Let SmartCash help this great cause which goes to inner city schools around the country and educates children about bullying and empowers them to tackle it. This is done through the use of music and a very entertaining show starring Tobi and BTTY the DJ (a DJ in a bee costume!)
Note: This proposal had been updated on Feb 7, 2017 to include two additional items.
I just had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful anti-bullying showcase here in New York and I would love to help the talented young woman who put it together, expand her program.
Bee True To You (https://www.betrue2you.com/2)
BTTY is an anti-bullying campaign based out of New York City whose mission is to reduce the occurrences of bullying by educating and empowering children (and adults) through music!
Tobi, the founder of BTTY is a singer whose talent in singing is only matched by her will to help others. As an adoptee, she endured bullying growing up and has made it her mission to “take the sting out of bullying” by doing what she does best: singing.
She earned her BFA from Montclair State University and made her off-Broadway debut in Freckleface The Musical, based on the New York Times bestselling book by Julianne Moore. She toured internationally in the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot, and has shared the stage with Green Day, The Hives, Danzig, Die Antwoord, Flogging Molly, and Linkin Park. She has provided live backup vocals for Rachel Platten, Andy Grammer, Gogol Bordello, and Kelly Rowland. Her vocals can also be heard on the soundtrack to Patti Cake$, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Tobi currently tours with Gogol Bordello as a singer, dancer, and percussionist. She appears as a guest vocalist on “Did It All”, the first track off Gogol’s 2017 album Seekers and Finders. When she isn’t traveling the world, she enjoys partnering with Concerts in Motion to bring music to nursing homes, soup kitchens, and hospitals.
Tobi eagerly anticipates the upcoming release of her debut EP Puzzle Piece, through which she shares her inspiring story of self-discovery: becoming her most authentic self, and developing her personal motto - “Be true to you”.
In 2015 Tobi took her motto a step further and founded Be True to You: a musical, interactive anti-bullying program that empowers kids and teens to “Take the Sting - Out of Bullying” through education and original pop/rock songs. Be True to You has received accolades from parents and teachers alike. For her advocacy work, Tobi was the honored recipient of Meaningful World’s International Youth Peace Award at the United Nations in 2016.
Here is a short video of Tobi discussing BTTY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RScnXr98Go
Why it’s good for Smartcash
What I am asking for
I am asking for funds to help Tobi expand her program and allow her to continue showcasing BTTY to get it into more schools. The funds will primarily be used for:
Tobi will be able to purchase all of the above and continue operating for 9 months with a donation of $12,400
|Date||Amount (US$)||Amount (Σ)||Description||Status|
|February 28, 2018||2,200.00||113,846.02 *||Purchase of equipment, props, costumes, banners, marketing materials (pamphlets, post cards, flyers...)||-|
|March 08, 2018||2,000.00||103,496.38 *||Booking venues to showcase BTTY (4 @ $500)||-|
|March 31, 2018||3,000.00||155,244.57 *||Production costs for creating a musical album||-|
|April 12, 2018||1,500.00||77,622.28 *||Production costs for making videos||-|
|May 01, 2018||3,700.00||191,468.30 *||Hiring and animator/illustrator for children's book||-|
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