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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    Brian Gilbert

    Founder & CEO FansRaise, Inc.
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    3 Reasons why Indoor Ensembles raise WAY MORE money with FansRaise

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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:

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    The Real Reason Students Respond to Measurement and Accountability

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    When students are presented with a new concept in class, the question that always follows about 10 minutes into the lesson goes something like, "Will this be on the test/midterm/final exam?"

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    3 Reasons Why Vocal Ensembles Raise WAY MORE Money with FansRaise

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Vocal ensembles require solid fundraising for concert and performance tours, commissioning of new works, and other overhead expenses that quickly add up...

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    This Small Attitude Shift Increases Ensemble Fundraising Results 10X

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Fundraising is the necessary evil in the performing arts. Most, if not all groups are faced with having to make some form of fundraising a requirement for participation.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - The Hardest Thing About ANY Fundraising (that you don't have to worry about)

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    It's simple.

    It's so obvious.

    It's the thing that humans hate possibly more than spiders, snakes, the dark, clowns, and elevators (my wife REALLY hates elevators)...

    Got it yet?

    Here's another hint - it's the one thing that probably holds back your group fundraising effort more than anything else, yet nobody talks about it.

    ...and its the same thing that kept you from "shooting your shot" with the cute kid in 8th grade for the Homecoming Dance...

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    The Rising Cost of the Marching Arts - The Most Expensive Sport in America

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    To the uninitiated, marching bands and drum and bugle corps are not the sideshow that they might have once been. The days of only being seen at football halftime shows and strolling down Main Street in a parade have vanished.

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    Our most successful campaigns share these 4 characteristics

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We frequently compare and contract campaigns to get a broader view of what "works" and which approaches tend to fall a little flat. After running campaigns  and working with more than 100 ensembles - we can begin to see trends and make suggestions that are results-driven.

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    3 Reasons why fall Marching Ensembles raise WAY MORE money with FansRaise

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Marching band is one of the activities that commonly finds itself on our doorstep at FansRaise. And it makes perfect sense on many levels:

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