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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    Brian Gilbert

    Founder & CEO FansRaise, Inc.
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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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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - High Goals Require High Fundraising Expectations

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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.

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    We talk to a lot of arts educators and booster parents - here's what they tell us.

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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.

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    There are TWO primary ways to approach fundraising for your ensemble, but which is best for you?

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    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).

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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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