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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    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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    4 Ways That Marching Bands Can Increase Recruitment

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    It's that time of the school year, where ensemble directors are closely monitoring incoming middle school student numbers, and considering size and membership for the fall marching ensemble.

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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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    90 Performing Arts Fundraising Ideas - HUGE Guide for Arts Ensembles

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    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:

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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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