My Band Needs Money and That Sucks!


My Band Needs Money and That Sucks

I have seen lot’s of local bands struggle with money thinking that playing shows and touring is enough to sustain them financially which usually never happens.

Local Bands that want to make money outside of tours and shows should start thinking of the band as a business and not just a band. Everyone in the band should be equally dedicated to the success of the band and want to see great things happen.

I am just writing this to give some helpful tips.

1. Create a business plan

2. The Donation Method

Sample donation letter: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sample-donation-letter.html

Steps to creating a donation campaign

  1. Create a heartfelt letter of your bands journey goals, success and pitfalls.
  2. Have each band member make a list of ten people they know (include names, address and phone number)
  3. Buy stamps and envelopes
  4. In your envelop include a card with the opportunity for people to commit to a monthly donation to your band and activities. Also give them the opportunity to make a one time donation

If your friends and families do donate make sure that you keep them updated on band activities and thank them for the donation.

3. Sponsorship/Endorsement

Difference Between Endorsement and Sponsorship

1. An act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone or something.
2. A recommendation of a product in an advertisement.

1. The position of being a sponsor
2. Financial support received from a sponsor

Many companies will give sponsorships to bands that they believe are committed to the success of their band
This is where your business plan will be the most important

How to get band endorsement: http://www.musicthinktank.com/mtt-open/how-to-get-endorsements-or-sponsors-for-your-band-tour-recor.html

  • Make a list of local businesses, companies and corporations in your area. (find ones that are typically centered around music)

Write a Sponsorship Letter
Letter requesting sponsorship: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Letter-Requesting-Sponsorship

Sponsorship letter example: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sponsorship-letters-examples.html

How to get sponsorship money for your band: http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Get-Big-Sponsorship-Money-for-Your-Band,-Tour,-Event-or-Production&id=10503

Write an Endorsement Letter
How to write an Endorsement letter: http://www.writeexpress.com/endorsement.htm

  • Define which companies would be better for sponsorship and which ones will be better for endorsement

Local Band Do’s and Dont’s: http://smashmagazine.com/issue41-miscellaneous-localbanddosdonts.html

Local Band Resources


1 thought on “My Band Needs Money and That Sucks!”

  1. Deborah is highly educated, holding, at least a Masters Degree, which becomes evident in her mannerisms, demeanor and professionalism. I have attended many board meetings (probably more than most candidates currently running for office) to observe the board in action. Such attendance allows me to more fully represent the residents of the district with my membership on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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