This month is all about getting you the funding you and your students deserve.
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know that my #1 interest is in getting you the support you deserve for your program so you can have a long and happy career.
A little more than a year ago I polled several hundred music educators to discover what the biggest setbacks were to this goal and by far the #1 frustration music educators have is….[insert stereotypical drumroll here]
Lack of Funding!
That’s right. We want more…
More instruments. More music. More resources of all kinds and types. We don’t like having to charge hundreds of dollars in fees if we don’t have to. We don’t want to keep repairing those same [insert expletive here] instruments year after year when it’s more cost effective to purchase a new one!
And we shouldn’t have to worry about funding at all…
But we do. And when we are passionate enough about funding something we need we go for it.
We sell candles. We bake cookies. We ask for donations. We wash cars. We create a page on Donor’s Choose…
Here’s the thing though. Some funding methods are better than others.
That’s why the focus this month isn’t just on giving you more ideas for fundraisers…[there’s a pretty good list of ideas here, or you can get this book here]
It’s about how to make more money in less time. It’s about how to get the biggest bang for your buck. It’s about negotiating your way around the obstacles that seem to thwart you!
To get you started, I’m offering a free workshop on Grant Writing.
Why is grant writing such a vital skill for music educators? It’s simple: they cost nothing to apply for, take only your time, and aren’t considered ‘fundraising’ [for those of you who have been told you ‘aren’t allowed’ to fund raise].
Also, they tend to be larger dollar amounts.[Our school PTA was happy with getting a check from Applebee’s for an event. It was $150. The last successful grant I wrote was $7,000+]
To register for the workshop, simply enter your name and email: