Main Street Murfreesboro seeks MTSU community vote...

Main Street Murfreesboro seeks MTSU community votes for concert series grant competition

MTSU community partner Main Street Murfreesboro is asking for the campus community’s help in giving it a better chance to secure available funds to bring a free outdoor music series to downtown Murfreesboro starting in 2023. 

Supported by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a social impact funder at the intersection of music and public spaces, Main Street Murfreesboro hopes to qualify as one of the Top 20 finalists in the public voting phase of the Levitt AMP Murfreesboro Grant Awards, according to a Main Street Murfreesboro news release.

The public is urged to support Main Street Murfreesboro’s proposal by participating in the public voting process, via online or text, by 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The public can cast their vote online at or via text to 866-AMP-2023 (866-267-2023) with the keyword MBORO.

“The Levitt AMP Murfreesboro Grant Awards are an exciting, multi-year matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 250,000,” the release states.

Nonprofits will receive a total matching grant of $90,000 over three years (2023, 2024, and 2025 at $30,000 per year) to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series — an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians that reimagines an underused public space to create an inclusive destination for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Sarah Callender, Main Street Murfreesboro executive director
Sarah Callender

“This grant funding would be an amazing way for Main Street Murfreesboro to partner with several nonprofits that already put on community events downtown and help them financially to provide live music,” says Sarah Callender, Main Street’s executive director. 

“Not only would this expand our free Friday Night Live series but also bring more diversity to our live music events through partnerships with Bradley Academy Museum’s Juneteenth festival, the Rutherford Arts Alliance’s desire to bring symphony music downtown, The Center for the Arts with Shakespeare in the Park, and expand the Cultural Festival held at MTSU.” 

MTSU was a sponsor of the last Friday Night Live concert held Sept. 16 downtown.

Main Street Murfreesboro submitted the AMP Murfreesboro proposal to present the free music series in the historic downtown. 

Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s mission that all Levitt projects are community-driven, the voting phase of the grant awards is an important way to measure community support, the release states. The number of online and text votes received for Main Street Murfreesboro will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects the grant recipients this November. An individual may vote for up to five proposals but may vote for the same proposal only once. 

The Top 20 finalists will be selected through the online and text-to-vote public voting phase. The Levitt Foundation will then review the top proposals and will select up to 10 Levitt AMP grant recipients, which will be announced on Nov. 15, 2022.