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Cleveland Orchestra, GCP and City of Cleveland seek nominations for 12th annual Community Service Awards

Submission deadline is Friday, December 5th

CLEVELAND – 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 12th 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 18, 2015, at 7 p.m.

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

Nomination and selection process

Members of the community may submit nominations for award consideration. 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 Friday, December 5, 2014, and should be mailed to MLK Community Service Award, Attention: Education and Community Programs, The Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, or e-mailed 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.

Click to download the awards criteria and nomination form.

Award presentation and concert

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards will be presented to the selected outstanding adult, youth, and business or organization at The Cleveland Orchestra’s 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on January 18, 2015. The concert, will take place at Severance Hall at 7 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Friday, January 2, 2015, 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.

For more information about award nominations and the MLK Celebration Concert on January 18, 2015, please contact The Cleveland Orchestra’s Department of Education and Community Programs at 216.231.7355.

Click to see the list of past award recipients.