First thought would be to be straightforward with the
superintendent. Not rude or confrontational, of course. But
honest. These ticket sales brought in $x for our program last
year. Are you planning to be sure that our official budget
makes up for the shortfall if we stop selling tickets? If the
answer is no, he should at least see the problem with his
request. If the answer is yes, yippee whoo hoo - - celebrate
and take the money that should have been there in the first
Selling tickets to kids' concerts is basically a back
door "pay to play" system. The only people coming to these
concerts tend to be the kids own families. So, if each family
was paying $8 to attend the three yearly concerts - -
institute a $25 pay to play fee. It's basically the exact
same thing. The same people are paying the same amount in the
On 11/29/12, Ohio wrote:
> Our music boosters have been charging $3/person or
> $8/family for grades 5-12 music concerts since the 1970's.
> The price has remained the same. Now, our new
> superintendent wants us to get rid of the admission fee and
> have free concerts. This worries us because we use this
> money to do lots of different things for the students.
> Fundraisers are not working...this is the only way for us
> to guarantee that we can support our program.
> Our boosters pay for instruments, risers, shells, pianos,
> tunings, uniforms, uniform cleanings, student scholarships
> for lessons, solo and ensemble fees, camps and workshops...
> What can we do to make up for this loss in funds?
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