November 1, 2018 Share

Trenton Downtown Association Wins Multi-Year Grant to Present the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series

$75K in matching funds awarded over three years to continue 10  free outdoor concerts in Mill Hill Park each summer

November 1, 2018 -Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named the Trenton Downtown Association as one of three nonprofits across the United States to win a new, $75K multi-year matching grant over the next three years to present the Levitt AMP Music Series. The two other nonprofits to win the multi-year matching grant are Middlesboro Main Street in Middlesboro, Ky.; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Each of these nonprofits has received annual Levitt AMP grants during the past four consecutive years.

“We are thrilled to announce Trenton as a multi-year Levitt AMP grant award winner,” says Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Levitt Foundation. “During the past four years, the Trenton Downtown Association has shown tremendous impact in the community through Levitt AMP, bringing people together of all ages and backgrounds through the power of free live music, while creating a meaningful community gathering space in the state capital’s historic downtown core. We’re proud to continue our support of this inspiring community.”

“The TDA is extremely grateful and very excited to have the Levitt Foundation recognize Trenton with this incredible opportunity, says Tom Gilmour, Executive Director. “The Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series has been a platform that has created families of attendees, staff and volunteers from within the community to come together every Thursday evening in the summer. We are thrilled to see this journey unfold with our partners and presenting sponsors from the beginning, the City of Trenton, New Jersey Manufacturers and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The multi-year grand provides us a new opportunity to leverage our success and continue to host this amazing event in the heart of downtown Trenton for three more years. Thank you to the hundreds of individuals and sponsors who make this happen!”

In June, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits to submit proposals that would reflect the three goals of the Levitt AMP awards: Amplify community pride and a town or city’s unique character; enrich lives through the power of free, live Music; and illustrate the importance of vibrant public Places. Nonprofits that received a previous Levitt AMP grant were eligible to reapply. A total of 78 nonprofits from around the country submitted Levitt AMP proposals for 2019, and of these 42 proposals were advanced to the online voting phase, with the public invited to help choose the Top 25 finalists. As a multi-year grant recipient, Trenton will receive funding through 2021 and therefore will not participate in the Levitt AMP online voting process, which opened earlier today at and ends at 5:00 pm PST on November 20, 2018. The 2019 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award winners will be announced on December 18, 2018