Worcester’s Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series is in the running for a $25K LEVITT AMP Grant


Erin Williams






Worcester’s Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series is in the running for a $25K  LEVITT AMP Grant


Worcester, MA— The Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with the City of Worcester is now in the running to bring a free 10 -12 week live music series to the City of Worcester during the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series. The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series offers free, live concerts of various genres running from noon to 2pm. The event serves as a platform to showcase local musical talent, local community groups during intermission and provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the ever-changing and beautified Worcester Common, making art accessible and free for all. The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series has been running since 2010 and if awarded, the grant would help expand the already popular program.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the Worcester Cultural Coalition hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to fifteen nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

The Worcester Cultural Coalition submitted the proposal for Worcester’s Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series to take place in the Worcester Common Oval. Worcester’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting.

A successful campaign for Worcester’s Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to make 2017 bigger and better. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.

Supporters are asked to visit to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on January 5, 2017.

“Whether you work downtown or are coming for a visit, Out to Lunch is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “Young or old, everyone can enjoy music, great food, crafts in a welcoming family-friendly setting on the newly-renovated Worcester Common.”

The Worcester Cultural Coalition and City of Worcester asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Worcester’s proposal. “Can you imagine a world without music, and good local food? I can’t. Worcester believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to experience live music. It’s what brings our city to life,” noted Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester.

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About the Worcester Cultural Coalition:

The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) is a public-private partnership established in 1999 between the City of Worcester and twelve cultural organizations. Today membership stands at 75 organizations, accounting for more than 2.7 million visitors to Worcester in calendar 2015, up from 1.5 million in 2006. Its mission is to draw on Worcester’s rich and diverse cultural assets to foster economic revitalization, support active, creative engagement for all and promote a strong cultural identity for Greater Worcester.