Fundraise like a Pro
As we head closer to spring, it’s about time young professionals begin to receive their acceptances to young artist programs, opera workshops, and schools. After the initial excitement begins to settle, it’s not uncommon to go into sticker shock. Whether it be fees for a $3,000 month-long pay-to-sing or for a $50,000 a year conservatory, the fees are a tough pill to swallow. If you find yourself in a place where scholarships and grants are not enough to cover the costs and you can’t afford the remainder of the cost yourself, you don’t necessarily have to let go of that dream opportunity. Fundraising can be your answer!
I know, I know. Fundraising is sometimes seen as a dirty word. Especially now in the days when everyone seems to be throwing up a GoFundMe on their Facebook page. Asking for money can be really daunting. You might be scared of sounding presumptuous, or sounding like you’re begging, or sounding like an egomaniac, or any number of things. But guess what, as long as you are respectful and gracious, nobody will think that! When a girl scout shows up at your door, you don’t think they’re presumptuous. When the Salvation Army rings their bell outside the grocery store, you don’t think they’re begging. When the local basketball team holds a bake sale, you don’t think they’re egotistical. So, give yourself the same grace you give everyone else.
The worst thing you can hear is “no.” That’s it. When you think about it, that’s really not that bad at all. There are many reasons a person can say no. Usually it has to do with their financial situation. If someone CAN help you, they most often will be GLAD to do so.
I’ve made two lists to get you started: basic fundraising tips and singer-friendly fundraisers.
Still need ideas? Check out these websites regarding fundraisers:
(We are not affiliated with them, but like what they offer.)
Fundraising blog by Jeff Brooks: http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com
The #1 online fundraising platform for individuals: https://www.gofundme.com
An online fundraising platform for entrepreneurs: https://www.kickstarter.com
As a singer, fundraising will be a part of your life forever. Every arts and music program will always be in the business of fundraising. It’s best to develop this skill early on in your career.
What are your fundraising tips? Have you had a particularly successful fundraiser? Let us know in the comments! You can never have too many ideas for fundraising. It’s a necessary skill for the young performer!
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Most blog posts from June 2017 - June 2018 were written by GVAI's blogger Anikka Abbott who has just started her journalism studies. We already miss her. Learn more about her here or connect with her on Facebook.
Hello, I am Christine, the director of GVAI, a passionate singer, German diction, voice and performance coach. I love music, singing and dancing. Life is an exciting journey and I invite you to walk with me....