Getting the right charity entertainment for your upcoming event is a huge challenge. We get how you feel, and we want to help.
Organizing a charity event is both a stressful experience and a rewarding one thanks to a resounding success. It means reaching all your goals and receiving positive feedback from your guests makes everything bad go away.
If you are a non-profit organization, you may see entertainment as a beautiful dream which you could not possibly achieve. However, that is not true, especially if you do everything like a professional.
Here are five of the biggest mistakes you should avoid at any cost when looking to hire charity entertainment.
#1 “We Are a Non-Profit Organization.”
Many charity event organizers use the wrong argument to ask an entertainer to perform at their event: “it is a good deed, we are a non-profit organization!”.
Entertainers may receive up to ten requests for services every day. Imagine if half of those emails contain the “argument” mentioned above. It does not feel so special anymore, doesn’t it?
Even if you are looking for charity entertainment or donations, your arguments should be much more compelling. Making the entertainer feel like his work does make a positive impact which will get you better results, but only as long as you do not ask for a free performance.
#2 You do not Emphasize the Right Return on Investment
Nobody will give you his or her time for free. Even volunteers get something in return – actively doing something to fix an individual issue.
It is the same even with charity entertainment. There’s a higher chance your proposition will sound better if you let entertainers know what’s in it for them, besides the chance of doing something for the greater good.
Assuming everybody cares about your cause and is willing to help you for free is probably the biggest mistake you can do.
#3 You Play the “Hometown” Card Wrong
In the world we are living today, only a few artists stick to just one city, while the most talented ones reach out to each continent at a time.
Based on their success, some even decide to move to another state/country/continent.
If you are looking for charity entertainment and want to hire an entertainer born in that town, you should first do a thorough research.
Playing the “hometown” card may not do you any good if the entertainer no longer has any connections with that town.
#4 You Offer Reach instead of Credibility
If you are organizing a charity event for a quite large non-profit, you may feel good with, let’s say, reaching out to one million people. It is indeed impressive, and you should be proud of achieving it.
However, for a celebrity, one million people might be absolutely nothing. Especially if you think about YouTube and social media platforms where they reach millions on a daily basis. Their time is valuable and should be valued as such.
Instead, advertise credibility forget about reach and let the entertainer know you can pay for the performance.
#5 You do not Offer to Pay for Charity Entertainment
Being consistently focused on achieving your charity fund goals may make you oblivious of the fact artists should be paid as well. Especially if you are looking for a musician to sing at your event.
If you plan to sell tickets, you should also offer to pay for the performance. Having an artist perform on stage could bring in more donors at your event. It means you will get a good return on investment.