How to Raise Money to Buy Your Dream Instrument
7 tips on organizing a successful fund-raising campaign
At some point, most serious string players will want a new or better instrument or bow. “Once you reach a certain ability and sophistication, you find that an instrument without a wide palette of colors and ranges inhibits you,” says Stephen Harrison, cellist with the Ives Quartet and faculty member at Stanford University. But what if your savings aren’t enough to buy the instrument and bow that you want? Asking other individuals for money can feel awkward, but it’s a skill worth learning. While you probably won’t be able to raise the huge amounts needed for a rare old Italian instrument, or an antique French bow, soliciting private contributions could raise a sum well into the thousands to purchase a good contemporary stringed instrument and modern bow. Here are seven fund-raising tips.
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