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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    Huge marching field show productions require HUGE fundraising to reach the starting line

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Yes, the Blue Devils actually recreated the DINER from that famous painting on a football field, and then wrapped a well-conceived production around the backstory of the diner's customers.

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    How to help your child survive BAND CAMP

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    In the late summer, high school marching bands all across the United States are entering that esteemed, fabled, and exalted period of the season called "Band Camp". For many that have never experienced this phenomena, this period of time represents a tremendously difficult challenge on a musical, physical, and mental/emotional level.

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    The Worst Part of Marching Band is Fundraising

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We simply ADORE marching band as an activity. There is no other activity that combines the artistic, physical, and creative elements with the extreme  teamwork and coordination required. Students wrestle with a 11-ish minute show for the better part of 6 months, dedicating countless hours to the pursuit of excellence.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Launch Dates Matter In Crowdfunding

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One pro-tip we can offer any performing ensemble that is looking to embark on a successful crowdfunding campaign is to closely pay attention to HOW you launch your campaign.

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    Fall Marching Band Fundraising - How To Plan and "HACK" your Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We've mentioned before that one of the biggest assets that your ensemble has going for it is the large number of students or member participants. 

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    Using Crowdfunding to Pay For Band Trips, Fees, and Other Student Expenses

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    If your performing organization travels, performs at destination events like bowl games, festivals, or just presents a large price tag to participate - crowdfunding can be an extremely effective method to allow student participants to offset those costs.

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    Here's the simple reason your performing org NEEDS to do a crowdfunding campaign.

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    The one simple reason that your group is missing the boat if you DON'T schedule a crowdfunding campaign comes down to - "IT'S EASY."

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    It's Drum Corps Season, So Commence the GFM Begging...

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We completely disregard the notion that crowdfunding is a glorified synonym for "begging". It's just not true.

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    Crowdfunding as a Different Type of Marching Band Fundraising

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Having spent most of the last 35 years around music programs and marching bands in various capacities, I can state that there are as many contrasting attitudes and viewpoints on the topic of "marching band fundraising" as there are broken and wonky music stands in the corner of your band room (go ahead and count - I'll wait)...

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