Sunday, October 23, 2011

Andy's Handy Hints for your Ensemble, Part 2

Continuing from part 1 of Andy's Handy Hints

Find a Home Venue 

A church is often the cheapest place and not a bad acoustic either. Pay attention to the average attendance and think about downsizing if necessary. Some friends of mine, the group Flute Alors! Have been performing in a hall that seats about 80. Not exactly huge, but it always looks well-attended.

Plan the Future of Your Ensemble

What kind of service will you provide for the community. Make all of your goals clear and give timelines for specific projects you have in mind.

Establish a Board of Governors

Once a few concerts have been performed and your group is energised about the future, find three well-connected supporters who will herald your successes to the community. Speak to them about your plans and, if they show excitement, ask them if they might be interested in taking a leadership role with the ensemble (I.e. joining a board of governors). You'll need a president, secretary, and treasurer. The treasurer will be extremely important and helpful in future grant-writing. Make clear the purpose of the board from the beginning in order to avoid any stress later.

Incorporate as a Non-Profit or Charitable Organisation

A charitable organisation has 501(c)3 status in the States. This is very important as it opens your group up to more granting agencies as well as allowing you to issue tax-deductible receipts to donors.

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