About The Awards

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting multi-year matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national creative placemaking funder dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. As a foundation committed to building community through music, Levitt AMP revitalizes underused public spaces, ensures access to the arts and celebrates the power of music to foster connections among people of all ages and backgrounds.



Amplify Community Pride And A City’s Unique Character


Enrich Lives Through The Power Of Free, Live Music


Illustrate The Importance Of Vibrant Public Places

Levitt AMP grantees are U.S.-based nonprofits that receive three-year matching grants of $30K per year, for a total grant award of $90K, to present the Levitt AMP Music Series: 10 free concerts that inject new life into underused public spaces, creating joyous, inclusive community destinations in small to mid-sized towns and cities.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are specifically designed to meet the needs and capacity of small to mid-sized towns and cities, with a population of up to 250,000. For additional eligibility criteria, scroll down to How it Works.

Since 2015, the Levitt Foundation has awarded grants to more than 50 communities across America through the Levitt AMP grant program. Check out the 33 nonprofits who have been awarded Levitt AMP grants to present free outdoor concerts in 2023–2025.

On November 30, 2023, the Levitt Foundation announced we will spend down $150 million in assets by 2041—significantly increasing the Foundation’s ability to support thousands of free outdoor concerts in communities across America as a vehicle for positive change. In addition to providing matching grants for free outdoor music series, the Foundation will continue providing additional support to Levitt AMP grantees, including capacity building and robust resources. With the spend down, the number of communities receiving Levitt AMP grants will expand in the coming years. The next grant cycle is slated to open in 2025, so stay tuned!


How It Works

  • Nonprofits complete an online grant application on levitt.org website.
  • The Foundation reviews all submitted applications; selected proposals advance to the online public voting phase and receive a grant of $1,500 to support their efforts.
  • Out of the Top 20 finalists, as determined by online public voting, grants are awarded to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations serving towns and cities with populations of up to 250,000.
  • Each grantee receives a three-year matching grant for $30,000 per year, for three years (2023, 2024, 2025), to present the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series, a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts.
  • Each Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series takes place over a minimum of 10–12 consecutive weeks, between late spring and early fall.
  • Each Levitt AMP Music Series features a musically diverse lineup of high-caliber entertainment.
  • To ensure each grantee is positioned for success, grantees receive a Levitt AMP Toolkit containing valuable resources, such as: sample artist contract; sample press release; hosted page on the Levitt AMP website; eblast and social media templates; list of talent managers and music agents from across the country; sample sponsorship packet; consultation with staff at the national Levitt Foundation, and more.
The Most Compelling Proposals Will Depend Upon A Variety Of Factors

Levitt AMP concerts are intended to create inclusive experiences, where all members of the community are welcome to participate in the joy of free, live music. The most competitive proposals will convey the following:   The public space where the free concert series is to be presented is easily accessible…

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The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards transforms underused public spaces into thriving community destinations.


Eligibility Criteria

• Applicant must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. • All proposed Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series must take place in small to mid-sized towns and cities within the United States and its territories with a population of up to 250,000 people and may be located within a metropolitan…

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