Music series

Turner Center shortlisted for live music series grant

VALDOSTA — The Turner Center has moved forward with the opportunity to receive a multi-year grant for a free outdoor music series.


The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is now in the running to bring a free outdoor musical series to Valdosta starting in 2023, and it needs the help of the community.

Supported by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a social impact funder at the intersection of music and public spaces, the Turner Center hopes to qualify as one of the top 20 finalists in the Levitt’s public voting phase. GPA [Your City] Scholarships. The public is invited to support the Turner Center by participating in the public voting process, online or by SMS, which will take place September 12-21, 2022. The public can either vote online at or by SMS to 866-AMP-2023 (866-267-2023) with the keyword: VALDOSTA.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] The Grant Awards are a multi-year matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small and medium-sized cities with populations up to 250,000. Nonprofits will receive a total matching grant of $90,000 over three years (2023, 2024, and 2025 at $30,000/year) to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series, a free outdoor concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians who are reinventing underutilized music. public space to create an inclusive destination for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Turner Center submitted the grant proposal in July 2022 to present the Free Music Series to Valdosta at the Turner Center Art Park, located at 605 N. Patterson Street on the Turner Center Campus. The Art Park was created in 2019 on undeveloped property. Funded entirely by donations, the landscaped space includes an electrical pavilion that houses the Music in the Art Park free concert series, held on the second Friday of the month, March through November.

Valdosta’s proposal will be posted on the Levitt Foundation’s website, beginning Sept. 8, where the public can vote and learn more about the 36 communities across the country that have moved into the voting phase. A person can vote for a maximum of five proposals but can only vote once for the same proposal.

Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s mission that all Levitt projects are community-driven, the voting phase of the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grants are an important way to measure community support. The number of online and SMS votes received for the Turner Center will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects grant recipients in November.

Public voting opens September 12 at 1 p.m. EST and ends September 21 at 8 p.m. EST. The top 20 finalists will be selected during the online and SMS public voting phase. The Levitt Foundation will then review the top proposals and select up to 10 Levitt AMP Grant recipients, which will be announced on November 15, 2022.

“Building community through the arts and music is a high priority for the Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission and the Turner Center because we know music has a powerful way to unite people,” said Executive Director Sementha. Mathews. “It’s a huge honor for us; and it will provide the funding needed to continue what we started nearly three years ago with our dream of creating free outdoor music events accessible to all members of our community. Let’s win this national contest together by voting VALDOSTA from September 12-21 and bring more of these rewarding musical events to our city and county.

The Turner Center asks its supporters to spread the word to family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and rally the community to vote for our proposal to host a free concert series at the Turner Center Art Park beginning in 2023. Visit for more information.