Vote Now to Help Bring Free, Live Music to Port St. Lucie
The City of Port St. Lucie partnered with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) and is now in the running for a grant to bring a 10-to-12-week live music series to Port St. Lucie during the summer of 2019.
Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the City of Port St. Lucie hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the “Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.” City leaders are asking the public to cast their vote online to help bring the exciting program to Port St. Lucie.
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. This includes a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10- to-12 consecutive weeks during 2019.
Port St. Lucie has advanced to the nationwide competition of this selection process. The success of Port St. Lucie’s application will depend on the community effort 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. 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.
Supporters are encouraged to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote for Port St. Lucie’s proposed concert series. Online public voting begins November 1 and ends November 20, 2018. 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 December 18, 2018.
Through the Civic Center Department, the City launched its pilot live music series, the Free Friday Concert Series, in July 2018. The City’s first concert event supported more than 500 attendees and subsequent concerts reached an audience of almost 1,000. With the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant, this audience can be expanded and move Port St. Lucie closer to its vision of a city for all people by providing diverse music genres that appeal to different socio-economic backgrounds.
Only not for profit 501 © (3) organizations are eligible to apply for the grant. Our partner, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA), is the representative organization for the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. SLCA’s executive director, Neil Levine, has over 35 years of arts management experience with a successful track record of managing events routinely with thousands of attendees. For more information about St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, contact Lisa Fitz-Coy, Communications Manager, at 772-462-2783, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artstlucie.org
The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities. With over 189,000 residents, Port St. Lucie is Florida’s eighth largest city by population (South Florida’s 3rd largest city). The City occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, half way between Miami and Orlando. The City provides most traditional municipal services including law enforcement, water and sewer, and public works. For more information, please visit: www.cityofpsl.com