Gadsden competing online for a 10-12 week music series

Gadsden hoping to get grant

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden is one of 25 finalists to be among cities receiving a grant for hosting a 10-to-12-week music festival.

The Levitt AMP Gadsden Grant Awards are given out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. Of the 25 finalists, 15 cities will make the cut based on online voting.

Gadsden Parks and Recreation Director Jenn Weathington found the grants while researching grants that would bring more cultural opportunities to the city. She went to Downtown Gadsden, Inc. director Kay Moore about the possibility of the organization sponsoring Gadsden’s proposal for the grant.

If selected, Gadsden will host the music series at Moragne Park, which is currently being renovated. The new design has ample concert space, and the grant calls for the concerts to be held on a lawn. Gadsden can use other venues, such as the Pitman Theater or The Venue at Coosa Landing, if inclement weather forces a location change.

“It gives us a great opportunity to expand what we are able to do with music,” Moore says. “We love music, we love free, and this is a great combination of those two.”

Downtown Gadsden, Inc. and the Parks and Recreation Department already hosts bands on First Friday, the summer concert series, and Third Thursday.

Of the 25 cities competing, only one other--Selma--is in Alabama. Chattanooga, only a 90 minute drive from Gadsden, is also in the running.

The voting began at noon November 1 and ends at 5 p.m. November 20. The voting takes place at levittamp.org . Winners will be announced December 18.

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