‘gift of music’ to disadvantaged children.”

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

About Amplify:

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.

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.

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.