Metro Parks Tacoma is competing to bring 10 weeks of free, live music to Tacoma’s Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park for summer 2020.

The events will be made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national creative place-making funder dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of music. This is the fourth year the foundation will award the grant, giving more than $1.8 million total to 33 communities across the U.S.

Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25,000 matching grants to U.S.-based nonprofits serving towns and cities to present the Levitt AMP Music Series, 10 free concerts that inject new life into public spaces.

Tacoma is the only city in Washington state vying for a Levitt AMP Grant Award, potentially making it the first Washington city to earn one since Bellingham did in 2015.

Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors considered when the Levitt Foundation determines the 2020 Levitt AMP Grant Award winners. A leaderboard will be visible on the Levitt AMP website which will display each organization’s ranking based on votes received. Each person may cast one vote to support for a concert series on the Cambia Legacy Lawn at Point Defiance Park’s Dune Peninsula.

Once the Top 25 finalists are selected through online public voting, the Levitt Foundation will review their grant proposals and select the 2020 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on December 20, 2019.

Online public voting for the Levitt AMP Grant Award is open through November 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.