Fundraising is a necessary “evil,” required for most of our programs to survive and flourish. Unfortunately, few music educators were also trained as accountants. Because sloppy accounting often looks very similar to mismanagement of funds, we all need to add careful data collection to the skills we use in the classroom each year.
For many programs, parent booster groups are essential. They help provide access to resources that school districts can’t provide. In addition to fundraising benefits, individual booster parents bring many talents into our organizations. When managed correctly, these contributions can greatly relieve a lot of the stress associated with being a music director.
In our Title 1 school, the student population is very diverse socially and economically. Funding our music programs can be a challenge. Fundraising makes a big difference.
Many music directors use sales of fruit, cheese cake, candles, and “you name it” from fundraising companies to benefit their programs.