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Levitt Foundation Expands Levitt AMP Grant Awards to $90,000 Multi-Year Matching Grants to Support Nonprofits Based in Small and Mid-Size Cities

Applications are now open nationwide for the 2023-2025 grant cycle to showcase a series of free concerts that activate underutilized public spaces and build community through the power of free live music

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a social impact funder supporting nonprofits nationwide at the intersection of music and public space, announces application period open for her Levitt AMP [Your City] Subsidiesnow through June 30, 2022.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting, multi-year matching grant opportunity bringing the joy of free live music to cities and towns with populations of up to 250,000. For the 2023-2025 grant cycle, The Levitt Foundation has expanded the Levitt AMP program with an annual matching grant of $25,000 into a three-year matching grant from $30,000 per year, for a total subsidy of $90,000. US-based nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards to present the Levitt AMP Music Series – 10 free concerts that inject new life into underused public spaces, creating joyful and inclusive community destinations. Reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to all Levitt projects being community driven, the top 20 Levitt finalists will be selected by public online voting. Interested nonprofits can review the eligibility criteria and apply today at levitt.org/apply. Former scholars are eligible to reapply for the 2023-2025 Levitt AMP Grant.

Since 2015, The Levitt Foundation has provided funds to 38 communities across America through the Levitt AMP Program, activating underutilized outdoor public spaces, ensuring access to the arts, and strengthening the social fabric of communities through the creation of creative places, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds. through a series of free concerts featuring a diverse range of artists, musical genres and cultural programming. The acronym “AMP” evokes the objectives of the program: Amplify community pride and uniqueness of a city; enriching lives through the power of free, live Music; and illustrate the importance of a dynamic audience Places.

Today marks the first time in three years that Levitt AMP applications have been opened to the public. Due to the pandemic, all 2020 Levitt AMP Scholars also received Levitt AMP Grants in 2021 and 2022.

“Since the launch of the Levitt AMP program in 2015, we have seen firsthand the enormous positive impact of Levitt AMP concerts in building more equitable, healthy and prosperous communities, creating pride and a sense of belonging within each hometown, and stimulating additional investment to support the local economy,” says Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Levitt Foundation. “We are thrilled to once again open applications to new communities seeking to harness the power of music to connect us and bring joy to our lives, while realizing the incredible potential of cities and towns across our country. “

While the Levitt Foundation’s acclaimed program of outdoor concert halls, each presenting 40-50 free concerts per year, is suitable for large metropolitan areas with populations over 400,000 (due to financial viability and development considerations audience), the Levitt AMP [Your City] The grants are specifically designed to meet the needs and capacity of small and medium-sized cities, with each Levitt AMP grantee presenting 10 free outdoor concerts. The Levitt AMP program is open to nonprofits from all sectors – past recipients have included nonprofits in the arts, high street, community development, affordable housing, universities, among others – while the Levitt Place Program has a dedicated non-profit partner “Friends of Levitt”, which manages, programs and supports the site throughout the year.

Like the Levitt AMP [Your City] The grants are matching grants, each applicant must obtain a dollar-for-dollar match from $30,000 each year from other sources such as foundations, companies, municipalities and individual donors, among other entities. Up to half of the matching requirement may be in-kind, such as a donation of sound equipment, professional services, or a marketing contribution. In addition to the monetary award, Levitt AMP grant recipients receive the Levitt AMP Toolkit containing valuable resources to help them produce their concert series and access peers within Levitt’s nationwide network of venues and venues. gigs. In addition, candidates participating in the online public voting phase will receive a $1,500 mini-grant from the Levitt Foundation to support their efforts.

Levitt AMP concerts are intended to create inclusive experiences, where all members of the community are welcome to participate. The most competitive proposals will contain the following elements:

  • The public space where the free concert series is to be presented is easily accessible to a range of demographic groups;
  • A programming philosophy that is inclusive, family-friendly and representative of a wide range of musical genres;
  • Proposals submitted by non-profit organizations led by BIPOC and/or inclusive of all members of the community, particularly those who have been historically excluded and/or underrepresented due to race, ethnicity, their national origin, immigration status, socio-economic status, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability;
  • Have a proven track record of presenting professional quality concerts or community events or partnering with an individual or organization that has.

Online public voting will determine the top 20 finalists between September 12 and 21, 2022. The Levitt Foundation will then review the nominations and announce the Levitt AMP 2023-2025. [Your City] Grant recipients on November 15, 2022.

Since Soldotna, Alaska with a population of nearly 5,000 people in Trenton, New Jersey With more than 83,000 residents, the Levitt AMP program reaches a wide range of communities across America, showcasing pop, rock, folk, world music, country, jazz, Latin, children’s shows, blues and more. To see current Levitt AMP grantees presenting concert series this summer, please visit levitt.org/amp. To view past grantee communities, please visit levitt.org/past-grantees.

Learn more about the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, verify your eligibility and access the application, please visit levitt.org/amp. Press photos are available.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private family foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its commitment to creating creative places, the Levitt Foundation supports the activation of underutilized public spaces, such as neglected parks, downtown vacant lots, and former brownfields, into welcoming and inclusive destinations. where the power of free live music brings people together to create more equitable, healthy and prosperous communities. Major areas of Foundation funding include Levitt Sites and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Scholarships. Both of these programs feature free outdoor concerts, on an open lawn, showcasing high caliber talent in a wide range of musical genres and cultural programs. Levitt Halls and Levitt AMP concert venues attract people of all ages and backgrounds and reflect the character of their town or city, while benefiting from the framework and best practices of the Levitt program.

The Levitt Foundation invests in community efforts that harness the power of partnerships and leverage community engagement. Levitt nonprofits and AMP grant recipients partner with other local nonprofits and community groups to inform programming, outreach, and engagement, embodying the fundraising philosophy and values fundamentals of the Foundation to support inclusive, catalytic and dynamic projects, and create connectedness and joy. Reflecting its ongoing commitment to self-reflection and contribution to the field of creating creative places, The Levitt Foundation invests in research to assess the social impact of Levitt programs in communities, which in turn informs the evolution of the Foundation’s philanthropic practice. Learn more: levitt.org and follow us @levittfoundation on Facebook and Instagram and @levittfdn on Twitter.

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