Thursday, January 17, 2013

Levitt Pavilion gearing up for a fifth year of free concerts…wins grants and support

How time flies. Though it seems brand new, the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington will enter its fifth season of free concerts this spring, aided in no small part by sponsorships, grants and growing community support.

Examples: Texas Power has again signed on as the title sponsor for the 2013 concert season, making this their third season to bring free music under the stars to the Arlington community! And the Levitt also received a $40,000 Arlington Cultural Tourism Bureau grant for the second year for the 2013 concert season.

The Levitt Pavilion is a nonprofit organization and not funded by the City of
Arlington. The Levitt organization produces at least 50 free concerts each year, relying on
 sponsors, like Texas Power, grants, memberships and donations to cover the expenses
of presenting a diverse array of professional musical artists. The pavilion has
one concert each year that requires a ticket purchase, and that concert also helps
raise funds for the free concerts.

"We are excited to partner with the Levitt for a third consecutive year. We believe
in Arlington, and we believe in what the Levitt brings to Arlington," said David
 Chase, Texas Power vice president. "Personally, my kids love the atmosphere, and
it's been fun for me to hear songs I grew up listening to on the record player.
It's memories in the making every time my family goes to the Levitt."

"Texas Power helps make it possible to bring free concerts to the public," said
Patti Diou, the Levitt Pavilion's executive director.

As to the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, it was created early in 2012 by Experience
Arlington (formerly the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau) to support and grow cultural tourism. The council distributes annual grants to arts and cultural organizations and artists through a competitive grant allocation process that encourages promoting, improving and applying the city's arts to promote tourism.

A total of $100,000 is awarded each year. Arts organizations and artists must apply.
A select group is then invited to make a presentation to the council, who then
Determine the grant recipients and amounts.

New for 2013 concert season!

Firefall returns to the Levitt for the July 3 Light Up Arlington! concert

Temperatures are on the chilly side now, but it will be summer before we know it!
The Levitt has two big changes to its concert dates this year.

The first change is a longer summer concert series. This summer's concerts will
be May 24 through July 14. Concerts will be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
and Sunday nights. The Levitt will participate in the annual Light Up Arlington!
 celebration with Firefall on July 3, but will take July 4 off and return with a
 concert on July 5. All of the summer concerts after July 3 will begin later in
the evening at 9 p.m. Children's concerts will again be on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
and 7:30 p.m.

The second change is in the fall concert series, which will be Aug. 30 through Sept.
29. Concerts during the fall will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. No Thursday
night concerts in the fall series.

The 2013 Texas Power Summer Concert Series kicks off again this year with the three-day
Downtown Arlington Center Stage Musical Festival. The final line-up is being confirmed
and will be announced soon. Meanwhile, you can get sneak peeks about who's coming
this year through  Facebook posts and tweets on Twitter. Links to the Levitt
social media pages can be found at the bottom of this newsletter so you can stay
 in the loop year round.

Levitt launching new website this spring!

“In addition to booking bands, securing sponsors and writing grants, we are busy
at the Levitt offices right now with an exciting new website makeover for our fifth
anniversary season!,” Diouy said. “We'll keep you updated, but the plan is to launch the new site
in March. The new website will include awesome new features, like a photo gallery,
streaming music, and share functions that will let you share concert info with your
friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. We'll have a great new look that is
easy to navigate on your computer and your mobile phone. Stay tuned!”

(Written by Cathy O’Neal, Levitt Pavilion)

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