#PlayItForward is brought to you by Heartland Connections, through non-profit support from the Galva Arts Council, is made possible by generous support from presenting sponsors the Levitt Foundation and Galesburg Community Foundation.
Additional support is provided by Done Right TV & Security Solutions, Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, Galva Historical Society, Anderson Family Coffee, Small Batch Sessions, The Heart of the Story by Gary Metivier, Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, Peoria Music Live, Galva Pharmacy, The Back Road Music Festival, Big Picture Peoria, Stable Pug Solutions, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Loncka Graphics, Quad City Arts, Carlson Creative, Knox County Brewing Company, Crescent City Tap, Restream.io, and Trademark Vacations.
About Heartland Connections
Heartland Connections is a venture formed from the idea that music is a vehicle that elevates our communities socially, culturally, and economically. From our previous music ventures, we have learned that making connections between people and groups has a tendency to create win-win scenarios that not only benefit those within the connected sphere but also the fabric of our communities at large. Through making and fostering connections between non-profit and for-profit groups, the fabric of our communities can change. This can be on a business to business scenario, business to social/cultural, social to social and any and all in between.
About the Galva Arts Council
The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.
About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music
brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to
free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.
About Quad City Arts
Quad City Arts is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts.
Quad City Arts is a non-profit arts organization serving a six-county area in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. We are dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts by offering the community arts opportunities, programming, and community events.
About River Music Experience
The River Music Experience (RME) is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives in the Quad Cities by providing opportunities to listen, learn, and play music. We do that through dozens of unique educational programs and over 100+ concerts a year.
We’re here to provide educational programming and live music performances that would not otherwise be available in the Quad Cities. There is no other organization in the area that consistently provides the volume and quality of musical opportunities that the RME delivers to our community.
Since the RME’s inception in 2004, dozens of top-tier national acts who had never previously toured through the area have played in the Quad Cities. Unique educational programs that never existed are now available to residents, guests, and visitors – often without financial barriers. Musicians young and old have performed for a wide range of audiences on RME stages and have grown as musicians and citizens of our community.
This year we will reach over 25,000 with our educational programs, host over 100 concerts with over 13,000 attendees, and provide over one million dollars of economic impact for our region.
About Knox-Galesburg Symphony
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s mission is “to foster, promote and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public by organizing and presenting performances of music in programs chosen chiefly from the literature of symphonic music.” The Symphony supports contemporary music not only through performance, but by commission: they have commissioned several works by Illinois artists, including a symphonic tribute to August M. Bondi of the Galesburg Bondi family, composed by the music director of the time, Bruce Polay, based on text by the late Galesburg native Martin Litvin.
About Big Picture Peoria
Imagine a city beaming with pride and displaying that pride with an abundance of public art. Imagine walls that were once barren brick concrete now alive with murals. Imagine public parks filled with sculpture and painting walls for kids to decorate. Imagine walking through the streets and stopping in at the local shops and restaurants that sprung up because art brought people to the area. With your help, Peoria will be that city.