Selby Foundation Gives $125,000 Toward New SCF Concert and Recital Hall

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 6, 2019) — The Selby Foundation has awarded the State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) a $125,000 grant to support a concert and recital hall to be housed in the new Studio for the Performing Arts at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The grant was matched by the SCFF board of directors, bringing the total value of the gift to $250,000.

Scheduled to open in 2021, the SCF Studio for the Performing Arts will play a major role in serving the growth of music, art and theater programs in the region. The nearly 15,000 square foot facility is projected to have direct use by more than 5,000 students, community members and visitors per year, including a significant number of first-generation, economically challenged and geographically limited students and residents, many of whom would not have access to affordable music education or quality music performances otherwise.

The concert and recital hall will be a multi-functional space with seating for up to 150. The 5,000-square-foot hall will be used for rehearsals, student and faculty recital performances, and community events. SCF’s current music facilities do not contain a recital hall for performances by soloists and small groups.

The Selby Foundation was founded in 1955 to improve the quality of life in Sarasota County and its bordering counties, with special interest in providing capital grants to support the construction, acquisition and/or renovation of facilities.

For more information or to support the ongoing fundraising campaign and generate capital matching dollars for the studio, visit or call 941-752-5390.