What is an in-kind contribution?

In-kind contributions are goods and services that are donated to a project by individuals or entities other than the producing organization. The dollar value of these non-cash donations should be calculated at fair market value and included in your project budget as in-kind. In-kind contributions are often donated space, supplies, equipment, professional services, etc.

Can a portion of staff member salaries be included in our Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series budget?

Yes. You may prorate staff member salaries based on the number of hours anticipated that they will spend working on your Levitt AMP Music Series and include that amount on the personnel (non-production) expense line item of your Levitt AMP budget.

Can fees or sales generated from on-site vendors, such as food and beverage vendors and local artisans, count towards cash matching funds?

Revenue generated from vendor fees or on-site vendor sales during your Levitt AMP Music Series may count towards your cash matching funds requirement and should be indicated by selecting “pending” on the Levitt AMP Budget Form of your application. However, it is important to note that revenue generated from vendor fees may be nominal and the total revenue generated from on-site vendor sales will be unknown until the completion of your concert series. Therefore, a budget that includes a significant portion of cash matching funds from a vendor source(s) will not be a competitive Levitt AMP application.

What if our organization receives a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award and raises more than $25,000 in matching funds?

The Levitt Foundation will award $25,000 in matching funds to each Levitt AMP grant recipient. If your organization raises more than $25,000, the funds raised from grants, sponsorships and donations must be used towards producing your Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series and to enhance the series by developing audience engagement activities before or after the concerts, increasing the number of free concerts presented, providing additional hospitality to performers and volunteers, expanding marketing and outreach efforts, etc. Income earned on-site—including vendor fees, food and beverage sales, and individual donations received at the concerts—are not required to be used towards your Levitt AMP Music Series. All funds raised and contributions received in support of your concert series, as well as all income earned on-site during your concert series, must be reported in the Final Finance Report.

What happens if my organization receives a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award, but we secure less in matching funds than proposed in our application?

Levitt AMP is a dollar for dollar $25,000 matching grant award, so your organization will receive grant funds equivalent to the amount you raise locally. Levitt AMP grant funds will only be awarded upon proof of matching funds. The minimum amount an organization must raise in matching funds is $25,000, of which up to $12,500 may be in-kind contributions. It is required that a minimum of 10 free Levitt AMP concerts be presented. If your organization is unable to present the minimum 10 concerts because it has not raised sufficient funds locally, your Levitt AMP grant funds will be forfeited.

Must all of our matching funds be secured before submitting our application?

No. As part of your application, you are asked to indicate source, dollar amount, and level of commitment for all matching funds on the Levitt AMP Budget Form. Level of commitment for each matching funds source should be indicated by selecting “secured,” “pending,” or “not yet approached” on the dropdown menu. Competitive applications will display high levels of commitment for matching funds. If you receive a Levitt AMP Grant Award, all matching funds, whether cash or in-kind, must be secured prior to the first grant disbursement which is scheduled for 10 weeks prior to the launch of your Levitt AMP Music Series.

Is there a minimum amount that must be raised as matching funds?

Yes. The minimum amount an organization must raise in matching funds is $25,000, of which at least $12,500 must be cash and the remainder may be in-kind contributions.

Can we charge a suggested donation at the concerts to help with the costs of producing our Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series?

No. Your organization cannot charge or suggest a specific dollar amount donation at Levitt AMP concerts. Every audience member should feel welcome at a Levitt concert regardless of ability to pay. The opportunity to donate may be presented, however no one should be made to feel that they are obligated to give. Donations received on-site during your concert series may, though are not required to, be used towards your Levitt AMP Music Series. All on-site donations received during your concert series must be reported in the Final Finance Report.

If a musician or band offers to donate their performance, may we accept their offer?

No. All performers must be of professional status and compensated for their performance, even if they offer to donate their time and services. The Levitt Foundation is a musician-friendly organization and believes that artists should be compensated for their performances. Even though audience members are offered free access to high quality shows, performers are always paid to perform on a Levitt stage.

If awarded a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award, when will funds be disbursed to my organization?

The total Levitt AMP Grant Award will be disbursed in three payments upon the Levitt Foundation’s receipt of specific deliverables as outlined in the Levitt AMP Grant Agreement: 25% will be disbursed 10 weeks prior to the launch of your Levitt AMP Music Series; 50% will be disbursed six weeks before the launch of your concert series; and the final 25% will be disbursed upon completion of your concert series and submission of the final report (the report form will be provided by the Levitt Foundation).