The Orlando Fringe Festival is a big beneficiary of the new Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education — to the tune of $10,000.
Miller, an Orlando attorney for 30 years, established his foundation through the Community Foundation of Central Florida. Its goal is to "promote, perpetuate, enrich and improve music, performing arts, visual arts and theater arts and to advance arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding in the community."
A matching fundraising campaign during this year's Fringe meant any money donated to the festival would be matched by Miller's foundation, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. The $10,000 goal was reached, Fringe officials said Thursday. The money raised will be used to start an endowment for the 22-year-old festival.
Miller, who is president of The Closing Agent title company, has an arts background. He was instrumental in putting the Orlando Fringe Festival on the road to recovery after a financial crisis in 2004, and he's a board member of Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
Miller also is the executive producer of the Grammy-nominated "How to Succeed in Business" cast album starring Daniel Radcliffe. The Broadway Consortium, which produces Broadway shows and cast albums under the Broadway Records label, was created by Miller along with his partner, Kenny Howard, and Van Dean. The Broadway Consortium was the recipient of a Tony Award as producers of "The 'Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" musical in 2012.
"Mr. Miller's philanthropy in our community will provide important capital to the arts sector," said Mark Brewer, president of the Community Foundation of Central Florida "and we are honored to work with him in his quest to make arts and education more sustainable."
The Community Foundation of Central Florida is a public grantmaking foundation that serves as a trusted philanthropic home for nearly 400 charitable funds established by generous individuals, families and corporations.
Since its establishment in 1994, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $50 million in assets, and has awarded cumulative grants of more than $30 million.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun