Sarasota, FL – November 9, 2012 – The Sarasota Orchestra announced today, on the opening of its Masterworks season, the FUNd for Tomorrow, an initiative which will provide up to 2,500 free Masterworks tickets to students in Sarasota and Manatee Counties during the 2012/2013 season. A key component of the new program is an incentive feature, made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
“The Sarasota Orchestra is committed to its long term vision and understands that today’s students are the cornerstone of the Orchestra’s future,” says Joseph McKenna, President and CEO of the Sarasota Orchestra. The innovative program offers an incentive for area students in Sarasota and Manatee County to gather support for their school music program by attending live performances of the Sarasota Orchestra.
At the conclusion of the Masterworks season next April, the Orchestra will compile student attendance over the season by school and remit to school music programs $10 for each student, per each concert they attend. Area school music programs, that have faced cuts due to the challenging economy, stand to receive up to $25,000 from this program, added McKenna.
“This initiative is designed to provide opportunities for a new generation to attend live orchestra concerts and at the same time strengthen the teaching of music in area schools.” said McKenna. In addition to the grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Orchestra seeks to raise $150,000 from area music lovers, patrons and businesses to underwrite the cost of the tickets for area students for this program.
“The arts are at the core of our community’s distinction,” says Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “This program will enhance music education in area schools while helping to sustain one of our region’s esteemed arts organizations. It’s the kind of smart investment Gulf Coast aims to make in the arts.”
Additional information about FUNd for Tomorrow, including the procedure to acquire tickets for Masterworks concerts, is available on the Orchestra’s website at: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/fund.cfm?home.
About the Sarasota Orchestra:
Come as you are. Leave different. For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. In 2008 the organization unveiled a new name and logo with a package that offers new series, new concerts and a whole new way to experience live music, along with the timeless classics. For more information about the Sarasota Orchestra please visit SarasotaOrchestra.org.
About Gulf Coast Community Foundation:
Together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of Venice Hospital. Since then, it has welcomed more than 500 charitable funds established by generous donors and invested more than $141 million in the community through grants in the area of health and human services, education, civic and economic development, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.