Local promoter Jamie Lenfestey of AMP Concerts announced Thursday that the Santa Fe branch of the company was one of 15 nonprofits that won a $25,000 matching grant from Los Angeles-based arts organization The Levitt Foundation. Dubbed the Levitt AMP Grant (the name is purely coincidental), the money is a major boon for AMP's annual Railyard Concert Series, which runs from the end of May through September this year.
"What the grant will really allow us to do is continue our great shows in the Railyard, and also to maybe raise the level of artists we present," Lenfestey tells SFR. "We want to have at least one concert a week, usually on a Saturday, and this should bump us up a little bit into a different range of artist, too."
Lenfestey also envisions local-heavy nights, such as a tribute to David Bowie in the vein of last summer's massively-attended Prince tribute, some larger, festival-like events, as well as work with local teens and a lean more toward youth programming.
Of course, as a nonprofit, AMP will continue to accept donations and membership for their Railyard Supporters program. Membership only runs $50 and comes with pre-access to tickets, a limited edition t-shirt and other fun surprises. "The more money we can bring in, the more events we can do," Lenfestey says. "Either way, I think it's a real feather in Santa Fe's cap to have won something like this alongside so many other great nonprofits."