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Monday, September 1, 2008

Fundraising vs. Ticketed Event: What is feasible?

Depending on the venue found for the "Family Famine: Hunger for Love" narrative production, I may be able to turn it into a fundraising event in connection with the National Storytelling Network.

Some places have set rules in regards to ticketed events or whether donations could be collected or even if the presence of money is allowed. The cost to have the venue in the first place could also determine what is feasible for the presenter to give to another cause after covering expenses.

While at the 2008 National Storytelling Conference, the "Heroes Campaign" was introduced where at least 100 storytelling concerts or workshops across the nation will raise at least $250 each to support the National Storytelling Network and thus furthering visibility and respectability for the art. This would become an annual tradition much like Tellabration!, another NSN trademarked program.

As is the benefit for registering an event for free to be part of Tellabration! and being allowed to use the logo and materials that connects with the program, so there will be a logo created for the Heroes Campaign and a sense of national advocacy. The "Family Famine: Hunger for Love" narrative production could be part of the movement.

The Heroes Campaign would have a specific domain name for its website linked to anywhere NSN has an Internet presence. A Facebook account will be pursued for NSN as well as for the Heroes Campaign. This way the organization will reach beyond the isolated storytelling community and follow the trends that our cousin arts such as theatre, music, and visual arts have already done to spread the word and reach larger audiences.

I may need to set aside the first $250 towards the campaign and then have anything extra to defray my own costs for producing and developing this event. Otherwise, I could announce within my advertising and to any attendees that 50% would go to the National Storytelling Network and 50% would go to me so there is nothing hidden about where the money is going.

This only reminds me how important it is to solidify the venue on the Brigham Young University campus to see what my options would be for fundraising.

Feel free to donate--whether in time or in money--to "Family Famine: Hunger for Love". Specify if a certain amount is going to the National Storytelling Network versus the production costs. Please contact me at info@rachelhedman.com.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
Professional Storyteller
Co-Chair of Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance
(801) 870-5799
How-To Blog: http://storytellingadventures.blogspot.com
Performance Blog: http://familyfamine.blogspot.com

***I will share more details on the Heroes Campaign as more information becomes available.

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