project leader
Alex M
location
2904 Ambler Ave.
(Fairfax)
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the project

What is Blockcityp2c?

Watch Pitch Video from Accelerate 2021

Blockcityp2c will be a social network where people can engage with artists and also receive digital gift boxes. There will be a subscription fee that will go toward maintaining the site and using real persons and AI (artificial intelligence) to guarantee all members are real people. Blockcityp2c will also establish a fund to help artists create more work and turn them from "Starving Artists 2 Working Artists"

Who has helped Blockcityp2c?

I had been helped by JumpStart, a local organization that supports small businesses. At a pitch competition hosted by JumpStart, I pitched "BlockcityP2C. The idea was to create not just a social network for artists, but a sales platform where we could move from "Starving Artists 2 Working Artists." JumpStart provided funds to get a beta version of the site up and to do more research on what would be needed. I also connected with Nogient, a California web design company founded by a Cleveland native who had designed the website for Prelude2Cinema many years ago. He offered to create our platform at a reduced price.

That is where we stand now. With a number of Artists waiting for the platform to launch and a need to bring aboard funds to create the site and launch it. With the Pandemic driving attention to streaming services and giving the spotlight to unknown artists, now is the perfect time to launch BlockcityP2C. All we ask is a little help from our friends so that we can move from "Starving Artists 2 Working Artists."

 

the steps

  • Finalize designs on the website with Nogient
  • Gather Artists as Members
  • Market the site to bring aboard other members who will pay and receive monthly digital gift boxes from Artists

 

why we're doing it

When I first won an Emmy for a TV movie I wrote, my Mom told me, "I had Fame but no Fortune." That stuck with me as I struggled over the years to make movies and found Fame online but little fortune to make movies. I discovered I was not alone. Other artists have managed to grab huge followings but when it comes to revenue, they are stuck working a day job to support their art. I had created a movie company Prelude2Cinema to produce my work and others, but we still suffered from being Artists who had "Fame but no Fortune." We had become "Starving Artists."

Many filmmakers in the Cleveland area, such as myself, struggle to find support for our project. Many of us have put down roots and have homes and families here, and we feel we can contribute to the economy of the city. The pandemic changed the world and is continuing to do so. Many people turned to art and movies and online events for comfort and entertainment. We feel that artists are essential for the mental health of the world in these uncertain times. We do need support to continue our art.

budget

BlockcityP2C budget

Enhanced beta site for users to test                   $5,000

Building Artists Members with Marketing Campaigns  $1,750

Web hosting and online servers one year                    $2,500

Total                                                                            $9,250 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $9,250
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $505
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$303
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,092

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    

updates

Thanks for the donations

Wanted to Thank our first donors . We refined our budget thanks to our web designer agreeing to lower fees to get the Beta site launched. We will be campaigning snd updating over the next twenty days. If you want to volunteer and help spread the word, please contact us.

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Rance M.
  • Francesco Digiannantonio
  • Lauren B.
  • R. Huffman
  • Christine M.
  • Ashley M.
  • T J.
  • Alex Michaels