Show me the Talent! How to hold a Talent Show Fundraiser

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Are you looking for something creative and fun to do in order to raise funds for your elementary school?  If you are, now you can add one more (quite possibly the most fun one) to your list.

In our elementary schools we are finding more and more talented kids with the ability to sing, play music, act, perform magic tricks and gymnastics, and show off many other abilities. Shows like American Idol, Most Talented Kid and Nashville Star and So You Think You Can Dance are providing inspiration for would be stars and athletes!  These incredibly talented kids are looking for ways to show off their talents to their friends, family, and the community at large.

Organizing a talent show fundraiser can be a fun and exciting venture to get involved in.  There are several steps you will want to take to make sure that the show goes on without a hitch, and that your elementary school can reap the rewards of a successful fundraiser.

The first step would be to generate interest in participation at the school.  Give all of the students a flyer containing information as to the location, time, date, and the cost to enter the competition.  It is suggested to keep the entry fee for the talent show very low as to generate more entrants – this won’t be your main source of revenue.

You will need to set a specific time limit and ensure that each participant in the talent show knows exactly how long they have to perform their talent for the public. This will mean that you will need to have somebody operating a timer to make certain that the show is flowing properly and that no one student gets more time than the other – although of course you don‘t want to be a wet blanket!  (This is what rehearsals are for!)

You will want to charge admission to the show for everyone coming to see what your kids have up their sleeve.  You may want to think about having a door prize and giving each member of the audience a ticket for a chance to win that prize as they enter.  Most people love the idea of winning anything and door prizes are very popular at these types of events.

Now that you have the entrant fee and the spectator fee, you will want to serve the people who are in the building enjoying the entertainment some refreshments. Think about scheduling time for a brief intermission during the show so that visitors can visit the concession stand and not miss any of the talent.

This will help to bring up your profits because many people will visit the concession stand before the show starts, but once the show is over the concession area can seem like a very lonely place. A break is the perfect way to entice them back fro another treat – and if you can offer home baked goodies, so much the better!

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