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    FansRaise - Crowdfunding for the Performing Arts

    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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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Less is More

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One of the big advantages of using a service like FansRaise is that much of the hard stuff is done for you. We've built a system of email templates that you might not even want to look at, let alone edit, that perpetuates your communications to both students and donors alike.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - There's Strength In Numbers

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    The numbers you have in your group are your largest asset. Let's say you have a group of 100 musicians in your ensemble. That would be 100 different networks that you can potentially use to promote your campaign, and instead of one campaign page doing all the work, with FansRaise you have 100 individualized versions* of the page that will be broadcasted via social and email.

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    Huge marching field show productions require HUGE fundraising to reach the starting line

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Yes, the Blue Devils actually recreated the DINER from that famous painting on a football field, and then wrapped a well-conceived production around the backstory of the diner's customers.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Launch Dates Matter In Crowdfunding

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One pro-tip we can offer any performing ensemble that is looking to embark on a successful crowdfunding campaign is to closely pay attention to HOW you launch your campaign.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Incentivize Larger Donations

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    It's a well-established fact that working harder AND smarter is the best path to success in just about all things. Crowdfunding campaigns are no different.

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    Using Crowdfunding to Pay For Band Trips, Fees, and Other Student Expenses

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    If your performing organization travels, performs at destination events like bowl games, festivals, or just presents a large price tag to participate - crowdfunding can be an extremely effective method to allow student participants to offset those costs.

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