We’re thrilled to announce the Top 25 finalists in the running to win $25K matching grants to present the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series! Thanks to more than 30,000 votes this year, these 25 towns and cities are one step closer to bringing free, live music to their communities next summer and fall. Scroll down to view each finalist and learn how they hope to revitalize an underused public space through free Levitt AMP concerts:
2018 LEVITT AMP FINALISTS
(listed in alphabetical order)
Voting for the 2018 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is now officially open! Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25K matching grants to up to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Since all Levitt projects are community-driven, each year the Top 25 Levitt AMP finalists are chosen through online, public voting, open to all.
Vote for your favorite Levitt AMP proposals (up to 5 per person!) and you can help decide which towns and cities will be one step closer to receiving a Levitt AMP grant to present their own Levitt AMP Music Series. With 150 free concerts around the country (10 in each community), the series will inject new life into underused public spaces across America. Vote now! Voting ends November 20, 5PM PST. Spread the word!
The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series ends on a high note with critically acclaimed bluegrass darlings Whiskey Shivers, playing a FREE show tomorrow at 6PM! They’ve dazzled Levitt audiences in Denver (July 2017), Los Angeles (July 2014) and Arlington (September 2014) with their brisk energy and virtuosic folk spirit. Their theatrical, interactive performances have captured the attention of publications like NPR, TheWashington Post and Rolling Stone. Middlesboro, mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this one!
Cozy weather, leaves turning red and orange, quality time with friends and family – there’s so much about the fall season we’re looking forward to! And with more free, outdoor concerts continuing into the new season, we’re not winding down from the thrill of live music just yet. Get ready for more shows through the fall with this curated playlist of artists playing upcoming shows at the Levitt AMP Music Series in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Middlesboro, Ky., as well as Levitt Pavilion Arlington and Levitt Shell Memphis. This mellow, soothing collection of acoustic folk, R&B, indie and more is the perfect companion for the first week of fall – enjoy!
The bombastic, big-band sound of the High and Mighty Brass Band takes the stage at Dog Mountain for the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series this Sunday at 4pm! Levitteers in Westport, Conn., will recall their set at Levitt Pavilion Westport in September 2016. Get ready to dance to the funky sounds of this New Orleans-via-New York outfit, stirring up a storm at festival stages all around the country and beyond!
The raucous spirit of punk and garage rock embraces the spiritual and socio-political bent of Southern songwriting in the music of up-and-coming outfit Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires. Often compared to kindred spirits like Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes, they’ve received critical acclaim from far and wide, including The New York Times, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. Tonight, Levitteers in Hattiesburg, Miss., get to experience their raw energy at a free show as part of the Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series – they take the stage at 8PM!
A truly innovative musical experience is set to dazzle Levitteers at the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury and Levitt AMP Utica Music Series this Labor Day weekend, thanks to Charleston-via-New York-via-Brazil outfit Matuto! Melding the sounds of American Appalachia, bluegrass, Brazilian folk and Pan-Latin rhythms, this critically-acclaimed and globally-minded troupe of musicians have toured internationally, playing at festivals and venues like The Kennedy Center, Expressions of Brazil Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and more. Earlier this month, they graced the stage at The Levitt Pavilion for The Performing Arts in Westport – now, they’re taking the stage at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury this Sunday at 4PM, and at Kopernik Park in Utica on Labor Day at 6PM!
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the 2017 Levitt AMP grantees here in our Echo Park office—what an inspiring group of individuals!
These local arts champions hail from 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities all across the country. After experiencing their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to building community through music at this year’s Levitt AMP convening, we couldn’t be more excited to see the 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series come to life!
Hold onto your hats, folks! We’re in store for a fantastic 2017 concert season (and it’s only a few months away!)
The Levitt AMP grant applications are in—and soon, you will be able to help decide which towns and cities will have the chance to win $25K in matching funds to present their own free outdoor concert series! This year’s applicants span the entire country, from Vermont to Washington state, and all have the goal of revitalizing an underused public space in their communities through free, live music.
Because community involvement is the key to all Levitt programs, your votes make each Levitt AMP Music Series possible. Online public voting opens next Tuesday, November 1, so rally your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues now to sign up to vote!
Change embodies creative placemaking focus for Foundation
Last month, we announced some exciting news—the work of our national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation going forward, furthering our mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music.
Since 2005, the Levitt Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to its nonprofit partners and grantees to support free concerts in communities large and small. As Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, explained, “This exciting change signals our resolve to direct the majority of the Foundation’s philanthropy towards creative placemaking programs that focus on free concerts in public spaces. With funding now geared to one main cause, it made sense to place the operations of our national organization under one roof and to function as the Levitt Foundation, thus sunsetting Levitt Pavilions.” Continue reading →