Ensembles that use the FansRaise platform to generate funds are either (a) raising money for the Org's capital campaign or (b) presenting student performers with a way to offset their own personal costs to participate.
It's that time of the school year, where ensemble directors are closely monitoring incoming middle school student numbers, and considering size and membership for the fall marching ensemble.
As we continue to work with almost 200 performing arts organizations - including middle and high schools, non-profit organizations, school-based ensembles and top-tier elite marching organizations, here are some of the major points of "pain" that they share with us.
Performing ensembles typically have a variety of needs that range from uber-specific (like, new bassoon bocals) to the very general and broad (we need a new equipment truck for our band program).
We spend a lot of time talking to directors and administrators of organizations that are involved in fundraising efforts, and it’s a topic that we research continuously.
Many of you know that FansRaise is the world’s first (and only) platform built specifically for performing arts crowdfunding, but in this list we WILL NOT list “crowdfunding.”
Instead, we’re going to explore the many different methods that your organization could use to raise the money you need for the stuff you’d like to do.
We’ve organized this list into the following categories. Use these links to jump to each category:
Last week we travelled to Texas for TMEA - one of the largest gatherings of music educators in the United States. Over the course of 4 days we had dozens of conversations with educators as well as students and parents, and across all categories we saw a few key concerns come up repeatedly:
This is TMEA week in the great state of Texas, and just like last year, FansRaise is preparing to head cross-country to participate in one of the largest performing arts conferences in the country.
Here are some thoughts from 2018's wrap-up:
Props. Scenery. Visual Staging.
Regardless of what you choose to call it - big, giant, elaborate "thingies" are taking up residence on the 40 yard line/back hash.
And props are never just limited to outdoor marching ensembles. Provided the pieces can fit through a gymnasium door, you'll also see them on basketball courts as part of indoor winter guard and percussion shows, as well.