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Konbit Mizik Corp.

New York City, NY | http://www.konbitmizik.org
Joined in August 2014

About Us

Konbit - n. Haitian Creole. The act of the community coming together to achieve a common purpose or goal.

Mizik - n. Haitian Creole. Music.

OVERVIEW

Konbit Mizik Corp. is a NYS 501(c)3 non-profit corporation (EIN# 45-2704968) based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Originally conceived as a project in the wake of the 2010 earthquake to provide financial relief and joy to Haiti’s talented musical youth, producer & keyboardist Ian Evans teamed up with filmmaker Nick Cannell and they began to seek, record, and film artists in some of the most neglected parts of Port-au-Prince. With a common love for music and strong community support, our name and recognition grew throughout the streets of Haiti. In 2011, we incorporated and expanded the mission of Konbit Mizik to truly leverage the power of music as a vehicle for social transformation. In August 2013, we received tax-exempt status from the IRS.

OUR MISSION

To harness the universal power of music to educate, empower, and uplift Haitiʼs most vulnerable youth.

We accomplish this by breaking our mission into two parts:

1) to provide free production, video, and career management services to local, underground musical artists in Haiti, and

2) to use music as a platform for education, vocational training, and community development.

OUR IMPACT

ARTIST SERVICES

  • Recorded hundreds of songs with youth across Haiti, and copyrighted and released 3 albums and multiple single recordings
  • Produced and promoted dozens of music videos, theatrical performances, and a TV variety show
  • Produced and/or facilitated dozens of gigs, concerts, and other public performances, most recently on the Haiti Tourism program for Carnival 2014 in Gonaives
  • Facilitated thousands of dollars in earnings for local Haitian musicians

EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, and COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Organize regular charity musical and theatrical performances for hundreds of children at orphanages, health clinics and schools
  • Curriculum development with professional musicians, engineers, and video producers both in Haiti and U.S.
  • Classes in music theory, beat production, mixing & mastering, and video production (shooting/editing)
  • Visa procurement, travel sponsorship, and cultural immersion

OUR TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY

Konbit Mizik requires that over 75% of our budget goes directly to program services. All funds expended are reviewed, categorized, and authorized by the multilingual staff of WND Accounting, Inc. to assure complete transparency to our donors.

CONCLUSION

Konbit Mizik is a culturally- and historically-conscious NGO and we simultaneously reject the perpetuation of Haiti’s dependency on international agencies while we celebrate Haiti’s beauty and riches with the world. As our movement grows from the ghettos to the mountaintops, Konbit Mizik steadfastly remains committed to “le voix tout moun” or “the voice of the people.”

Konbit - n. Haitian Creole. The act of the community coming together to achieve a common purpose or goal.

Mizik - n. Haitian Creole. Music.

OVERVIEW

Konbit Mizik Corp. is a NYS 501(c)3 non-profit corporation (EIN# 45-2704968) based in Port-au-Prince…

Issue Areas Include

  • Arts & Music
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Volunteering

Location

  • 139 Chrystie Street
    #2F
    New York City, NY 10002

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