The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host a 10-week concert series. (Photo: Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Thanks to a $25,000 grant, Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host 10 free concerts.

In November, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau officials encouraged citizens to vote in the Levitt AMP Grant Award contest.

The foundation offered a matching grant of $25,000 to 15 cities to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series. The 10-week series would feature a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

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“We are very excited to receive this grant from the Levitt Foundation,” CVB President and CFO Bob Doak said. “It will provide a wonderful opportunity to animate the lawn at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, creating an additional vibrant place for our community and visitors to enjoy free live music.”

The grant proposal is a partnership among the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Jazzanooga, city of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The lawn at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is the ideal place for the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series,” said Sharon Yazowksi, executive director of the LevittFoundation. “[The series will] celebrate the site’s historic significance and highlight the space as a destination for everyone in Chattanooga to enjoy.”

Each of the winning cities will present 10 free concerts in 2017.

More information on the concert series will be released soon. Click here for more information.

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