Monthly Archives: January 2017

Levitt loves the NEA

Here at Levitt, we’re firm believers that people of all ages and backgrounds deserve the opportunity to experience the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) serves our nation by supporting inclusive arts programming—including free Levitt concerts—across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories (which is why it’s near and dear to our hearts!).

Visit the NEA’s website to learn more about their comprehensive efforts to ignite and nurture creativity in individuals, institutions and communities across the country.

Among the predictions for the 2017 Coachella festival lineup were a variety of well-known artists from popular music genres, from R&B royalty (Beyoncé) to rock innovators (Radiohead). Like every year, the lineup reveal was not without some surprises. Perhaps most unexpected was the addition of Hans Zimmer, the German-born composer who has scored over 150 movies since the 1980s. And yet a closer look at Zimmer’s career reveals how his ability to push musical boundaries makes him a fantastic choice for one of the most popular music festivals in the world. Continue reading

This past Sunday, Damien Chazelle’s film La La Land broke records at the 74th Golden Globe awards, taking home every award for which it was nominated—seven in total. While watching a love story between a struggling jazz purist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) unfold, the film’s viewers enjoy a playful explosion of color, iconic Los Angeles landmarks and some fabulous music composed by Justin Hurwitz (with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul). Hurwitz’s whimsical work earned Golden Globe Awards for both “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song.” Continue reading


Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the third annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, once again the Foundation opened the AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading