Springfield is one of 41 communities around the country vying for a $25,000 matching grant from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series competition!

We need your help! We are judged partially based on:

1 – the NUMBER of nationwide votes we receive as well as
2 – the PERCENTAGE of votes from our home area.

Each email can only vote once.

You’ll experience a 2-second registration process before you take
one more second to vote.

Register and vote here

Download step-by-step instructions


What is Levitt AMP [Your City]?
The matching grant program from the Levitt Family Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. The grants are awarded to activate underutilized spaces like our Y Block.

What Would This Mean for Springfield?
When we win…we will be able to produce 10 summer concerts on the Y Block on Thursday nights from May-August next year. One of the other goals of the grant program is to show the diversity of music, so next summer’s lineup would be a diverse mix of music and artists.

What Are Our Chances?
With a LOT of votes, pretty darn good! Jacksonville won this grant in 2016 and 2017. Galva IL won it in 2018. And Carbondale is in the running with us this year!

The voting phase narrows the field down to 25. Then the Levitt Foundation chooses the winning 15 communities from that list

Who Applied for this Grant?
The application was submitted by Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, Downtown Springfield Inc. and Springfield Area Arts Council with a letter of support from the City of Springfield.

How Can I Help?
Stop what you’re doing and VOTE this very minute!

Share the our Facebook event explaining the vote with your friends.

Tell everyone you know to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Arts Council has been dedicated to developing and sustaining arts and culture initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities since 1976. Our mission is to enrich the community by promoting all art forms and providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts.


Johnnie Owens and Friends

November 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Samba Llamas

December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

December Board Meeting

December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Denise LaGrassa Quartet

December 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


2019 First Night® Springfield

First Night Springfield is a family-oriented, New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts that will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2018.  First Night Springfield is the first and longest-running First Night event in Illinois and one of the oldest in the nation.

Arts Council Calls for Performers

32nd Annual First Night® Springfield

The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for performers for this year’s 32nd annual First Night® Springfield.

Performer Inquiry

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest

Poetry Out Loud is a national, annual program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Regional and State competitions, presented in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, are hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council. The contest begins anew with the start of each school year.  Students and teachers in Illinois are encouraged to contact us for further information.


More than 60% of all income generated by the Arts Council returns to the community in the form of arts programming, grants, and events. You can join fellow artists and art lovers in supporting the arts and arts education in Central Illinois.

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