Band Fundraisers: 4 Steps to Success
Fundraising for a school band takes time, patience, and vision. It’s hard work. Do it well and effectively from the start.
Step 1: Fundraiser goal
Band fundraiser need: Instruments
- In schools in which principals and vice principals say the quality of their music education programs is excellent or very good, graduation rates are 90.9%, and attendance is at 93.8%.
- 87% of teachers and 79% of parents strongly believe music education has a positive impact on overall academic performance
Because of the positive impact of music, many organizations provide instruments to all or some of their participants. Renting is cheaper in the short-term, but more expensive over time.
The band organizers must decide if they will rent instruments or purchase them outright. A school or social band also might require students to get their own instruments, but this definitely limits who can participate in the band program, putting it out of reach for lower-income families, depriving them of the benefit of band participation, and increasing inequalities.
Renting even used instruments starts at roughly $20/month for the least expensive (close-holed flute or plastic clarinet), up to $65/month for a French horn. Insurance typically adds to the cost. Of course, purchasing a used instrument starts at $540 for a flute but more frequently is over $1000. New instruments will typically last long, but they’re even more expensive ($720 for a new plastic clarinet and $3600 for a Double French Horn). (Pricing sampled from the National Educational Music Company and Taylor Music Inc.)
Band fundraiser need: Instrument upkeep / repair
Band fundraiser need: Uniforms
Band fundraiser need: Music royalties
Step 2: Be practical, dream big
Step 3: Fundraiser frequency
How often you ask for funds impacts your results. Parents suffer from “fundraising burnout.” An article by CBS News warns:
Many parents dislike hitting up their friends and family for General Mills box tops or Campbell Soup labels, or to buy products such as cookie dough, coupon books or wrapping paper. “Fundraising as it exists in many schools today  takes way too much work,” according to Causera.
That article was written in 2014. The Coronavirus crisis dramatically impacted school band activities and participation. More schools have returned to in-person or hybrid learning, reigniting enthusiasm for group activities like band. School budgets are tight, yet expenses usually have increased, requiring more fundraising for extracurricular activities. Goals get higher.
Smart band fundraising takes into account the many financial and fundraising demands on parents and kids, run fewer fundraisers, but make them more meaningful and important.
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