Winter Guard, Indoor Percussion, and Indoor Winds are some of the ensembles that commonly use FansRaise for easier and more effective fundraising.
Regardless if your ensemble is Scholastic or Independent, indoor groups often struggle for funding to meet the needs of advanced design, aggressive travel, and top-box instruction.
Here are (3) reasons that indoor ensembles are finding more success with FansRaise than other conventional ("yawn") fundraising tactics:
(1) Competitive Indoor Ensembles are STARVED for funding
Anytime the activity is judged and evaluated, there will be internal and external pressure to do more. Whether or not this is a positive thing is debatable, however the unavoidable result is that marching ensembles are spending WAY more money on these types of shows than 5-10 years ago.
What's more, funding in many areas of the arts is on the decline, and performing arts organizations need to roll up the sleeves and get creative to make ends meet.
(2) Most groups have tried just about EVERY possible fundraiser
The list of potential fundraising activities for your group is seemingly endless:
Recently we put together a comprehensive list of 90+ performing arts fundraising ideas right here.
There are SO MANY ways to raise money, but some groups are limited by volunteer help, limited space or facilities in which to host an event, or even rules against what they can/can't do for fundraising.
Independent ensembles are also often without conventional HS booster parent associations, and the lack of consistent operational support place more emphasis on doing things smarter and more efficiently...
Most groups that we work with are finding success by limiting the overall number of fundraisers they undertake in favor of focusing on a KEY set of larger fundraisers. Too many campaigns leads to confusion and fatigue, and your families will just "tune out".
A large capital campaign, on the other hand, can be a tremendous rallying point for your group, and students are likely to get excited about it. When was the last time you saw kids excited about a bake sale? ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz..
(3) Your ensemble is - by definition - a group of individuals working towards a goal
...and isn't that what a crowdfunding campaign should be, at its core?
When everyone contributes a little bit of effort, the results can be huge.
We've seen small groups of kids do amazing things, like subsidize trips, purchase new trucks for their music program, new instruments, uniforms, and just about anything else you can think of.
Goals and targets that will universally affect the ENTIRE ensemble make for fantastic campaigns. The equipment truck/trailer is needed to get down the road to the next performance. The uniforms/costuming directly influences the effect of this season's production.
Doesn't it make sense to organize a fundraiser that will leverage your Biggest asset?