Easy Fundraising Ideas for Music Teachers

by Abby @ Quaver on March 27, 2013

in Grant Watch,In the Quaver Classroom!

Music teachers are an ingenious bunch, making the most of often lacking budgets to reach students in creative and engaging ways.

Fundraisers are just one tool in the toolbox of Music Teachers looking to purchase new instruments, add technology to their classroom, or maybe even renew their Quaver Resources for another marvelous year!

We asked Quaver Teachers for their most successful ideas for quickly raising $200 – $300 and much more:

Host an Annual “Dress Down Day”

If your students wear uniforms or a strict dress code, one of the easiest ways to come up with the money is to ask your principal for a Dress Down Day. Students donate $1 to $2 in the week before the big day, and are allowed to wear non-uniform ensembles on Dress Down Day! from Jean Pittman: Savannah, GA

Approach Local Businesses

Many McDonald’s Restaurants offer what they call a McTeacher’s Night. This is a program where a local McDonald’s will pair up with a local school. The school promotes the night to bring in customers, then the McDonald’s donates a certain percentage of their profits for the evening to the school. Staff from the school are on hand to welcome guests and help in the dining room. Our local McDonald’s guarantees a minimum of $500 for the event. It’s a very easy, one-night fundraiser that requires little effort. It’s fun, great for community relations, and there’s a guaranteed minimum dollar amount that could easily go higher depending on how well it’s promoted and how much traffic comes in. These are not handled by McDonald’s corporate office, so you have to talk to the manager or owner of your local franchise. from Jon Oliver: Corbin, KY

Host a Raffle at your next Event

Get area businesses to donate some items and raffle them off. We made about 450 bucks at our fourth grade show with raffle prizes. from Ben Sexton: Ellijay, GA

Sell! Sell! Sell!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has a great fundraiser. You make at least 50% profit per dozen, but your profit margin goes up the more you sell. The students sell using an order form and collect the money up front, providing the date the doughnuts will be delivered. You call the order in. Krispy Kreme delivers the product straight to your door, and you hand the driver a check for the amount due. Parents show up at delivery, pick up the product, and deliver the fresh doughnuts to their customers! It’s always been very popular and well received. The last time we did it, we sold over 800 dozen!  from Jon Oliver: Corbin, KY

We sell Tervis Tumblers, and it’s always a super easy fundraiser! I just fill out a form, place the order, and make a decent profit. We usually have a running order going and once we have over 50 or 100 cups, we place the order and start over. Brings in a few hundred dollars each time and requires zero work! Plus the staff at Tervis is quick to respond if you email them and say you are interested in doing a special order/create a cup all your own they are super helpful!  from Emmy Williams: Savannah, GA

Create a Keepsake

I have great success selling photo montages of our music class and events we put on all year. I simply drop the pictures into a PowerPoint, and set it to music. Parents often buy several copies for family and gifts. Send electronically and there’s basically no expense, so lots of profit! from Rita Black: Nashville, TN

With permission from the publisher (which is easy to get), I make DVDs of all my shows and sell them to the parents as keepsakes! from Amanda Gonzales: Rincon,GA

Check out our series with more fundraising ideas for the music classroom.

How do you raise money to meet your music program’s goals?

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1 Ben Sexton March 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

We sell DVDs of our performances as well. One item to note: you can often contact the writer directly and get permission to to record the performances. I’ve been successful at being able to record large scale productions by simply asking the writers for permission. Like the rest of us, they just want to be consulted before we use their creative genius for profit.

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