Friday, January 27, 2006

If you build it, will they come?

So I have been going a bit nuts for about 6 months now. I am a performer with no stage! It's funny to think about it now, but when I was younger (and I really mean up until about three years ago) I had the WORST stage fright. So bad that once at a recital, when I was a teenager, I forgot the words to a song after four measures and ran off stage crying. Ah, memories. Now, you can hardly pull me off stage! So what is one to do when opportunity has stopped knocking at your door? You simply barge in on theirs!

After a modest beginning in the audition circuit, and with my current standings as a non-student, I realize that I will not get to perform my dream role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto unless I make the opportunity myself. As Miss Indiana, I had access to an entire audience of patrons who would fill the seats in the performance halls. My biggest concern now, is how to entice the crowd into coming...period.

My idea is to put on a concert version of Rigoletto. I have the singers (who already know the roles) and I can get the accompanist. Now, I am searching for a venue and a sponsor. I would like to combine with the American Heart Association (of which I was formerly a member) or the American Cancer Society. I figure that I can use a percentage of the profit to reimburse costs, such as the accompanist, and donate the rest to the non-profit organization.

My question is this: What is the best way to go about approaching these organizations? Does anyone have any experience with organizing an event like this?

Suggestions please!!!
:: posted by Bryn, 5:51 AM


Great idea, Bryn! As a former meeting planner, I know you're in for alot of work, but it will be well worth it.

Two pointers:

1 - Get lots of volunteers and form committees with heads of committees. You will get more done and avoid alot of aggravation if you can delegate and spread out the work. Give the committees clear guidelines and then lots of freedom to use their own creativity and resources. Keep excellent track of anyone who donates so much as a button or a comb, not to mention ideas, free coffee, free hairstyling or access to their costume room and make scrupulously sure to acknowledge them in the program and with personal handwritten notes afterwards. It's all about the RELATIONSHIPS!

2 - Contact fellow actively performing singer Cindy Sadler, who also is the singer as business person guru. Her website is For instance, there are actual tax forms & etc if you are using the Red Cross or whomever as a donation beneficiary. Also, you'll want to cozy up with their marketing dept., so they know & approve of what you're doing and also they can lend a hand with promotion (use of logos, adding you to brochures or existing campaigns).

Creating your own performing opportunities is a very, very smart idea. Best wishes!
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