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Business nominations sought for Dr. M.L. King Jr. Community Service Award

Nomination deadline is December 16, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio – The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, is currently accepting nominations for the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which will be presented at the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Awards will be presented in three categories in recognition of the services and achievements of a business or organization, an adult, and a youth that have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nomination forms are available through the websites of The Cleveland Orchestra , the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the City of Cleveland, or by calling The Cleveland Orchestra’s Department of Education and Community Programs, 216.231.7355.

Nomination forms are due by Monday, December 16, 2013, and should be mailed to MLK Community Service Award, Attention: Education and Community Programs, The Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, or emailed to with Subject Line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination.

A panel composed of business and community leaders will select award recipients. The Nomination Committee will be chaired by Robert P. Madison, CEO, Robert P. Madison International, Inc., and a member of the Musical Arts Association Board of Trustees.

To view the criteria for the awards and the nomination form, click here.

Awards Presentation and Concert

The awards will be presented at The Cleveland Orchestra’s 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The concert, led by Chelsea Tipton, will take place at Severance Hall at 7 p.m. and will feature the Junior Division First-Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, cellist Lev Mamuya. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, with director and conductor William Henry Caldwell, will also participate in the concert.

Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, January 2, 2014, through the Severance Hall Ticket Office in person; by phone at 216.231.1111 or 800.686.1141; or online. Due to the high demand for tickets to this concert, traditionally all tickets for this concert are distributed by 4 p.m. on the day they are made available to the public. There is a limit of two (2) tickets per household.

This concert is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence. The musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra donate their services for this concert as a benefit to the The Cleveland Orchestra sustaining fund.

For more information about award nominations and the 2014 MLK Celebration Concert, please contact The Cleveland Orchestra’s Department of Education and Community Programs at 216.231.7355.

Click here for a list of past award recipients.


About the Commission on Economic Inclusion
The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Its mission is "to significantly improve the level of inclusion-the meaningful involvement of minority businesses and individuals-in the economic engines that drive Northeast Ohio."