Season Two Brainstorming | Planning Session

Springfield hasn’t won the grant yet (we still need your votes at through November 20!)

But if we should be lucky enough to win a second grant for a second season of free, live music — we’d like to get started with our planning earlier and have more people involved.

Are you interested in booking music? Marketing? Community activism? Having fun?

Did you have a gripe about season one and now need to step up and make season two what you want it to be?

We welcome everyone to the table! A diverse planning group is just as important to us as a diverse stage, and diversity on the lawn. Bring your friends.

Free Concert: Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series

Help us kick off Springfield’s first Levitt AMP Music concert presented by PNC on the Y Block! This summer, we’re taking you on a musical adventure — for free! All you need to bring are your lawn chairs and blankets, and we’ll take care of the rest. Bring your family, friends & neighbors as our community experiences the power of free, live music. It’s a citywide neighborhood block party on the Y Block every Thursday from May 30 – August 1!

Kicking off the series on May 30 is gospel artist Damon Mitchell, a singer, pianist and songwriter from Madison, Illinois whose love for hymns, jazz, soul, and traditional gospel music have led to a unique sound. The opening act will be Ntegrity, who calls himself a “spiritual hip hop” artist.

6:00-6:40pm Ntegrity (See Band Bio & Links in the Discussion)
6:40 – 7:00pm Free Kids Activities by the Springfield Park District
7:00-8:15pm Damon Mitchell (See Band Bio & Links in the Discussion)

Free. Family Friendly.
Lightning location is Central Baptist Church if needed. Follow Levitt AMP Springfield on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and weather changes.
Grab takeout from a downtown restaurant —  from one of our food vendors on site or pack a picnic.

Visit for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

The Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series presented by PNC Bank is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at

Springfield was named one of 18 Levitt AMP Grant Awards winners for 2019 by the Levitt Foundation, a grant presented to small and mid-sized towns and cities across America. Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Springfield Area Arts Council submitted the Levitt AMP proposal and are co-presenting the concert series. The Springfield Park District is sponsoring children’s activities before the concerts and during intermissions.

Other series sponsors include Isringhausen Imports, U.S. Bank, Levi Ray & Shoup, Visit Springfield, and Illinois Realtors. In-kind series sponsors include the Office of the Mayor – City of Springfield, Illinois, the Radio Matters partnership with Mid-West Family Broadcasting – Springfield, IL, Capitol Radio Group, and Neuhoff Communications the Springfield Park District, Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Central Baptist Church, Evan Lloyd Architects, Illinois National Bank and HISO Music.

Concert sponsors include Conn’s Hospitality, Recycled Records, Dumb Records, Heartland Coca-Cola, Kerber Eck & Braeckel, WUIS’ Nightsounds, Alderman Kristin DiCenso, Alderman Joe McMenamin and Cavanagh & O’Hara Law Firm.

In-kind concert sponsors include the Springfield Jaycees and Viper Mine for fireworks after the performances on July 4th; the Springfield Sliders; Catalano Creative; and UAct.

Thanks for Your Votes! Downtown Springfield is a 2019 Levitt AMP Concert Site

The Y Block in Downtown Springfield will be the site of 10 free music concerts in summer 2019 thanks to the announcement that Springfield will receive a $25,000 matching grant from the Levitt Foundation.

Downtown Springfield was chosen as a recipient after a nationwide vote with 41 communities vying for the music matching grant. Thanks, Springfield, for your votes!

The Levitt AMP [Your City] grant program has several criteria:
1) to activate an underutilized space;
2) to provide a variety of music and performers;
3) and to bring a community together through music.

The application was submitted by Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Springfield Area Arts Council with a support letter from the City of Springfield.

Are you in a band or know of a band that you’d like to see play on the Y Block next summer? Email us at

We will launch an RFP process to find organizations who want to partner with us to program an evening, as well as bands, in January or February.

We expect to announce the lineup by April 1, 2019.

Concerts will be held on Thursday evenings from May 30 – August 1.

We’re also looking for corporate and family sponsors to help us match the grant! Contact us to find out the benefits of sponsoring free music for our community.

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