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This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spread some caring and kindness! Whether you’re with friends, family, volunteering or taking some much needed time off, remember the legacy of MLK Jr. and how he transformed a nation half a century ago. Compassion in your interactions with others not only brightens your day, but makes the world a more gentle place!

Holiday decorations have been put away, New Year’s resolutions have been made and we’re already dreaming of warm spring days—bringing us one step closer to the 2019 Levitt concert season!

This year, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities nationwide, serving more than 750,000 people. And planning is already underway! Across the country, Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levitt AMP grantees are hard at work to make 2019 the most impactful season yet—energizing public spaces in metropolitan centers like Los Angeles, where Angelenos will gather in MacArthur Park to enjoy free outdoor concerts in one of the city’s densest, most diverse neighborhoods; to rural communities like St. Johnsbury, Vt., where residents and visitors alike will come together to experience the joy of free, live music atop the scenic Dog Mountain, in a formerly industrial area. Continue reading

Annemarie “Mimi” Gratzinger Levitt, an iconic patron of the arts and historic preservation, died of natural causes on January 6, 2019 at her home in New York. She was 97. Known for her intelligence, grace and hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism, Mimi believed in the arts as a source for positive social change and left a lasting legacy of generosity and service to the causes she supported. Continue reading

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2018 has been an incredibly impactful and sonically-charged year for the Levitt network, with nearly 500 free Levitt concerts building community all over the country in 26 towns and cities. From the gospel-infused Levitt National Tour to over 150 concerts presented as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series to over 330 free concert series presented at seven permanent Levitt venues. Levitteers across the nation were treated to amazing music by rising stars and acclaimed artists! Today, we’re sharing our personal favorites – songs that we kept on repeat throughout the year. From the cinematic vocals of Lady Gaga to the now world-renowned K-Pop of BTS, check out the Levitt Foundation’s favorite picks of 2018 below:

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‘Tis a time of celebration and festive music—and with a plethora of movie musicals playing this season, you can experience both while cozying up with friends, family or loved ones at your local theater.

As we head into another holiday weekend, here are some fun facts about this season’s movie musicals and the vibrant soundtracks bringing them to life. Interestingly enough, each film takes viewers on a new sonic journey while paying homage to beloved pop culture icons of the past—both real and imagined—ranging from Queen’s dynamic front man to a magical nanny with tunes to cure any and all ailments. Continue reading

$25K matching grants will bring free outdoor concerts to 18 small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America

Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $450,000 in matching grants to 18 nonprofits serving small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts as part of the fifth annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, the Levitt Foundation once again opened the Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading


Relive the magic of the 2018 Levitt National Tour with our new recap video featuring concert highlights and exclusive artist interviews with southern rock hero, Paul Thorn, and living legends of gospel, Blind Boys of Alabama! Between June and August, these artists dazzled Levitt audiences in seven Levitt locations—including including Bethlehem, PA; Memphis; Arlington, TX; Los Angeles; Dayton, OH; Denver; and Sioux Falls, SD (where audiences received a taste of what’s to come when their Levitt Pavilion opens in 2019). Each Levitt tour stop was an incredible evening for the entire community! 

And be sure to keep an eye out for our 2019 LNT announcement—we’ll be revealing the performer early next year! Learn more at levitt.org/national_tour

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards—and we’re thrilled to share that 17 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, country, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Included on the list is the first-ever Record of The Year contender with the phenomenal Maren Morris, who’s also competing for five other awards!

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Levitteers, this past summer and fall you filled our live #musicmoves feed with your favorite Levitt concert memories through some show-stopping photos, videos and captions! We’ve selected our favorites, which are featured in our new highlights video above.

Coast to coast, we loved seeing you come out and support your local communities through the power of free, live music. Whether you grooved to the beat, sang at the top of your lungs, or lounged under the summer night skies, we were captivated by your #musicmoves. Thank you for making 2018 another amazing year, and we can’t wait to see how #musicmoves you in 2019!

And once again, congrats to the four winners of the 2018 #musicmoves contest winners who won iTunes gift cards below! Below are their winning entries.

Round One 1st Place Winner – @thomasnwalshii

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At the first @levittampwoonsocket free concert #musicmoves

Round One 2nd Place Winner – @thomasnwalshii

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Summertime at the Levitt AMP Sheboygan! #musicmoves #levittamp

Round Two 1st Place Winner – @twestfield 

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“I Be Happy When I See My Friends, Part II!” Look who I ran into! I love these Movers and Shakers (as opposed to working to change the Arts & Music scenes) was inspiring! Seeing @bigfeedia LIVE was amazing!!! Thank you #LevittAMP #LevittAMPChattanooga + @Jazznooga for bringing the Queen Diva out so we could #NOLABounce in the #GigCity #ScenicCity #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #CHAMusic

Round Two 2nd Place Winner – @pattybarden

#musicmoves Another wonderful #levittamp music show at the #californiacenterforthearts in escondido. Down with the crowd here is brass band La Patronal (@lapatronal). The Opener was another bunch of sassy brasses, Euphoria. These Grape Day Park concerts are a great Escondido thing. The world needs MORE LIVE MUSIC of all kinds