In response to the continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Trenton Downtown Association has announced that it has postponed the 2020 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series in Mill Hill Park until Summer 2021. It remains unclear whether public gatherings of this size can safely resume in New Jersey this summer. The free 10-concert series was slated to kick off on June 25th.

“The coronavirus may continue to be a public health risk to our community well into the summer months, and possibly beyond,” explains Tom Gilmour, Executive Director of Trenton Downtown Association. “This decision, while difficult, was necessary to make at this point in time to halt the significant investment that needed to be made in order to proceed with the series.”

Levitt AMP Trenton is a grant-funded music series that for the past three years has attracted thousands of people to Mill Hill Park in downtown Trenton. Trenton has been awarded this grant by the Levitt Foundation since 2015, along with presenting sponsors New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. The series is part of a larger-scale initiative to attract more visitors to experience a safe and enjoyable evening in Trenton’s vibrant historic and creative district.

Even as cities and states begin to reopen, large-scale gatherings such as the Levitt AMP Trenton series present unique logistical challenges. “Our first responsibility is to protect the health, safety and well-being of our community, as well as the many musicians, vendors, staff members and volunteers who make this wonderful event happen every year,” says Gilmour.

“The arts bring joy and hope to our communities. We are working together, with all our partners and sponsors, to keep the arts alive at a time when we need them the most. We are looking at alternative ways to shine a light on the local organizations, artists, businesses and community advocates that contribute to Trenton’s dynamic arts scene,” he adds. Gilmour and his staff expect to make an announcement about new arts programming in the coming weeks.

“We look forward to the day when we can, once again, come together and experience the joy of free, live music in the park,” Gilmour notes. “Until then, your ongoing support of Trenton Downtown Association is deeply appreciated as we continue the Levitt mission of building community through music.

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