|ASBURY PARK, NJ – The Asbury Park Music Foundation (“APMF”) announced today that it is receiving $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support APMF’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017.
Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be drawn from corporate support for Interfaith’s “West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Plan” approved under the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (“NRTC”) Program. The New Jersey Natural Gas Company, PNC Bank and the Selective Insurance Companies are again providing funding through the NRTC Program to support Interfaith’s ongoing economic and affordable housing development initiatives on the West Side as well as several community-building and youth engagement programs.
Associate Executive Director of Interfaith Neighbors, Paul McEvily said, “We are so very pleased to be able to support the work of the Asbury Park Music Foundation and, in the process, provide to necessary matching funds for the Levitt AMP Asbury Park Music Series. The upcoming 2016 Summer Concert Series will be a terrific way to “introduce” this fantastic new public space on Springwood Avenue to both local community residents and to those music lovers who regularly flock to Asbury Park. We encourage everyone to mark their calendars for Monday evenings this summer and make the Springwood Park a treasured destination point for high quality musical performances, outdoor fun, and community-wide enjoyment on the City’s West Side.”
The 10-week summer music series is scheduled to take place every Monday evening between June 27th and August 29th. The venue site for these events will be the new Springwood Park, scheduled to open soon on Springwood Avenue, between Atkins and Union Avenues. The 1.3-acre Springwood Park, currently in active construction, will be the first City-owned and City-maintained park ever established on the City’s West Side. The park will include a playground, courtyard, walking path, civic plaza, and recreational lawn panel. It also will feature an amphitheater and raised stage area for outdoor performances. Funding for the park’s development is being provided by the City of Asbury Park, the County of Monmouth and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.