Master Chorale of South Florida is First to Hit Funding Goal through
Broward County's new online fundraising platform shows early success!

Master Chorale of South Florida

DATE: February 27, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward County Cultural Division

PHONE: 954-357-7463

Broward Cultural Division and Business for the Arts of Broward are proud to announce Master Chorale of South Florida as the first organization to reach its funding goal through the new online initiative Within 21 days of posting their project, Choral Celebration! A Decade of Distinction - celebrating the company's ten-year anniversary, the goal of $8,512.21 was met. It includes a 50 percent match from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.
"This is a very exciting milestone in a new initiative that will help not-for-profit arts organizations grow and develop," says Earl Bosworth, director, Broward Cultural Division. "This partnership with Business for the Arts of Broward brings a unique entrepreneurial support mechanism for the community, and we hope to see organizations extending their goals to gain more financial support." 

Choral Celebration! A Decade of Distinction is one of many projects listed on All former conductors will be returning to help celebrate this special occasion. Jo-Michael Scheibe will come from Los Angeles to conduct selections from Mozart’s Requiem, the first piece ever performed by the Master Chorale. Josh Habermann will fly in from Dallas to conduct Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Girl Choir of South Florida and soloists joining the Master Chorale. Karen Kennedy, now at University of Miami, will conduct two pieces by Vaughan Williams. And Alec Schumacker, the group’s interim conductor, will direct his own composition, a piece called Sanctus: My CathedralThe Master Chorale will be accompanied by the Symphony of the Americas.

"We were thrilled to participate in, and very excited that we were the first Broward County arts group to reach its project goal. Challenge grants are among the most effective tools for raising new and increased dollars from donors," says Mark  Glickman president, Master Chorale of South Florida. "We created a Facebook page for the power2give challenge. Several donors contributed through that site. We also sent emails to all of our chorus members and board members and encouraged them to contribute, and to forward the email to their relatives and friends, inviting them to participate as well. Many of our donors were happy to know that their gifts would be matched."

Some other projects making their way through this new online fundraising process include Paintbrushes for the Young Rembrandts in our Community, with Museum of Art ¦ Fort Lauderdale-Nova Southeastern University; The Hip Hop Symphony, with Pablo Malco Foundation and TM Sisters Curate Environmental Art Projects with Girls' Club Foundation. Through the website, donors are able to give directly to arts and cultural projects seeking up to $10,000 in funding in Broward County. There is no charge for these organizations to post on the site.

"Business for the Arts of Broward is dedicated to continually merging and growing the mutual strengths of the arts and business within Broward," said Jarett S. Levan, chair of Business for the Arts of Broward. "As we see more success, we will continue to expand this critical segment of Broward's economic portfolio."

In Broward County specifically, Business for the Arts of Broward launched in early January 2013, with $75,000 in financial support gained through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, and $25,000 from Broward Cultural Division. Nationally, accepts postings for projects from statewide 501(c)3 organizations with arts or cultural project funding needs, each within their own community. was created by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte, N.C. ASC is a non-for-profit whose mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts.

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