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2017 Summer Tribute Concert

the project

Morrisania Band Project (MBP) creates a platform for musicians to add vibrancy to the South Bronx's Morrisania neighborhood through social initiatives and community engagement.

MBP is hosting a benefit concert to raise support and awareness for sickle cell disease, on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The goal is to empower neighborhood residents, and connect them to resources that will improve the quality of their lives. Our partner for this event will be Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network (QSCAN), from the New York chapter of the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.  

Presently, Morrisania has limited support and social services for individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease other than clinic and emergency room visits. Bronx Lebanon Hospital previously provided these types of services, but closed in 2015 due to lack of funding. A portion of our Healthy Neighborhoods project is to raise funding for the expenses of the concert, such as renting space, paying performers and guest speakers, catering, and promotion. The remainder along with proceeds from concert tickets will help start a neighborhood support group, with assistance from QSCAN and local Bronx agencies. In addition to raising awareness and support for sickle cell disease, this concert will build a sense of community by bringing us together to contribute to a culture of health.

the steps

MBP will partner with QSCAN to host the benefit concert on June 3, 2017. Other steps will include:

Fundraising – Two leading nonprofit executives will assist with fundraising through the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge and other channels.

Promotion – MBP and QSCAN will promote the event on its websites, social media, and flyers, and also at community board meetings.

Finding a venue for 100 (or more) attendees – MBP has an ongoing supportive relation with the DreamYard Project, one of the largest arts provider in the Bronx. The concert could likely be held there.  

Developing additional community support – Ongoing support groups and social services are vital for people diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Claremont Neighborhood Center, located in Morrisania, is interested in participating. Montefiore Medical Center, a Bronx teaching hospital with multiple clinics in Morrisania is another resource we’re hoping to connect with.

why we're doing it

MBP is taking the initiative to get involved because many of us are known in Morrisania, and have a vested interest in using music to spread awareness to the public. More than half of us have loved ones suffering from this deadly disease, but nothing is being done on a community-level. We believe a benefit concert would grab the public’s attention, and get the ball rolling on developing support and resources for people affected by sickle cell disease. MBP's founder collaborated with QSCAN in 2014 for a community walk in Crotona Park, and over 80 residents participated. 

A 2014 community needs assessment found that the Bronx is burdened by health challenges and the type of poverty that fosters poor health outcomes. They say we’re the least healthy county in NYS, and that we have high rates of chronic disease, and the highest number of deaths of people aged 65 or younger. Morrisania specifically is in one of the poorest districts in the United States according to the 2010 Census.

An inherited trait that affects 3.2 million people worldwide, the CDC reported close to 9,000 people living with sickle cell disease in NYC in 2008; 40% were younger than 21 years of age. An estimate of undiagnosed and untreated cases can't be measured, as many people carry the trait and aren’t even aware.


Disbursed budget:

Venue rental (for 100 or more people) $836
Performer stipends/QSCAN (guest speakers & transportation) - $1,000
Food/beverages and promotion - $700
Security/event insurance - $300
MBP donation to QSCAN for a pilot support group - $836

RAISED = $4,000.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $183.56
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $110.14

Original budget:

Venue rental (for 100 or more people) $500
Performer stipends/QSCAN (guest speakers & transportation) - $1,000
Food/beverages and promotion - $700
Security/event insurance - $300
MBP donation to QSCAN for a pilot support group - $500

SUBTOTAL = 3,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $150
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $90



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