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.

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Fresh from the excitement of this month’s Golden Globes ceremony, film critics and movie lovers watched the 89th Academy Award nominations announcement this morning with plenty of predictions. As some had anticipated, musical frontrunner La La Land made Oscar history with its record 14 nominations—tied with Titanic (1995) and All About Eve (1950).

Today we had our eyes (and ears) peeled to the Oscars’ musical categories, Best Original Song and Best Original Score. Listen to this year’s nominees below! Continue reading


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

Levitt Loves Dreamers

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the late civil rights leader’s dream for a just and inclusive America. The Levitt Foundation strives to support this dream by bringing people from all walks of life together and strengthening the fabric of our communities through the power of free, live music.

We honor Dr. King—a champion of peace and equality—and his dream, every day. How are you honoring Dr. King’s legacy in your community? Tell us in the comments below. And if you’re in the Arlington area, head over to the city’s annual MLK celebration from 10AM to 1PM today, where you can watch live performances and enjoy local food and art with your neighbors.

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

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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