Community Voting for the 2019 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards Opens Nov. 1
OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2018) – The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala, is in the running for a third year to bring a 10-week live music series to Ocala in 2019.
Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, MCA and the City of Ocala hope to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is 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 non-profit organizations will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series – a free, outdoor concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.
The proposed venue site for the 2019 series is historic Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex located at 1510 NE Fourth St. The City of Ocala and MCA’s proposal will be available to view on the Levitt Foundation’s website, www.levittamp.org, Thursday, Nov. 1.
Online public voting for the 2019 Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series will open Thursday, Nov. 1 and close Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (5 p.m. Pacific Time). The top 25 finalists following the online public voting will advance to the next stage in the grant awarding process. The Levitt Foundation will review the proposals of those 25 finalists and select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 18. To vote, please visit grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page.
“Marion Cultural Alliance is excited about the prospect of winning a third Levitt AMP concert series for Ocala, which we can bring to the community next summer,” said Jaye Baillie, Executive Director for MCA. “The community’s response to the past two Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series events has been wonderful to wonderful to watch. Folks young and old from communities across our city enjoyed 10 weeks of dancing, swaying and singing on the great green lawn at historic Webb Field.”
A successful public voting campaign for Ocala 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 a key factor when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.