The Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s Live After Five summer concert series is getting a big financial boost.

The organization won the Levitt AMP Grant Award, which is worth $25,000. Anchorage is one of 10 small to mid-sized cities across the country to receive the money.

Anchorage Downtown Partnership staff had to put together a proposal highlighting how the music benefits our community and would showcase a public space, such as Town Square Park.

“I feel like Live After Five has really grown over the years and gained momentum. We’ve got some great artists locally and it really helps that area to revitalize it, bring in a great crowd,” said Erin Westfall, events director with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Westfall says the nonprofit is working with the Alaska State Council on the Arts to bring up some artists from Denver.

“So, we’re going to bring up some eclectic and different genres of music from Denver, as well as showcase our local artists as well,” she said. “We’re very excited.”

There will be 10 shows altogether this summer, and the Live After Five concert series begins May 29.

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