Our friends over at Downtown Springfield Inc. have notified us that our Springfield is currently in the running to win a grant for $25,000 to go towards music events in the downtown area. The grant is called The Levitt Amp Grant – here’s a description of the Levitt Amp organization from their site:
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting 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. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country.
While Levitt’s program of permanent outdoor music venues, each presenting 50+ free concerts annually, is tailored to large metro areas with populations of over 400,000 (due to financial sustainability and audience development considerations), the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are specifically designed to meet the needs and capacity of small to mid-sized towns and cities.
Since 2015, the Levitt Foundation has awarded $1.4 million total to 29 communities across America through the Levitt AMP grant program.
Springfield is currently eighth place in the running. Go to the Levitt Amp site and vote right here – you will have to register on their site (which entails giving them a name and email address) before voting.
Downtown Springfield Inc. has reached out to us at Black Sheep saying they would like us involved in some of the organizing for at least one of the events if we win the grant!