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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    High School Band Fundraisers in the land of Texas and TMEA

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    FansRaise traveled to the great state of Texas to take part in TMEA 2018.

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    Why Students Do/Don't Participate in Fundraising

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    After having the opportunity to speak with music boosters and band booster parents from dozens of organizations across the United States, I have come to two distinct realizations:

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    Indoor Ensembles - Use end-of-season championships to fuel your crowdfunding campaign

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We've discussed the reasons why indoor ensembles (winter guard, indoor percussion) typically require additional funding resources. In most scholastic situations, these ensembles are typically play 2nd-fiddle to the school marching band, and sometimes these programs are under-funded.

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    AmazonSmile - How the 'perception' of giving can hurt fundraising for your arts organization

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    AmazonSmile was created in 2013, and the site is supposed to mirror the shopping experience one would find at Amazon.com. The difference is that the AmazonSmile foundation donates .5% of the purchase price of 'eligible' items to the charitable org of your choice.

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    "Do I need to involve my students/members in my crowdfunding campaign?"

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    This question pops up from time to time, so I thought a blog post might be in order...

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    New Report on Arts Fundraising - Your $10,000 Blueprint

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We just released a new piece designed to provide performing arts ensembles with important know-how and step by step instructions on how to best assemble a campaign that will succeed.

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    Music Boosters Are Opting For Easier, Hassle-Free Fundraising

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One of the battles that band boosters, music boosters, and every name variant of a parent group that supports the performing arts faces - possibly the BIGGEST battle - is finding new and different ways to generate revenue for their Organization.

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    3 Things to Consider Within Your Crowdfunding Campaign's "Ask"...

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One of the most common questions we get asked is, "Can you help us put our crowdfunding message together?" The term "message" means the complete and total "ask" of the campaign.

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    Your GoFundMe Campaign is Probably Doomed To Fail - Here's Why

    Published by Brian Gilbert

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    Once in a while, a GFM campaign does catch fire and does manage to go viral and generate lots of money. Sometimes it'll happen when a celebrity learns of the campaign and tweets about it, or maybe a news station features it in a local interest piece.

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