One of the biggest challenges community choruses face when commissioning new music is figuring out how to fund it. Here are some creative ways to get the money you need for your commissioned work!
Get a Grant
Research grants for community choruses to find granting organizations that may be interested in funding your commission. Believe it or not, there are several granting organizations specifically dedicated to helping ensembles and composers create new music together. Here are a few opportunities:
Set up a Crowdfunding Campaign
Companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have helped individuals and organizations raise money for all kinds of projects. Expand your reach and your donor pool by setting up a crowdfunding campaign to help you raise money for your commission.
Try Facebook Fundraising
Unlike crowdfunding companies, Facebook fundraising supports only nonprofits and waives all fees. This means you get to keep 100% of the money raised for your commission. Set up your chorus’s Facebook page to accept donations through Facebook’s Payment Processor, then set up a fundraiser for your commission. Ask your members to share the fundraiser with their friends and family on Facebook and work with your marketing team to promote the campaign online.
Work Directly With a Donor
Commissioning a choral piece is exciting and many donors want to take part in the creative process. Once you have a commissioning project in mind, try to find a donor or several donors whose interests align with the project you’d like to commission. Ask them to sponsor the commission itself or other concert expenditures.
Put Together a Commissioning Consortia
A commissioning consortia is a group of ensembles that come together to fund the composition of a new work. This is a great way to help split costs up so that you don’t have to carry the entire financial burden. You can create your own commissioning consortium by spending time contacting choruses with a project pitch or you could use a service like Consortio to make the process less painful!
Tori Cook is the Director of Marketing at Chorus Connection. She directs the Harborlight Show Chorus and is President of Chorus pro Musica in the Boston area. When not making music, she daydreams about adopting a golden retriever puppy and scuba diving to exotic locations around the world.