If you enjoy summer concerts and want to help keep this enduring tradition alive and well in the Mill City, our friends at the Lowell Summer Music Series have a really great idea.

In case you didn't know, LSMS is a not-for-profit endeavor and, as such, ticket sales only cover about 60 percent of the costs. When you consider the level of artists who came to Lowell just this summer (Kenny Loggins, Pat Metheny, George Thorogood, Lyle Lovett and k.d. lang, in particular), you can see how the costs add up.

LSMS organizers are asking for your help. Much like public television relies on its viewers for donations to offset the cost of programming, but in exchange for your gift, you can get a CD, DVD or other limited-edition items, now you can do the same for your beloved summer music series.

Much like a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, when you donate, you can get a variety of premiums at different levels of contribution. ($10 gets you a "Go See Live Music" bumper sticker with the Boarding House Park stage logo; $25 gets you a black LSMS 2012 T-shirt, $50 gets you a Navy LSMS hat; $150 gets you a pair of concert tickets good for any show in the 2013 LSMS lineup, and so on, all the way up to a $15,000 donation getting you a full sponsorship for the entire summer).

To see the entire list of contribution levels and corresponding gifts, visit www.lowellsummermusic.org.

The goal is to raise $25,000. Any and all contributions are gladly accepted.

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