Wilmington has been awarded a $90,000 matching grant to present a free, multi-year outdoor music series.
The grant comes from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a social impact group that supports nonprofits throughout the country focused on music, public spaces, and community building.
The matching funds will be used to present a 10-week live music series in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Wilmington Cityfest will provide programming at the new Urban Artists Exchange, a studio and amphitheater complex on Wilmington’s East Side that’s expected to be finished by year’s end.
The exchange is being created on the site of the police department’s former police stables.
“This multi-year matching funds award from the Levitt Foundation to present a free outdoor music series at the beautiful new amphitheater just confirms that our original transformational vision was on target, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds for this site,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki in a news release.
Grant recipients were selected following a public voting period and a comprehensive internal review process. Combining 15 new and 18 returning grantees, the Levitt Foundation is awarding $3 million to nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the United States.
Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Levitt Foundation, said the concert series will strengthen the social fabric of the Wilmington community.
“Positive change happens when people of all ages and backgrounds come together and we’re thrilled to support changemakers like Cityfest,” Yazowski said. “The Levitt AMP Wilmington Music Series at the Urban Artist Exchange Amphitheater will bring a dynamic addition to the city’s East Side, presenting stellar live music as part of the area’s cultural renaissance and creating a pulse point where community members gather.”
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