Raising money for the school orchestra is an exhausting business.

For one thing, the orchestra tends to be larger than other fine arts clubs in the school, so there are a lot of people to organize and pay for. Secondly, the money the orchestra needs is not small, especially if they travel for concerts or competitions.

Many schools like to be able to provide extra instruments for students who want to play but who do not have their own instruments. These things can get expensive quickly, so orchestra fundraising is just about essential.

This can seem like an overwhelming task if you're the one in charge of organizing the orchestra fundraising effort. You need to remember that you do have quite a few things on your side, though. Your fundraising team will mostly be the orchestra members themselves, and high school students are some of the most energetic and persuasive people around.

Orchestra fundraising is downright fun when you're working with a group of people who have a vested interest in this activity, and understand that their fundraiser benefits them directly, in a tangible way. Start out by having a meeting with the orchestra, so that everyone understands why fundraising needs to be done, and exactly what they can expect to get out of their efforts.

Be specific - tell them that the trip they want to go on at the end of the year costs money, and this is what their orchestra fundraising is helping to raise. The more they are behind the effort, the more enthusiasm they will put into it, and as a result, your fundraiser is a lot more likely to be successful.

Have a look at our orchestra fundraising pages, and see for yourself the wide range of activities and products available. You're sure to find something that you and your orchestra can get excited about!