How to Plan a Non-Profit Music Benefit Concert

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A nonprofit function focuses on raising money for a cause without turning a profit, and a benefit concert is no different. There are many people, such as performers, who are willing to provide their services for free in support of a cause. Planning a nonprofit music benefit concert will take some organization and time, but it can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Things You'll Need

  • Volunteers/organizers
  • Bands/performers
  • Fliers
  • Advertisers
  • Promotional products (optional)
  • Determine the cause for the music benefit concert. The cause can be anything for which you have a strong desire to help, such as animals or environmental causes, illness prevention and/or cures, and charity organizations or religious programs.

  • Form a group of people to help run this event. Use your group members' strengths, knowledge of certain areas, and weaknesses in other areas to delegate tasks; for example, those with fund-raising experience, connections to venue(s) or bands and advertising (see Resources).

  • Set a theme and budget for the benefit concert, along with the fund-raising goals. Think about design and possible promotional products for the event.

  • Find money to host the concert. Offer local businesses the opportunity to advertise in the benefit concert program. Many small businesses are interested in getting some publicity in conjunction with a charity event.

  • Set a date and find musicians you'd like to book. Discuss with them the length of the benefit concert, pay and any extra help or equipment the musicians may need.

  • Choose a venue/location. Many churches, banquet halls and clubhouses will typically rent out spaces inexpensively or sometimes free with charity help (see Resources).

  • Print fliers with the basic information: the cause, the date and time of the benefit concert, who will be performing and any relevant contact information. Put out as much advertising as possible. Use word-of-mouth, bulletins both locally and online (try social networking sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn), invitations and local businesses to advertise the event.

  • Launch the concert and monitor throughout the event for any glitches that could occur (weather, sound and lighting, refreshments).

Tips & Warnings

  • At least one to two months before the benefit concert, make the cause known so that you can promote your nonprofit music benefit concert.

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