The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series was a go for 2019, no matter the outcome of the recent Levitt AMP award winners announcement.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series was a go for 2019, no matter the outcome of the recent Levitt AMP award winners announcement.

But the good news — Galva was among 18 winners receiving a matching grant up to $25,000 for next summer’s series in Wiley Park — was still welcome music to the ears.

“I think it not only gives us a little extra money to work with potentially, but I think it gives us the extra motivation to work a little harder and go out and raise money and get the community involved and make it a team effort,” said John Taylor, who spearheads the music series for the Galva Arts Council. “It adds that community element that I think is really important. Honestly, we couldn’t do it without the community support.”

Galva finished fifth in the online voting to advance to the 25 finalists, and then received the nod as a winner of the $25,000 matching grant for the second consecutive year. The award allows the winners to present a series of 10 free outdoor concerts featuring entertainment in a broad range of musical genres.

Springfield was the only other Illinois city to earn the grant award. Joining Galva and Springfield as grant winners were Berea, Ky.; Carson City, Nev.; Earlham, Iowa; Green Bay, Wis.; Middlesboro, Ky.; Ocala, Fla.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Soldotna, Ak.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Stevens Point, Wis.; Trenton, N.J.; Utica, N.Y.; Whitesburg, Ky.; and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

The immediate focus turns to fundraising and gathering enough money to earn all $25,000 of the matching grant. Several fundraisers are in the works — whiskey and beer tasting events, and pizza orders through Tom Campbell’s Bishop Hill Bakery.

“That’s the rough plan and it will probably change as time goes on as we come up with new and better ideas,” Taylor said.

The 2019 music series will feature a scheduling tweak. Rather than starting on Memorial Day weekend, next year’s series will run every Sunday in June and July, and the first Sunday in August.

“It just makes more sense in terms of marketing,” Taylor said, adding the date nearest the Fourth of July will include the John Sloan Memorial Coffeehouse that takes place annually during Galva’s Freedom Fest celebration.

“We’ll be combining the two things into one bigger event,” Taylor said.

The musical schedule has to be in place by late March or early April. Taylor has some ideas, but nothing in concrete yet.

“We’re going to try to do some new things — I will say we’re not planning on bringing any of the same artists back,” he said. “We’re trying to get all new artists. It will be a pretty diverse group of artists.”