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Freeman Stage gets most votes, no awards

(Dec.26, 2014) Despite receiving the most votes in the online public voting process, the Freeman Stage at Bayside did not win one of the 10 grants from Levitt Pavilions.

“We are disappointed to say the least and received a pretty cookie cutter-esque email from them with the news, so I don’t have any detail about why we were not considered,” said Doug Phillips, the marketing and communications director for Freeman Stage.

Levitt Pavilions’ Vanessa Silberman, senior director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives for Levitt, partially explained why Freeman Stage was not chosen as a grant recipient.

“As funders, we have limited capacity in providing grants and although we were presented with many strong Levitt AMP proposals, we could only award 10 grants. Many factors were weighed in determining the 10 grant recipients. While community support, as displayed by online voting, was weighed heavily, other important factors were considered as well,” she said.

She went on to explain how the 10 Levitt AMP grant recipients were selected based on the projected impact of their proposed concert series, feasibility of implementation, com­-

munity support displayed in addition to online voting, overall alignment with the goals of Levitt AMP and adherence to the Levitt AMP Grant Awards rules and eligibility criteria.

“All Levitt AMP applicants are welcome to inquire with Levitt Pavilions directly to discuss their grant proposal and the selection process. As we continue to expand our programs and partnerships, we encourage organizations to stay connected to Levitt Pavilions for future grant opportunities. It is exciting to see organizations across the country committed to building community through music and we are proud to be part of the creative placemaking movement,” she said.

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 received $25,000 in matching funds to produce the Levitt AMP Music Series in their city.

Levitt Pavilions helps 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.

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.

The bad news will not stop Freeman Stage from giving audiences quality shows this summer.

“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,” Phillips said.

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