Online voting began Nov. 1 at Levitt AMP website — http://levittamp.org

The Galva Arts Council is again in the running for a grant that would provide significant funding for a 10-week live music series planned for 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 Galva Arts Council 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 matching grant opportunities created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. 

Up to 15 non-profits 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.

“The Galva Arts Council is excited to build on the success of last year's (2018) concert series. This year has added significance as we will be celebrating our 30th year of providing arts programs to the city of Galva and the surrounding communities,” said Stephanie Taylor, Galva Arts Council president.

The 2018 Levitt AMP Galva Music Series was a rousing success — attracting approximately 7,000 music fans to Wiley Park for 10 free concerts. The music was wide-ranging — from Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas to the rock of the Kris Lager Band — and the success of the series has organizers conversing with the City of Galva about building a permanent stage in the park. The concerts also benefitted 12 non-profit organizations.

 The Galva Arts Council submitted the proposal for Galva, with  Wiley Park as the venue site. Galva’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting, http://levittamp.org.

Taylor said a successful campaign for Galva 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 https:// grant.levittamp.org/ voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. 

Online public voting opens Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. 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 Dec. 18.

"The City of Galva is grateful for the stories told by the talented musicians that found their way to us courtesy of the Levitt AMP Music Series.  The good work they did gladdened our hearts and infused our souls with lyrical prose that made us move," said David Dyer, Galva’s city administrator.

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

Learn more at http://levittamp. org and http://galvaartscouncil.org.