Host a concert or event
1Decide what kind of concert you're planning
Playing For Change was started by musicians and artists who shared a common belief that through music great things are possible. Are you a musician yourself? Recruit your band and call on your fellow musician friends to get involved. Maybe your school choir wants to join you in hosting an event at your school.
- Blair and Brittany from South Peace Secondary School in Dawson Creek, BC, hosted a benefit concert at their school
- The organizers of Muncie Springfest in Indiana donated a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales to PFCF
- The a cappella choir from Jamesville-DeWitt high School in DeWitt, NY, hosted a benefit concert in their school's auditorium
- Sara Bareilles donated the proceeds from her concert at Hotel Café
- The options are limitless—how do you want to contribute?
2Choose a date and location for your concert
Your concert might fit in your backyard or fill an auditorium, so think about who will be performing and who will be attending, and select a venue that is right for your event. Talk to the managers of local clubs and concert halls and see if they’ll help you with your show. Ask your choir teacher to help you plan a concert at your school. If you have friends that are planning a show or festival, find out if they would be interested in donating a percentage of proceeds to a good cause.
When choosing a date, be sure to give yourself enough time to gather performers, plan the show, and tell people about it. If you’re having the show at a club, they may give you some options of dates that are available. Try to choose a date when the most people would be able to attend a concert; holidays and school nights are difficult for kids and families, weekends are usually a safe bet.
3Spread the word and fill the seats
Now that you've decided on when and where your event will take place, it's time to tell your friends and recruit volunteers to help you prepare for, promote, and run your event. There are many people, such as performers in the arts, who are willing to donate their services in support of a cause. When others see the energy you're putting in to your event, they will likely want to become a part of it, too.
Our Media Kit has tools to help you promote your event including logos and images, information print-outs, mail-in donation forms, brand guidelines, and more. You can create a Facebook event and invite your friends, ask the local paper if they will list the show in their “upcoming events,” and make sure people know that you’re not just playing a concert, you’re playing for CHANGE. Don’t forget to tell us about your event so we can get you the materials and support you need to make it a success.