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Given the ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding when public gatherings in Berea will once again be permitted, let alone be encouraged and celebrated AND out of the great concern for the health, safety and well being of our community, the AMP Berea Committee and Berea Arts Council made the very difficult decision to postpone our Levitt AMP Music Series to 2021.
We were looking forward to bringing year 4 of our popular music series held in the Old Town Artisan Village, which brings our community together through the power of free live music. Believe me, this decision did not come easily. It impacts so many people in our community, including our dedicated staff and sound crew, musicians, artists, partners, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and interns - in addition to the thousands of family, friends and neighbors who enjoy free Levitt AMP concerts in Old Town every summer. It takes us months to successfully plan and coordinate a Levitt AMP concert series, from securing musicians from all over the country to forging media partnerships to amplifying the lawn experience through impactful community and vendor partnerships.
Even though we won't be together in the traditional sense this summer, we'll be back in 2021. We've been assured by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation that the series will return to Berea next year. Our $25,000 in grant funding for this year’s series - hard won by a public online voting campaign - will be rolled over to 2021. We will not have to re-apply next year and we will not have to vote again. We are already working to reschedule the bands we planned to feature this summer.
The Levitt Foundation and our network of Levitt AMP friends across the country have given us tremendous guidance and support. We are working very closely with the Levitt Foundation to re-imagine how we still might bring music and connect community this year.
Words can't express how much we're going to miss seeing you this summer. Old Town Friday concerts have become part of Berean culture and certainly part of the summer routines for all of us. Until we can safely gather again, please take care of one another. We love you Berea and we will see you soon!