BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Music runs deep in Louisiana’s blood and two nonprofit organizations are partnering to potentially bring even more music to the state’s capital region.
The national nonprofit, The Levitt Foundation is working with a local nonfprofit, Scotland Saturday’s, to include Baton Rouge on a list of cities that will potentially receive $90,000 in connection with the effort.
Scotland Saturday’s goal is to bring positive change to North Baton Rouge. Its founder, Bryon Washington feels music has the ability to accomplish this.
He views music as something of a bridge that can connect people and build communities. This is the power Washington hopes to harness by organizing a special night of music in North Baton Rouge.
In recent months, officials have been focused on developing North Baton Rouge. Washington wants to add to these efforts by using music to boost the morale of locals. He hopes that setting up a free concert in the area will encourage citizens to take even more pride in where they live.
Washington said, “To really highlight and showcase the best of what North Baton Rouge has… we feel like that could be an economic driver.”
But in order for this to happen, Washington says capital area citizens need to take action.
He told BRProud, “We really want to have the community all over to really go in and vote.”
Washington reached out to The Levitt Foundation, which finds underused outdoor spaces and bring free, live music to the area in hopes of creating a positive change to communities in need. The Levitt Foundation created a matching grant program that will donate $90,000.
This money will be used for Scotland Saturdays.
Washington said, “Really it’s about the social engagement of the community really coming together and just having a good Saturday just to kind of mingle and get to know each other.”
So, it’s up to locals to vote for Baton Rouge to win the money.
There are two easy ways for the public to cast a vote:
online at levitt.org/vote or via text to 866-AMP-2023 (866-267-2023) with the keyword BeRouge.
Voting ends Wednesday, Saturday 21 at 12 noon.