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For the second consecutive season, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Springfield, Illinois as one of 20 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to receive a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Y Block.


Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation submitted Springfield’s Levitt AMP proposal with partners Downtown Springfield Inc, Springfield Area Arts Council, the City of Springfield, and Springfield Park District.

In July of 2019, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits to submit proposals that would reflect the three goals of the Levitt AMP awards:  Amplify community pride and the 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. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation opened the selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists.

The public voted on the submitted proposals over a three-week period in November, selecting their favorite projects online at

Springfield’s 2020 concerts will be held on the Y Block once again, on Thursday evenings from May 28 through July 30. People wanting to get involved in organizing the concerts should contact The local organizers have developed a Request for Proposals for sound technicians and are looking for staging ideas before December 31st. Finally, if you know of a local, regional, or national band who would meet Levitt Foundation’s standards for diversity, please email. Fans should follow @LevittAMPSpringfield on Facebook.

2020 Season Update

As of March 23, the '20 season is currently scheduled to go on as planned starting at the end of May.

We will be monitoring the situation and provide updates as we get them.

Be safe.