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Crowdfunder to help festive fundraising

Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Following the success of its 2020 #SaveOurBrassBands campaign, Brass Bands England is to run a new large-scale crowdfunder for the banding community.

BrassBandsAtChristmas aims to help bands raise funds at a crucial time of the year, and provide a chance for more people to enjoy brass band music during the festive season.

Both BBE members and non-members will be able to participate in the campaign, benefiting from its promotion of banding as well as accessing support from the BBE team and project partners, Crowdfunder, the UK's number one crowdfunding platform.

Those planning on participating can also join the campaign’s Facebook Group to share progress, updates and ideas with other bands taking part.

Following the launch on October 4, further free coaching sessions will be delivered with Crowdfunder to help bands create and promote their Crowdfunder page, where they will receive their #BrassBandsAtChristmas donations.

Last year’s campaign was a roaring success, raising over £140,000 for brass bands across the UK, and the team are confident bands will be able to achieve even better results this time.

Sarah Baumann, BBE’s education and development manager, commented: “We know that bands will need some time to shape their own fundraising campaigns, so I do hope you’ll be able to join us at the launch event to kick-start your planning now. The further Crowdfunder coaching webinars will also provide an excellent opportunity to benefit from fundraising advice from their resident experts. Last year’s campaign generated some amazing press coverage for bands up and down the country, so remember - the sooner your Crowdfunding page goes live, the sooner BBE will be able to start promoting it.”

Duncan Parker, Crowdfunder's charity and philanthropy director, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Brass Bands England again to support bands to engage with their local communities through fundraising. Some of last year's rewards, offered up by bands in exchange for donations, were truly unique. I'm really looking forward to seeing what bands come up with this time around. Here at Crowdfunder we are passionate about projects that make a difference and we know how important and central bands are to so many communities nationwide.”

A further layer of fundraising support will be available to BBE members, including a Charity Status Q&A session on Monday, October 11, and a Members Resource on accessing funding as a charity.

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