Back to the Music is a program working to reignite local entertainment by supporting artists’ performances in our community’s restaurants, pubs and venues.
A $25,000 grant to the Springfield Area Arts Council from the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln directly addresses revitalization of local culture as we emerge from the pandemic. The grant is one step toward realizing the goals of The Next 10 – a collaborative community engagement effort for the Greater Springfield Area to define how we take bold steps together for our region’s future.
The Back to the Music program addresses a key tenet of The Next 10, furthering the mission of Project #4: A Culturally Rich Community. Not only does this provide economic relief for artists and businesses, but also it revitalizes our culture to bring life and energy to our community. To see the full Visioning Report and learn more about The Next 10, visit TN10.org.
Working with artists across a multitude of genres and backgrounds, the Springfield Area Arts Council is identifying nearly 50 area musicians through its extensive roster to perform in local venues for the program. It provides payment to local artists for performances and gives relief for businesses and venues normally investing hard-earned profits to boost attendance and/or bring in new patrons.
With musicians empowered to approach venues, it provides freedom to local artists to create their own shows. Local musicians – like Virgil Rhodes and Jazz by Footprints or Josie Lowder – can support venues that have supported them in the past or showcase their talents to a new audience.
It’s the kind of win-win that the Arts Council and the Community Foundation strive to create – something positive for local artists and businesses and for an eager public awaiting live music.
Stay tuned to this page and our social media to see when and where artists will perform.
Artists lend extraordinary texture and creativity to our community. Let’s show our support to artists as they beautify and enliven Greater Springfield.
Originally from Aren Dow, “It’s time to get back to the music,” State Journal-Register, July 4, 2021 (https://www.sj-r.com/story/lifestyle/columns/2021/07/04/community-foundation-its-time-get-back-music/7848826002/)
If you are an artist interested in the program, please call Sheila Walk at 217-753-3519.