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ARTSGREENSBORO AND CITY PARTNER ON WINNING GRANT TO PRESENT FREE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation announced today that Greensboro is one of 15 American towns and cities to win a Levitt AMP Grant award of $25,000 in matching funds to present a series of 10 free concerts in 2016. The concerts will be held at Jimmie I. Barber Park in East Greensboro.

In July, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits, and municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, 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. 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.

ArtsGreensboro and the City of Greensboro joined forces to apply for the grant, as did 39 other nonprofits and cities. The public voted on the submitted proposals throughout the month of November, selecting their favorite projects online at http://grant.levittamp.org.

“Following the success of the 2015 National Folk Festival and with Greensboro’s long history of supporting MUSEP (Music for a Sunday evening in the Park) concerts, we realized that Greensboro was ripe for more free, high-quality concerts highlighting a variety of performers and musical genres,” said Tom Philion, ArtsGreensboro President and CEO. “We knew we could engage the community to vote online for our proposal and propel us to win this grant.”

“Everything we do is about building better lives to build a better community. The public/private partnership with Arts- Greensboro and winning the Levitt AMP grant allows us to do just that, through enhancing quality of life for our residents,” said Wade Walcutt, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Greensboro. “The arts are very important to us, and for years we’ve been proud to produce the MUSEP program for our community. We’re thrilled to provide another free opportunity for our residents to listen to great music and connect with the outdoors in one of the best parks in the City!” Greensboro elected officials expressed their delight about the grant. “This is another significant win for our city and our residents,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “Greensboro is a city that supports—and celebrates—cultural activities.”

District 1 Council Member Sharon Hightower, whose district includes Barber Park, said, “Barber Park is an absolutely beautiful site, one of the top parks in our region. It’s in an area that will benefit from the increased attention that will come as a result of this new concert series. I’m so excited about these concerts, and I look forward to hosting them.”

Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson continued, “What a great and well-deserved win for our city! I’m absolutely thrilled about these concerts. In fact, I plan to be right there in the front row for every one of them.”

“The newly renovated Barber Park is the ideal place for the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series, showcasing a range of highcaliber talent in a new citywide destination for everyone in Greensboro to enjoy,” said Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation.

ArtsGreensboro encourages supporters to share the news about the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series by using the hashtags #LevittAMPgso and #getAMPedgso on social media.

CAROLINA THEATRE ANNOUNCES BOZ SCAGGS COMMAND PERFORMANCE BENEFIT GALA

The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro will present the 5th Annual Command Performance Benefit Gala on Thursday, April 21, featuring singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs.

Guests will have the option of purchasing show tickets to Boz Scaggs’ performance at 8:00pm, or to the pre-concert cocktails and gourmet dinner starting at 5:30pm. Proceeds from Command Performance provide additional operating funds for the 88-year-old Carolina Theatre, Downtown Greensboro’s original performing arts center.

Boz Scaggs is a singer- songwriter and guitarist who gained fame in the 1960s as a lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles, including “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees (1976), which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Scaggs says. He continues to tour, writing and recording new music.

Past Command Performance artists include Roberta Flack, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Pointer Sisters, and Paula Poundstone.

Tickets for the April 21 Command Performance Benefit Gala will go on sale at noon on Friday, January 8, 2016. Ticket levels include: !

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