This morning, I got up early to take the kids to school. Tonight is homecoming, and the hallways have all been decorated by the various classes at my daughters' school. Kids were encouraged to arrive early so they could walk around and "take in the sights".
In a perfect world, your arts program should be viewed with admiration, respect, and a high-value for the work and the experiences provided to students.
Band parents - even those that have been around the block a few times - frequently ask a lot of questions about the judging aspects of the marching activity.
We compared groups that are utilizing our system for group and ensemble crowdfunding compared against groups that are not following our model (meaning they are using the bare bones of our platform, but not closely following our best practice guidance, not utilizing participant contacts and relying on a basic 'donation page only').
The numbers you have in your group are your largest asset. Let's say you have a group of 100 musicians in your ensemble. That would be 100 different networks that you can potentially use to promote your campaign, and instead of one campaign page doing all the work, with FansRaise you have 100 individualized versions* of the page that will be broadcasted via social and email.
A question as old as the ages - or actually as old as FansRaise since we were the first platform to offer both types of campaign structures in one system!
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.
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.
It's a well-established fact that working harder AND smarter is the best path to success in just about all things. Crowdfunding campaigns are no different.
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.