Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
Internship Opportunity Announcement
TITLE: Communications Intern - Levitt Los Angeles
LOCATION: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA
TIME COMMITMENT: Part-Time (16 - 24 hours/week for 10 weeks, including some night and weekend hours)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 21, 2017
INTERNSHIP DATES: June 12 – August 18, 2017
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
COMPENSATION: Honorarium, up to $2,000 (determined by time commitment); College credit possible, please check with your academic advisor to make arrangements
Do you love music? Do you love curating and creating original content? Do you want to gain hands-on communications experience promoting free, outdoor concerts? If so, join our growing communications team for the 2017 concert season!
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation seeks a motivated, creative and detail-oriented individual to serve as a Summer Communications Intern. The Communications Department shapes the branding, marketing and communications strategy for our national Foundation and provides communications support to partners and grantees across the country.
The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Communications Intern will help to market the 2017 Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (Levitt LA) summer concert season in MacArthur Park, attending concerts to collect engaging, on-the- ground content, promoting and reporting on concerts through social media, tracking media coverage pertaining to the venue and potentially authoring up to three blog pieces.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national creative placemaking foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. We empower communities to transform underused outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. Beginning in 2017, the Levitt Foundation will oversee all aspects of the free summer concert series at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park, including programming and production, marketing and promotion, community relations and outreach, and on-site operations. The Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park has proven to be an asset for the community by providing free access to the performing arts. A public/private endeavor, the Levitt Pavilion continues to contribute to the positive transformation of MacArthur Park over the past decade.
In 2007, the MacArthur Park band shell, which was built in the 1950s and stood dilapidated and unused, was transformed into the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Since its launch, hundreds of thousands of people have attended concerts on cool summer nights with spectacular downtown vistas, creating a vibrant energy and welcoming community gathering space.
The Levitt Foundation realizes its mission of community through music through two main programs: permanent outdoor Levitt music venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. In 2017, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will be presented in 22 towns and cities across America, serving more than 600,000 people.
Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles and Pasadena, California; Westport, Connecticut; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; and Arlington, Texas. With the exception of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, each permanent Levitt venue is programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of Levitt nonprofit organization, presenting 50 free concerts every year. Due to accelerating interest from cities and engaged citizens, the Levitt network is growing. Developing Levitt locations across the country include Denver (opening 2017), Dayton (opening 2018), Sioux Falls (opening 2019), and Houston (opening 2020), amongst other cities.
This year, 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities will present free Levitt concerts through the Levitt AMP Music Series. 2017 locations include Greensboro, N.C.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; Carson City, Nev.; and Middlesboro, Ky., to name a few. Each Levitt AMP winner will present 10 free concerts in a reimagined public space beginning this spring and continuing through the fall. All Levitt concerts feature acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists in a broad range of music genres. Levitt’s family-friendly vibe and open green spaces attract people of all ages and backgrounds. Friends, neighbors, as well as those whose paths might not cross otherwise, gather to relax on the lawn or dance to the music. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt network, the 2017 GRAMMY nominees included 25 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in recent years.