The Garden State Philharmonic Among Nominees for Favorite Symphony/Orchestra in 10th Annual Contest
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (January 9, 2018) – The Garden State Philharmonic is pleased to announce its nomination for Favorite Symphony/Orchestra in the 2018 People’s Choice Awards. Now in its 10th year, the annual awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. With the ballots now prepped, it’s time for arts lovers across the state to vote for their favorite local arts organizations.
“The Garden State Philharmonic is incredibly grateful for this nomination as Favorite Symphony/Orchestra,” said Allison Walter, Managing Director at The Garden State Philharmonic. “We’re honored to be recognized by our fellow colleagues, and to be a part of such a strong arts community that drives one another to thrive. We hope our patrons, donors and community members will also support us by voting in this year’s Awards.”
The Garden State Philharmonic and the other contenders in the 2018 People’s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of arts groups across the state. Now, 11 arts districts and 116 organizations will compete in 18 categories, including favorite music festival, art gallery, small theatre, ballet company and more.
“Fans of the N.J. arts scene are passionate and loyal, and for good reason,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “This program has grown beyond our expectations, and that’s a direct result of the distinctive, thriving arts industry in this state offering high-quality experiences all year round.”

Public voting began January 8 at noon and runs through February 20, 2018 at Last year, nearly 18,000 ballots were cast, and even more are expected during this milestone year.
“Our state is rich with cultural and artistic opportunities,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover Jersey Arts program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “The People’s Choice Awards provides an opportunity to showcase the abundance of creativity across N.J., celebrating both winners and nominees with spirit and passion.”


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