Create a performance that participants will remember for the rest of their lives!
Many participants in your music program probably won’t become professional musicians but why not give them a chance to feel like one while performing on stage?! Creating a Signature Event helps participants look forward to participating in an annual performance and gives them a goal to work towards while building their self-confidence and self-esteem. Whether its an Album Release Party, Awards Night, Talent Show, or Vocal Competition, help your participants dream big as they perform for their adoring fans!
Create a Signature Event that involves your participants in something bigger than they ever thought possible. Here are some general tips for creating a memorable Signature Event:
- Go big!
- Book a professional concert venue (e.g. House of Blues, Hard Rock or local college auditorium)
- Rent a red carpet, staging, sound system and lighting
- Secure corporate sponsors and special guest performers
- Document the special occasion by hiring professional photographers and videographers
- Create awards and custom swag (e.g. t-shirts, posters, etc)
- Create a buzz promoting your event in the press and community
- Invite other program departments to help – for example:
- Invite the Dance Team to choreograph a dance routine and perform on stage
- Have Visual Arts participants design a flyer or custom T-Shirts
- Have Teen Center pass out invitations or help with setup/teardown of equipment
- Invite everyone!
- Plan for EVERYONE in your Youth Development Organization to attend
- Shutdown all other program areas – rent buses so all youth members at your organization can attend
- Staff help chaperone participants in the audience
- Administrative staff and board members should also attend
- Parents and family members
- Pick a family friendly day/time
- Make sure the venue has parking or public transportation
- Donors, sponsors, foundations and program partners
- Highlight how their contributions and support made the night possible
- Prepare! In addition to the logistics discussed above, be sure to:
- Work with organizational staff to make sure you choose a date/time free of other program or event conflicts.
- Develop a rehearsal schedule so participants are confident on stage
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