Category Archives: Fundraising

Purchasing New Uniforms: Our January 2014 Webinar

Ever wonder how to begin the process of purchasing new uniforms? Obviously this is a question that many schools have. In last spring’s National Report of Music Parents & Booster Organizations, nearly one third of the respondents said they raised money to purchase new uniforms.

We thought it would be good to look at the process, including everything from designing a new uniform to shopping for best pricing and the ordering process. Then we’ll answer questions about how long these garments should last and how best to care for them.

The Keeper of the Tradition for 27 Years: Dick Zentner of Norwin High School

As the marching band season draws to a close, it’s often heralded by band parents with a measure of relief, or perhaps in tears, but always with pride. One season is tough enough. Four years, and you’re considered an old pro. Imagine staying on for 27 years. That’s what Dick Zentner of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, … Continue reading The Keeper of the Tradition for 27 Years: Dick Zentner of Norwin High School

Fundraising: The Lifeblood of a Successful Program

Guest blogger Carole E. Howell is the 1st Vice President/Fundraising for the Lafayette Band Association (KY), responsible for raising the funds that make up over half their annual budget.

With the community’s support, each and every child can have the opportunity to participate in the extracurricular activity of their choice. By offering encouragement and financial support, you will feel good about yourself and feel proud of the young men and women when you see what can be accomplished through successful fundraising. Everybody—students, families, schools, and the community—benefits!

Simple Advocacy for Busy Parents

In the news today, we see all too often stories of music programs being slashed, budgets being dissected, and even entire schools being shuttered. Learning this, many people shrug and conclude that there’s nothing to be done about it. They may feel helpless, and hopeless. They may assume that people more knowledgable than they are are making the right decisions on their behalf, or that the powers that be have stacked the deck against them, or that it’s too late and there’s too much momentum to change anything now.

VolunteerSpot: a New AMP partnership that will save YOU time!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with VolunteerSpot, an online tool that saves parent leaders & music educators hundreds of hours by simplifying the task of signing up, scheduling and reminding parent volunteers – reducing your busy work and leaving you more time to focus on what’s important.