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The Straz Center, Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall – Nov 22, 2014 at 7:00pm

Thank you for being a part of Play it Forward 2014!

We will be posting photos and videos soon.

Much more than just a benefit concert…

Youth Music Camp:

  • Music Camp from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Music Camp special appearances by professional musicians & athletes

Evening Concert Featuring:

  • Music Camp students as the opening act!

VIP Tickets Include:

  • Premier event seating
  • Pre-concert reception at 4:30pm; includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks
  • Early access to silent auction items
  • Play It Forward swag bag
  • ‘Meet & Greet’ with Starstruck Recording artist Caroline Kole
  • Special Appearances by Striking Matches & Amber Carrington

Play It Forward
Music Camp

Children from Title I schools across the Tampa Bay area will have the opportunity to perform as our opening act.  These students will learn the music and come together at the Straz for a day of practice, inspiration and motivation.  Each student earns a place in the Play it Forward Youth Band featured in the evenings concert.

We are also bringing inspirational athletes in our community, particularly those with a passion for music, to participate with our kids in an interactive workshops.

The workshops will be held on November 22, 2014, from 12:00pm-4:00pm followed by a benefit concert at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Play It Forward
Benefit Concert

Held in the heart of downtown Tampa at one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts centers, Play It Forward is much more than a concert! For the second year, the benefit concert is being held to raise funds and raise awareness of the efforts of Instruments of Change in our community.


  • Starstruck Recording artist Caroline Kole
  • Country/Rock duo Striking Matches
  • American Country artist Amber Carrington
  • The ‘Play it Forward’ Youth Band
  • Silent Auction, door prizes, and interactive social media outlets presented by WeVue
  • #playitforwardtampa

Music changes lives, and Instruments of Change® is working hard to help at-risk children in our community reach their educational potential.


Caroline Kole was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Tampa, Florida. She got her first guitar at age 8 and started songwriting soon after. She landed her first paying gig at age 10. Songwriting eventually led Caroline to visit Nashville, where through a friend, she was connected and discovered by Reba McEntire and her husband, music manager Narvel Blackstock.

In 2011, Caroline moved to Nashville after being offered a publishing and artist development deal with Sony/ATV. She is a member of the Starstruck Entertainment family (which is also home to Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson) and is currently signed to Starstruck Records.  Caroline can be found on the road opening for Reba McEntire and has an endorsement deal with Martin Guitars. Her first single, “Money To Me”, and current single, “If He’d Ever Look Up”, has been continuously featured on Sirius XM The Highway and CMT Pure. You can also hear Caroline’s amazing vocals and catch a glimpse of her in Reba McEntire’s current single and music video, “Pray for Peace“.


Made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, Striking Matches came to Nashville to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin from Atlanta met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. Consequently, their first performance was the first time they had ever played together. The pair has been writing and performing ever since.

Their self titled EP released in October 2012 was named among iTunes “Best of 2012″ and enabled the duo to score features with NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In December 2012, Striking Matches made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry where they have subsequently played 33 times. The duo has had eight songs featured on ABC’s hit show “Nashville“, with one already confirmed for Season 3. They are currently opening for Train, and have recently been signed to Capitol Records.


Amber Carrington, born in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American country music artist who gained her fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice”. Her natural voice, style and ease with country music challenged iconic Voice coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Amber’s powerhouse voice and talent took her into uncharted territory landing her in the top 10 of the iTunes charts and locked her in one of “The Voice’s” top 5 performers. She currently is living in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently had the opportunity to make her Grand Ole Opry debut, as well as becoming an ASCAP songwriter. She is hard at work recording her first EP with all original material and is excited to share he music with fans worldwide.