About the Partnership
The Eyes & Ears Agency recognized the need for mental health services to be supported in the town of Syracuse, NY - one of the stops on Ekali’s World Away Tour - and coordinated a partnership between the musician and local Central New York organization, ARISE. In order to generate the greatest impact, it was important to raise awareness as well as funds to support ARISE’s mental health and wellness programs. Through the partnership, a portion of Ekali’s merchandise sales at the Westcott Theater on March 7, 2020 were donated to ARISE. The Eyes & Ears Agency also arranged for ARISE to have an information booth at Ekali’s show where two clinicians were present to answer questions, provide information about the organization’s services, and spread awareness about their mission and work.
Ekali made an announcement on-stage during his set to highlight ARISE’s work in the local community and their partnership. Funds raised helped the organization launch tele-health visits for their clients during the on-set of the pandemic, as well as supported their efforts in providing individuals, families, and students with the tools, resources and services to improve their overall quality of life. After the concert, Ekali shared a video recapping the successful partnership and expressed his hopes to engage in more social impact work in the future!
Photos by Will Fudge