Every Levitt Pavilion is planned, executed and programmed using the Levitt Model: a three-way collaboration between the national Levitt Foundation, the City government and the local Friends of Levitt nonprofit. From the beginning of development through ongoing operations, the Levitt Foundation provides meaningful support. During the development phase, the Friends of Levitt and City government jointly plan for pavilion construction. Friends of Levitt leads the capital campaign. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation provides seed funding, best practices, guidelines and technical support. Beyond the development phase, the City works closely with Friends of Levitt to maintain the facility. Friends of Levitt programs the 50 free concerts and continues to secure support to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability, while the national Levitt organization offers ongoing support and additional grant opportunities. For more details, visit How we do it.
The Levitt Foundation provides guidance, support and technical assistance to each local Friends of Levitt nonprofit, from formation through ongoing operations. We also offer shared resources, facilitate communications among pavilions, host inter-pavilion events and provide leadership and development opportunities for Friends of Levitt staffs. In addition, we provide in-house expertise for local marketing, outreach and fundraising initiatives.
Levitt’s model of public/private partnerships is vital to the success of every permanent Levitt venue. During the development phase, the City government jointly plans for pavilion construction with the local Friends of Levitt nonprofit and may also provide partial funding. Beyond the development phase, the City works closely with Friends of Levitt to maintain the facility. For more details, visit How we do it.
Thank you for your interest in bringing the Levitt program to your city. The site requirements for developing a permanent Levitt venue are designed to ensure a quality experience, for both the performers and the audience, at a first-rate facility in an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming environment. All Levitt sites must be accessible to a range of socioeconomic groups that comprise a city's population. For more details, send an e-mail to .
The newest Levitt Pavilion will be in Denver, opening in 2017, followed by Houston in 2018. The impact of the Levitt network is inspiring our expansion. We're currently in conversations with nearly a dozen cities across the country, so stay tuned!
Permanent Levitt venues are developing in cities taking charge of their own cultural destinies. Levitt partners with cities that value civic spirit, human connections and access to the arts. To determine whether your city is a good fit for the permanent Levitt program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, visit levittamp.org.
There are many amazing organizations that make our nation’s towns and cities more livable using the arts as a way to engage the community and revitalize neighborhoods. The Levitt Foundation is the only organization supporting a national network of outdoor performance venues offering free concert series across America.
Yes! Each permanent Levitt venue presents 50+ concerts every year, and they are always free of charge. The only exceptions, which are produced in addition to the 50 free concerts, are benefit concerts and special events which help raise funds to support the 50 free concerts. Each Levitt AMP site presents 10 free concerts within a 10-week timeframe. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the wide variety of music and family-friendly atmosphere of the Levitt.
At the Levitt Foundation, we believe everyone—regardless of one’s socio-economic circumstance—should have access to high-quality performing arts experiences. When the first Levitt Pavilion opened in Westport, Connecticut in 1974, Mortimer Levitt was passionately adamant that performances at the pavilion be presented at no charge. Four decades later, the Levitt program provides access to the performing arts to hundreds of thousands of families and individuals, many of whom could not typically afford arts and cultural experiences.
Yes! All musicians who appear on a Levitt stage are professional performers paid a competitive fee.
Creative placemaking focuses on integrating arts and culture into places to drive community engagement, spark economic growth and enhance overall quality of life in the spaces that need it most. At the Levitt Foundation, we are at the forefront of this movement. We harness the power of a welcoming outdoor venue filled with free, live music—a universal language and, we believe, a universal need—to set the foundation for an unforgettable and unifying community destination.
Whether you’re a music fan, a civic leader or a local business, there are many ways to be a part of the Levitt experience. From performing to picnicking to partnering with us, we would love to have you join Levitt's movement to strengthen the social fabric of America. Get involved and become a Levitteer!
Thank you for your interest in booking a performance at the Levitt! Each Levitt venue is programmed by local Friends of Levitt staff. For details, visit Artist booking.
Thank you for your interest in hosting your event at the Levitt! Each venue has its own policies for rentals. For information, please visit your local Levitt's website.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation accepts grant applications for the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition to present free concerts in small to mid-sized towns and cities. The Foundation's other main focus, permanent Levitt venues, provides grants to local Friends of Levitt nonprofits to support their work. If you're interested in bringing a permanent Levitt venue to your city, please email email@example.com for more information.
Please visit levittamp.org for more information about the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition to present free concerts in small to mid-sized towns and cities.
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