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Concerts in Small and Mid-Sized Towns and Cities

Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation

Conf. Date:

05/09/22

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 5:00 PM PDT

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to present professional music concert series in small to medium-sized cities and towns. The public spaces in which the concerts are to take place must be outdoors, easily accessible to a wide range of socioeconomic groups, and have a lawn-like setting with no fixed seating. The entire music series must be free to the public and represent a diverse range of music genres.

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.

Each Levitt AMP Music Series must present a broad range of music genres throughout the series. The concert series should be inclusive of all music tastes, providing the opportunity for the community to experience a variety of music performances. To celebrate local traditions and history, opening acts may be programmed to highlight a specific music genre.

Applicants should book the Levitt AMP Music Series so that it includes a variety of local, regional and national talent featuring a range of music genres, from acclaimed, emerging musicians to seasoned, award-winning artists.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174677

Number of Grants:

Up to 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Levitt Foundation awards three-year matching grants of $30,000 per year, for a total grant award of $90,000.

Applicants that advance to the Voting Period will receive a grant from Levitt in the amount of $1,500 to support their efforts participating in the Voting Period.

Term of Contract:

- Each grantee receives a three-year matching grant. The “AMP Awards Period” begins April 18, 2022 and ends October 31, 2025.

- Each Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series takes place over a minimum of 10–12 consecutive weeks, between late spring and early fall. The Concert Series Period begins on April 1 and ends October 31 each year.

Additional 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 area with a population of no more than 1,000,000. For towns or cities located within a metropolitan area with a population of more than 1,000,000, the town or city must be at least 20 miles from the anchor city of the metropolitan area.

- If a Levitt AMP Music Series is located in an applicant’s state or region, the proposed Levitt AMP site must be located a minimum of 50 miles from the existing Levitt AMP Music Series.

- If a permanent Levitt venue is, or will be, located in an applicant’s state or region, the proposed Levitt AMP site must be located a minimum of 75 miles from the existing or developing Levitt venue. Existing Levitt venues may be found here: https://www.levitt.org/locations. Cities where Levitt venues are in development are Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, and San Jose.

Levitt will also consider the following factors, amongst other factors, in selecting the Grant Recipients: (i) the characteristics of the selected public space where the Concert Series is proposed to take place with preference given to Applications with public spaces that are easily accessible to a range of demographic groups; (ii) Applications which display a programming philosophy that is inclusive, family-friendly, high caliber, and represents a wide range of music genres; (iii) Applications submitted by nonprofits that are BIPOC-led, and/or inclusive of all members of the community, particularly those who have been historically excluded and/or underrepresented due to race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability; (iv) outreach strategies that are inclusive of all members of the community; and (v) a proven track record of presenting professional quality concerts or partnering with an individual or organization that has done so.

- The proposed Levitt AMP site cannot be located in a town or city that is a Levitt AMP grant recipient.

The Grant may not go towards a capital campaign. The Grant may not be used to purchase permanent sound or lighting equipment or fixed assets of any kind for your organization or for your partner(s).

Employees of Levitt, employees of Friends of Levitt organizations, Friends of Levitt organizations, Levitt and Friends of Levitt organizations’ respective advertising, promotion, fulfillment, or other coordinating agencies (individually, “AMP Awards Entity” and collectively, “AMP Awards Entities”); and their respective immediate family members and persons living in their same household, whether related or not; are not eligible to submit an Application or become an Applicant or be a Partner.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2023-2025 Levitt AMP Grant Awards Webinar – May 9 at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT

Join a live webinar to learn about the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an exciting opportunity to present your very own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series!

During the webinar, the following topics will be discussed:
• Goals of the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards
• Eligibility criteria
• Online application process and key dates
• What makes a compelling application
• Matching funds requirement
• Online public voting process and mini grant
• Levitt AMP Toolkit and support resources

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to ask questions through an online chat feature.

This webinar is for organizations that have either never received a Levitt AMP grant or have received a Levitt AMP grant prior to the current grant cycle (2022 concert series). There is a different application for current Levitt AMP grantees.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HQ2DtS9CTz-vrj7qjsHyAg

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- The Application Period begins at 8:00 AM EDT on April 18, 2022 and ends at 5:00 PM PDT on June 30, 2022.
- Grant Awards Webinar: May 9 at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT
- Each Applicant will be notified by email no later than August 22, 2022 regarding whether their Application has been selected to be posted on the Site for the Voting Period.
- The Voting Period begins at 10:00 AM PDT on September 12, 2022 and ends at 5:00 PM PDT on September 21, 2022.
- The Levitt Review Period begins at 10:00 AM PDT on September 22, 2022 and ends at 5:00 PM PST on November 14, 2022.
- The Grant Recipients will be announced by Levitt on the Site on November 15, 2022.

The Grant will be disbursed in three payments each year of the Grant: 25% will be disbursed upon the Grant Recipient providing Levitt with proof of matching funds, the confirmed artist roster for the Concert Series (as approved by Levitt), and the other required documents and information as outlined in the Grant Agreement; 50% will be disbursed six weeks before the launch of the Concert Series upon the Grant Recipient providing Levitt with the required documents and information as outlined in the Grant Agreement; and the final 25% will be disbursed upon completion of the Concert Series and submission of the Report.

The AMP Awards is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program, thus Grant Recipients must raise a minimum of $30,000 in matching funds each year of the Grant. Of the total matching funds raised, up to 50% may be in-kind contributions and the rest must be cash donations, sponsorships and/or grants.

Applications information: https://levitt.org/apply/

FAQs: https://levitt.org/faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online: https://levitt.org/register/

Direct questions to amp@levitt.org.

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