Vocal ensembles require solid fundraising for concert and performance tours, commissioning of new works, and other overhead expenses that quickly add up...
Disclaimer - In assembling this post, we drew on the input and expertise of dozens of colleagues and current/former high school music educators. We realize that different regions of the United States look at the marching band activity differently, and that what works in one school district will not be a fit in another community.
So now we're going to "touch" the 3rd rail that we probably shouldn't mess with - but here we go...
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.
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...
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.
There are hundreds of ways to raise money for your ensemble — and most of them are GoFundMe.
Band directors and arts administrators are always fundraising. But what about other ideas—besides crowdfunding?
We've compiled a list of 90 of the best fundraising ideas that your whole organization will love.
The list is organized into the following categories. Use these links to jump to each category:
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.
Regardless of how large your group is, where your group is located, or the relative economics of the region in which you live, a well-coordinated crowdfunding campaign is your best bet for large-scale fundraising.
One of the ways to ensure that your campaign reaches your targeted goal is to do everything within your organization's power to increase participation.