HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) at The University of Southern Mississippi, The City of Hattiesburg and The Hattiesburg Arts Council ask area residents to vote online now through Nov. 20 to bring the Levitt AMP Music Series to Hattiesburg in the summer of 2017.
The goal of the programming is to strengthen the social fabric through a live music concert series in an underutilized public space. The music program would be a 10-week concert series scheduled at Chain Park in Hattiesburg, beginning in July 2017. The music series would include a diverse lineup of music complementing the unique character and foundation of the city and its residents, with genres such as blues, gospel and jazz, along with rock-and-roll, hip-hop, Americana and country.
The process to vote is three simple steps - register, confirm then vote for Hattiesburg:
*Register at http://concerts.levittamp.org
*Confirm by checking your email
*Vote for Hattiesburg
"If we receive this grant it will be one of the largest and longest concert series around, highlighting the talent, community and people of this region, and by hosting it in Chain Park we enrich the lives of local residents and draw positive attention to the diversity, origins and roots of Hattiesburg," said Dr. Jon Pluskota, Southern Miss faculty member and coordinator of the grant project.
Residents, sponsor businesses and organizations and vendors would mutually benefit from the diverse musical lineup and concert attendees. The series would also demonstrate the importance of vibrant public spaces, highlighting multitudes of uses and resources within the city. The concert series' partners would represent educational, cultural, and civic elements of the community, showing its potential for success and opportunity.
For more information about The Levitt AMP Grant, visit concerts.levittamp.org or contact Dr. Pluskota at 660.853.0897 or email Jonathan.Pluskota@usm.edu.
About Levitt AMP
The Levitt AMP Grant is an exciting matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country. The music series is a 10-week concert series spread over the summer beginning in May of 2017.While Levitt's creative placemaking program of permanent outdoor music venues, each presenting 50+ free concerts annually, is tailored to large metro areas with populations of over 400,000 (due to financial sustainability and audience development considerations), the Levitt AMP Grant Awards are specifically designed to meet the needs and capacity of small to mid-sized towns and cities.