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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Learn from what others are doing

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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:

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    Our Most "Musically Talented" Presidents

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We know that an arts education yields more well-rounded students, and many studies have been done to confirm a direct between high academic achievement and exposure to the fine and performing arts.

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    High School Band Fundraisers in the land of Texas and TMEA

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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:

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    The most INSANE PROPS Ever Seen in the Marching Activity (Who's on our list?)

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    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.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Don't Throw Away Your 'Shot'

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    When selecting a crowdfunding campaign GOAL, there are special considerations that need to be addressed.

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    It might be chilly outside, but crowdfunding is feeling HOT like LAVA.

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    While much of the country has been thrust into the rude reality of single-digit temperatures (2 degrees here as I write this), many groups are embracing the comforting "warmth" of group crowdfunding.

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    Here's to educators working their tails-off on Sunday

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One of the things that we've observed at FansRaise is that Sundays are not a sleepy day of downtime before the week wakes up.

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    Crowdfunding Campaigns Around The Holidays

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    The holiday season is a perfect time to think about maximizing the pull of your crowdfunding campaign. Your student participants are likely to be bumping into far-flung relatives that they rarely see. Asking them to support your donation campaign is made much easier face-to-face, and talking about your performing season is a great icebreaker!

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Facing Skepticism

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Whenever you try to do something a little out of the norm, skepticism and doubt is likely to find you...

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