Vote To Bring Levitt AMP 2018 To Chattanooga

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jazzanooga is now in the running to bring a 10 -12 week live music series to Chattanooga during the fall of 2018.  

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Chattanooga hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. 

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are a matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians. 

Jazzanooga submitted the proposal for Chattanooga. The proposed venue site is the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Chattanooga’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting. 

A successful campaign for Chattanooga depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners. 

Supporters are asked to visit to register and vote. Online public voting opened on Wednesday at noon and ends Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on Jan. 2, 2018.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring Levitt AMP back to Chattanooga in 2018," said Shane Morrow, founder and creative director of Jazzanooga. "The 2017 series really highlighted the power of free, live music and reflected the diversity of our city.  I think one of the keys to making this series a success is the unique collaboration between partners in our city, including Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, the city of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.” 

Jazzanooga asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Chattanooga’s proposal. 

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