This year in my studio students earned jewels throughout the year for different accomplishments. Next week at our group lesson (post recital) party I am holding an auction so students can “spend” their jewels (we did a pirate theme).
I have 36 students that participated in this and I was realizing how expensive this auction would be. So I was trying to come up with an idea to generate a little more money to help fund the auction. I tried asking for some gently used or new donations from parents that could be auctioned off and got no response. Then I remembered our local MTA Ensemble concert does support ads and I figured why not? So I went ahead and offered it in hopes I’d get some bites and I did. By doing the support ads I was not only able to fund my program printing costs in color but now have a good budget to spend on auction items! I think this will be a new tradition in my recital program. Plus I can’t help but smile when I read the support ads.
A support ad is an ad feature in the program with a supportive message from a family member, friend or even a business. I’m including the pdf version 2013 Hidden Treasures Program so you can get an idea of what they look like. Keep in mind the pdf file is not the printing order but you get the idea…
What a great idea! The local dance studios do this, and the High School Drama groups … but never considered it for a piano recital. How much did you charge? Did you offer several levels of prices, based on percentage of page and whether they included a photo?
They had the choice between some clipart choices or sending a picture. I charged $15 for 1/4 page; $25 for 1/2 page and $50 for full.
What an absolutely cute idea! I just love the whole them, and how it fitted in with your incentive program, and of course the sponsor ads are just too wonderful for words!
Just found this and absolutely love this idea!
Think I will need to put it into place for next year.