Finding the best fundraiser entertainment for your fundraiser or charity event may sound like a daunting task, but keeping a few key things in mind can make the process go smoothly and keep the stress at a minimum. The best fundraising entertainment isn’t out of reach, and here are some ways to help hone in on what can do to help you make your event’s entertainment as successful as possible.
Who Will Be in Your Fundraising Event’s Audience?
Understanding the age group and make up of your audience is extremely important. Comedy works great for some audiences, and for others, musical acts would be a better fit. Doing a bit of research on social media, talking with other members of your organization or community, and taking a look at previous fundraiser events you or others have had are all good ways to get a sense of who your target audience is and what will appeal most to them.
Should You Hire a Celebrity Entertainer?
Cost of Celebrity Entertainers for Fundraisers
Your first decision maybe about budget and that can affect whether you can hire a well-known celebrity act or if you need to look at entertainment ideas for a more specific budget range. Celebrity comedians can run anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 for a fundraising or charity event. If you have less of a budget to work with (even considerably less) don’t be concerned that the quality of talent will be sub-par! There are still TONS of available options for hiring top not notch fundraiser entertainment at a lower cost, without compromising the experience, ability or professionalism of the talent.
If you do have the budget to hire celebrity comedians, they are typically booked to be a huge attraction and to gain publicity and notoriety for your event. If you are more concerned about just having great entertainment where a household name or big celebrity doesn’t matter as much, then utilizing an agency or researching online testimonials and past experience can help you find the best fundraising entertainment ideas for your event’s budget.
What Type of Entertainment is best for a Fundraiser?
Are you are looking for a clean comedian, a well-known celebrity comedian, musical act or a variety act like you have seen on America’s Got Talent? All of these choices would work well for fundraisers and you might be open to any and all of them. However, if you already have an idea in mind, it will help narrow your focus and help you find the best acts quickly. You may need an experienced Master of Ceremonies to ensure the event runs smoothly. You may want a stage act following dinner, but would also like to add a musical act during dinner or maybe even following a comedian or mentalist. When looking at multiple entertainment options, getting a sense of the scheduled time allotments and the event location’s limitations will help align which type of entertainment will work best during which part of the evening.
How you find a Fundraiser Entertainer?
Obviously, if you choose a celebrity act you may already have seen them on TV or in concert. You will have a good idea of their show. If you are choosing an act that may be new to you then you may want to know more. An experienced entertainment agency with many years of experience will know the track record of the entertainer and who they have worked for in the past. You should be able to read their bio, watch videos, find testimonials and see who they have worked for. This process can take some time, but again an experienced agency will have done the work for you.
If this is for a charity event that’s open to the public, you may want to know if there are any special ideas to promote them for your event.
What about Additional Fundraising Entertainment?
In addition to the main entertainment for your stage, you may consider adding roving performers as people gather for the event or even during dinner. It all adds to the experience and ambiance. Roving acts can keep an audience engaged while waiting for dinner or the main show. Having photo booths or other high-tech interactive events gives everyone something to do and enjoy at dinner events, trade shows and conventions.
Where do I find Fundraiser Entertainment Help?
Choose an experienced fundraiser entertainment agency. They will have the industry connections to handle all the celebrity talent as well as the experience and knowledge of the most successful entertainer for your type of event. And they handle all the details from finding the right act, to making an offer and negotiation on your behalf. They will work with you for all the details in the time leading up to the event to ensure everything is done right.
Check out the benefits of working with an entertainment agency here