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Elissa C
E 165th St
(Morrisania )
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the project

Singer, Elissa Carmona will create and produce the third annual "South Bronx Concert Series - Quarantine Edition", a series of ten virtual concerts that will run from May through December 2020. 

Commissioned by Bronx Council on the Arts, concerts will be free of charge and livestreamed on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. This year's focuses are social distancing, disaster relief, and community building.

the steps

The "South Bronx Concert Series - Quarantine Edition" will run online from mid-May through December 2020. All concerts will be free and open to the public. Steps will include:    

  • Fundraising - Bronx Council on the Arts has confirmed support and other grants are pending.
  • Partnership building - Partnerships will include Bronx Music Heritage Center, The Point, and DreamYard Project, in addition to local businesses and community groups.
  • Artist/band recruitment - All concerts will be livestreamed and social distancing will be strongly encouraged. 
  • Marketing and promotion - Outreach efforts will consist of online promotion and flyer distribution beginning in early May until the series concludes.

why we're doing it

Based in one of the country’s poorest districts, public arts projects enable civic-minded musicians to engage their community and use their talents to contribute towards neighborhood vitality. The Arts Educational Partnership says public concerts in urban areas promote creative thinking, problem solving, self-awareness, and cross-cultural understanding.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, music, like most other industries, has taken a huge setback. Many musicians have experienced gig cancellations, and are now learning to adapt to alternate methods to gain visibility. Social distancing, while necessary at this time, creates challenges with group performances. The "South Bronx Concert Series" will create an online platform for Bronx musicians to perform, receive compensation, and build their online network, while maintaining safety measures.

Elissa Carmona is the winner of the 2020 Community Arts and SU-CASA awards. In 2016, she founded Morrisania Band Project (MBP), an award-winning musical collective that adds vibrancy to the South Bronx through music, community engagement, and raises awareness for issues like sickle cell disease, gun violence, and hurricane relief. From May through December 2019, Carmona presented musical tributes to Aretha Franklin at venues throughout NYC, New Orleans, and North Carolina. 


$3000 - Home studio equipment (audio interface, monitors, etc) 

$6000 - Artists stipend ($500 x 10)

$500 - Marketing/promotion (10 events)

$350 - Camera equipment/software (livestreaming)

$150 - Concert banner

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $545
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $327
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,908


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