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Bristol Nominated for Levitt AMP Grant Award — Voting Open Now!

November 02, 2016

Bristol Nominated for Levitt AMP Grant Award

Voting Open Now

Bristol, VA/TN, (November 1, 2016) — Bristol is now in the running to receive a matching grant from the Levitt Amp Grant program. If awarded, the Border Bash music series will receive a $25K matching grant in 2017 to support the expansion of the event.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the Birthplace of Country Music and Believe in Bristol hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards.

The Levitt AMP 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 15 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 Birthplace of Country Music and Believe in Bristol submitted the proposal for the Border Bash music series in downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. The proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting: http://levittamp.org.

A successful campaign for Bristol depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. 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 https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends November 21 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our community, as this grant would allow us to expand the Border Bash music series next summer,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. “Voting began today, and we’ll need as many people as possible to vote online so that we win the grant for Border Bash next year.”

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.

The Birthplace of Country Music and Believe in Bristol asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Bristol’s proposal.

“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music," said Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. "Being able to expand this community event will give us the opportunity to expand the event from six (6) weeks to 10 weeks in 2017, as well as host larger bands and artists."

To review Bristol’s nomination visit:
https://grant.levittamp.org/single/event_id/26654/?action=view.

To learn more about the Levett Grant Program visit http://levittamp.org.

About the Birthplace of Country Music
The Birthplace of Country Music is the parent nonprofit of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. BCM showcases Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee's role in the birth and development of country music through these entities and also through a multitude of community and educational outreach programs. For more information about the organization, visit BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

About Believe in Bristol
Believe in Bristol is a non-profit organization, composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit, and economy. For more information BelieveinBristol.org/.

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