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Greensburg transfers control of SummerSounds concert series to nonprofit

Jacob Tierney
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Following a year of record attendance, the 2018 SummerSounds free concert series kicks off June 1 in Greensburg's St. Clair Park with music from Pittsburgh rock/soul band The Commonheart. Seen here is opening night of the 2016 concert season.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Following a year of record attendance, the 2018 SummerSounds free concert series kicks off June 1 in Greensburg's St. Clair Park with music from Pittsburgh rock/soul band The Commonheart. Seen here is opening night of the 2016 concert season.
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Tribune-Review
SummerSounds chairman Gene James thanks volunteers and sponsors at All Saints Brewing Company Tuesday before announcing Friends of SummerSounds, a new nonprofit that will manage the free Greensburg concert series.

The city of Greensburg is one step closer to handing over control of SummerSounds to a nonprofit created to manage the popular free concert series.

SummerSounds has been organized by volunteers and funded primarily through donations and sponsorships since its inception in 2000, but the city has managed the finances and maintained the SummerSounds bank account.

That’s about to change. Greensburg city council unanimously voted Dec. 11 to transfer control of the bank account to the Friends of SummerSounds 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. A contract making the handoff official will probably be signed within the next week, SummerSounds organizer Richard E. McCormick Jr. said.

McCormick said the new arrangement will give the concert series more fundraising freedom.

Some charitable groups have rules against donating to government entities, he said.

“It makes available for us more sources of donations or contributions. Because we are now a 501(c)(3), there are different kinds of foundations and things like that who will be able to, under their own bylaws, contribute to us,” he said. “It just gives us more flexibility to be able to do those things.”

There is just under $74,000 in the SummerSounds bank account, Greensburg Financial Director Kelsye Milliron said.

It takes about $100,000 to run a season of SummerSounds, according to organizers.

The city will continue to contribute $5,000 a year to SummerSounds under the new arrangement, Milliron said.

The series puts on 13 or 14 shows a summer in Greensburg’s St. Clair Park, typically drawing about 30,000 attendees.

Before the deal between the city and Friends of SummerSounds is finalized, the nonprofit needs to secure liability insurance for the concerts, McCormick said. This has almost been finalized, he said.

Planning is in full swing for the 2018 season, McCormick said. Four bands have already been booked, though the schedule probably won’t be announced for a few months.

Organizers are always looking for the next big act to bring to Greensburg, McCormick said.

“That’s just constantly happening,” he said. “By the time we start shows on June 1, we’re already going to be thinking about 2019 because music comes to your attention all the time.”

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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