Amplify community pride and a city’s unique character
Enrich lives through the power of free, live Music
Illustrate the importance of inclusive and vibrant public Places
Together, these three goals of the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards activate underused public spaces and build community through the power of free, live music. Congratulations to the Top 20 Levitt AMP Finalists who are now one step closer to bringing this vision to life in their communities!
Reflecting the Foundation’s commitment that all Levitt projects be community-driven, the Top 20 finalists were determined through a public voting process that took place September 12–21, 2022. More than 89,210 votes were cast for the 36 community proposals that advanced to the voting period, setting a new record for the Levitt AMP grant program. Click on the city names listed below to learn about the applying nonprofit and its community, or visit levitt.org/vote to view all 20:
Top 20 Finalists
AMERICAN FORK, UT (Harrington Center for the Arts)
BATESVILLE, AR (Main Street Batesville)
BATON ROUGE, LA (Scotland Saturdays)
CASPER, WY (David Street Station)
CLINTON, OK (Scissortail Productions)
COLUMBIA, SC (Koger Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina)
COLUSA, CA (Colusa County Arts Council)
CUMBERLAND, MD (Allegany Arts Council)
FORT PIERCE, FL (St. Lucie Cultural Alliance)
GREEN BAY, WI (On Broadway)
HANA, HI (Hana Arts)
HARRISONBURG, VA (Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance)
HOUMA, LA (Houma Downtown Development Corporation)
LITTLETON, NC (Lakeland Cultural Arts Center)
MURFREESBORO, TN (Main Street Murfreesboro)
RUSSELLVILLE, AR (Main Street Russellville)
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (The Prizery)
VALDOSTA, GA (The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts)
WACO, TX (Creative Waco)
WHEELING, WV (Wheeling Heritage)
The Levitt AMP Grant Awards is an exciting, multi-year matching grant opportunity bringing the joy of free outdoor concerts to small to mid-sized towns and cities with a population of up to 250,000 people. For the 2023–2025 grant cycle, the Levitt Foundation expanded the Levitt AMP program from an annual matching grant of $25K into a three-year matching grant of $30K per year, for a total grant award of $90K. Earlier this spring, U.S.-based nonprofits were invited to apply to present the Levitt AMP Music Series of 10 free outdoor concerts, creating joyous, inclusive community destinations.
From among these Top 20 finalists, up to 10 first-time grant recipients will be announced on November 15, 2022, and receive the $90K matching grant opportunity to present their music series in 2023, 2024, and 2025. The current Levitt AMP communities, which were invited to reapply in May, already have been awarded multi-year matching grants to continue presenting free, live music across the nation, from Main Street communities to rural towns in the heart of Appalachia to historic state capitals.
Combining new and returning Levitt AMP grantees, the Levitt Foundation will invest more than $2.5 million over the next three years to bring free concerts to 28 communities across the U.S. as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series, activating underused outdoor public spaces, ensuring access to the arts, and strengthening the social fabric of communities through creative placemaking. Levitt AMP concerts are intended to create inclusive experiences, where all members of the community are welcome to participate and enjoy a wide-ranging array of GRAMMY®-winning musicians and acclaimed, emerging talent, music genres, and cultural programming in expansive, open lawn settings.