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Applications for the 2023 Concert Recipients is now open!

To apply to become one of the 2023 beneficiaries, submit a nomination application form by February 28, 2023. If you have additional questions, please contact us at

The primary goal of the Bands on the Bayou Concert Series is to raise money for our local Pensacola charities.

In 2022, we have selected two non-profit organizations for each concert to become recipients of its proceeds, based on the these focus areas. That's a total of six impacted charities in our local community! Read more about our non-profits below.

EnvironmentalApril 16 | Earth Day Celebration

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) we aim to support two local charities that work towards the beautification, improvement, and sustainability of the Pensacola area.

Childhood DevelopmentJuly 30 | Back to School Edition

With kids preparing to go back to school, we are excited to select two local charities dedicated to child health, development, education, and related missions.

Art, Music & CultureOctober 1 | Arts Extravaganza

With our vibrant & growing arts scene, we want to boost local charities that are contributing to make it even better - from music & art initiatives to cultural education, and more!

The mission of Emerald Coastkeeper is to investigate, educate, and protect our right to swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water. They believe that healthy waterways are directly connected to healthy communities and healthy people. Emerald Coastkeeper will use concert proceeds to further support their clean-up and restoration efforts.

Gulf Coast Kid's House is on a mission to end child abuse and heal families in Pensacola and Escambia County through collaborative intervention, family support, and prevention education. Concert proceeds will be used to further this mission of child abuse prevention and intervention.

PenArts is based out of The Gordon, a new local community arts center in the historic Belmont-Deviliers area. Facilities include a music room, theatre library, and blackbox studio theater. Their mission is to use the arts to help bring us together. Concert proceeds will help add more free admission programs and spread the word about all that they offer.

Ocean Hour is dedicated to spending at least one hour every Saturday cleaning local beaches and waterways. They educate and encourage others to do the same and to defend our beautiful natural environment & wildlife by promoting a clean, peaceful, and fulfilling existence through community involvement and education. Concert proceeds will be used to purchase clean-up supplies used by volunteers.

O.J. Semmes Elementary School in East Hill provides an environment where all students can achieve their highest academic potential while developing physically, emotionally, and socially into productive citizens. Because their students are mostly economically disadvantaged, most families are in a struggle to meet basic daily needs. Concert proceeds will allow them to provide extra student incentives & rewards, and teacher support & encouragement.

Pensacola Little Theatre strives to enrich and educate the community through diverse live performance and educational outreach. PLT understands the crucial foundational skillset the arts bring to our youth. Concert proceeds will benefit their arts education department. These funds will sponsor the materials used in their classroom, fostering self-confidence, public speaking, and collaborative skills for all ages.