Freeman Stage at Bayside named semifinalist

Freeman Stage at Bayside named semifinalist

(Nov. 14, 2014) The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville, Del. has been selected as a semifinalist for the Levitt AMP Grant Awards.

The series features outdoor free concerts featuring a musically diverse lineup of professional artists and entertainers.

“Most likely, we would do 10 consecutive weeks in the summer months of 2015 if we win,” said Doug Phillips, the marketing and communications director for Freeman Stage.

There is a public online voting process, which started Nov. 1, and continues until the end of the month. Online voting will determine the top 20 finalists. After registering with the site, and a person can vote up to five times for five different venues.

Levitt Pavilions will review those 20 finalists to determine the 10 winners, which will be announced on Dec. 15.

The Levitt AMP Grant Awards were created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small and medium sized cities up to 400,000 people. Ten nonprofits or municipalities partnering with a non-profit will receive $25,000 in matching funds to produce the Levitt AMP Music Series in their city.

Levitt Pavilions help build art programs in communities by leveraging Levitt’s buying power to acquire well-known acts across the nation to perform free concerts at its venues, said Phillips.

 If the Freeman Stage wins, at least 10 free concerts will take place there between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.

“To be considered by Levitt for this grant program is a huge honor. We have admired their work with the Levitt Pavilions around the country for years and it would be very exciting to be a part of their new community arts initiative in small and mid-sized cities,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.

She said she hopes patrons and the community will pull together the votes to land Freeman in the final round for consideration. “This opportunity will help to strengthen Delaware as the incredible arts destination that it is, while serving those closest to us,” she said.

To become eligible Grimes completed a grant application. Word came down in late October the application was successful.

Most of Bayside’s competition comes from municipalities or cities that have art programs they are trying to boost. Freeman is one of the few private entities on the list, Phillips said.

“There is a big initiative on our part, we are a little fish in a big pond. We hope the voting power of our patrons will tell a good story for us,” said Phillips. “We are in the midst of planning 2015. The lineup will be announced mid-March and we are going to be bigger and better than ever.”

The Freeman Stage is responsible for securing matching funds from other sources to be eligible. The foundation plans to use funds generated through donations and sponsorships if they win, he said.

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2007 to honor the former chair of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, who died in 2006. The Foundation is focused on the Freeman Stage at Bayside, which attracted more than 50,000 people in 2014.

At press time, The Freeman Stage is in second place behind Lafayette, La.

To vote for the Freeman Stage, visit http://amp.levittpavilions.org before the deadline on Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

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