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    Should Marching Band Participation Be Required in High School Music Programs?

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    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...

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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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    90 Performing Arts Fundraising Ideas - HUGE Guide for Arts Ensembles (Podcast Ep 302)

    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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    How This Marching Ensemble Met a $30,000 Fundraising Goal in a Few Short Weeks

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    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. 

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    In support of all of our music booster parents - finding ways to provide for the kids

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    Busy, frantic, and harried parents have so much on the plate these days. The feeling of being pulled in umpteen directions and fighting an uphill battle is not something we thought we signed up for may years ago when we began to have children!

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - "FREE" is rarely the best answer

    Published by The FansRaise Team

    We have explored free or "nearly free" platforms in other posts, but this post jumped to the forefront of my creative mind YESTERDAY, when I received an unsolicited email for the 3rd time this month (and its only the 10th) from our friends at GoFundMe.

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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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