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Winners Announced for the 2016 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

2016Winners_Email_smaller.jpgToday, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the second annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, once again the Foundation opened the AMP selection process to the public to choose the Top 25 Finalists.

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Announcing the Top 25 Finalists for the 2016 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards!

Congrats to the Top 25 Finalists!After a very close public voting competition, we’re thrilled to announce 2016’s Top 25 Levitt AMP finalists! A huge thank you to the thousands of voters who participated—bringing their towns and cities one step closer to a $25K Levitt AMP matching grant! Meet this year's Top 25 finalists and learn more about the public spaces they're looking to revitalize through the Levitt AMP Music Series (listed in alphabetical order by city name):

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A Look Back at Levitt AMP 2015 and Announcing 15 Winners To Be Chosen for 2016!

What a difference a year can make! During the past year we’ve watched 10 Levitt AMP sites come to life—transforming underused public spaces into vibrant, music-filled community hubs. With the inaugural Levitt AMP Music Series coming to a close this week, we’re celebrating some of the many ways this free, community-driven outdoor music series has impacted the 2015 Levitt AMP grantees’ hometowns.

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Although the first Levitt AMP chapter is about to conclude, the next is already underway! The application period for the 2016 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards has just ended and the applicant pool has nearly doubled from 2015.

Which brings us to some fantastic news! Recognizing our nation’s growing need to come together as communities, we're thrilled to announce that we've expanded Levitt AMP to 15 grants to be awarded across the country in 2016! That's right, 15!

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Spotlight Series: MarchFourth

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What do you get when you take a troupe of jazz, funk and brass musicians, dress them in marching band costumes, throw in stilt-acrobatics, hula-hoopers and Vaudeville dancers and ask them to put on a show? 

An experience unlike any other…that goes by the name MarchFourth!

Get ready Charlottesville, because the larger-than-life marching band is coming to IX Art Park as part of the Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series! Learn more about the “circus funk” group before their free show this Friday.

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Spotlight Series: Memphis Dawls

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Hold onto your hats—tomorrow night Cleveland, Miss. will be hit by a whirlwind of country, folk and soul when  The Memphis Dawls take the Levitt AMP Cleveland stage. Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., these contemporary folk sweethearts made their Levitt debut last year in their hometown with a memorable performance at Levitt Shell.

With a sound that's part folk, part country and part gospel (and musical mentors like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt), the Memphis Dawls honor the legacy of folk music while infusing their own contemporary flare. 

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Spotlight Series: Marcella and Her Lovers

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Growing up with GRAMMY-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien as her father, Marcella René Simien always knew she wanted to be on stage. By the age of 14, she was performing and touring with her father’s band, appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International de Louisiane and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, among others. 

Now a professional musician in her own right, Marcella wowed audiences in her hometown of Lafayette, La., at the Levitt AMP Music Series earlier this summer. And in the coming week, she will play two more Levitt stages with her band, Marcella and Her Lovers: Levitt Shell on September 13 and the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series on September 16. 

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Spotlight Series: Low Cut Connie

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This Saturday, Low Cut Connie—a rock ‘n’ roll force whose music has been described as “pathologically fun” by The New York Times—heads to Levitt AMP Trenton.

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Spotlight Series: Jimmy Rose

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Saturday night, Marine Corps veteran and America’s Got Talent finalist Jimmy Rose will take the stage at the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series, playing a free show in partnership with Freedom Fest 2015. The festival, presented by nonprofit organization Veterans Serving Veterans, celebrates the service of veterans and helps spread awareness about PTSD.

Learn more about Rose before his free show!

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Spotlight Series: Five Alarm Funk

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Ready for monster horns, shredding guitars and songs about giant robots?

Tonight, the Canadian rockers Five Alarm Funk will bring more than funk to the Levitt AMP Bellingham Music SeriesPrepare to experience an eclectic mix of gypsy rock, Latin, ska and progressive metal by this nine-piece Vancouver-based band, which brings an intense dance party wherever it performs!

Want to learn more about Five Alarm Funk? Check out some band trivia!

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Spotlight Series: Danny and the Red Pants Band

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This week, GRAMMY-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants (TMBG)Danny Weinkauf, teams up with the Red Pants Band to bring audiences at two different Levitt locations pop tunes that are loads of fun for the whole family. Weinkauf and his band kick off the party tonight at Levitt AMP Frederick and continue the family-friendly fun tomorrow at Levitt Westport.

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