Give a Gig Week: FAQ
What is Give a Gig Week?
It’s a nationwide extravaganza of live music and fundraising. We want 100 gigs of all shapes and sizes to take place during Give a Gig Week. And we want you to organise one of them.
When is Give a Gig Week?
24-31 March 2017.
What’s it in aid of?
Give a Gig Week is an initiative to raise funds for Youth Music. We’re a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Find out more about what we do.
How do I get involved?
We’re asking you, the public, to put on your own live music event during the week of 24-31 March 2017, and to raise money for Youth Music. Your gig can be any size, any genre, anywhere!
Whether you’re a musician, promoter, venue owner, or simply want to use the power of music to help young people. Your first step is to register to Give a Gig.
Help! I’ve never organised a gig before.
Don’t worry! The Give a Gig resources page is full of useful advice on planning and promoting your gig, and raising as much money as possible.
You can also join the Give a Gig community on Facebook and Twitter to share tips and ideas with your fellow gig-givers. And of course, we’re here to help – drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7902 1097.
How else will Youth Music support me?
You’ll get an event page on the Give a Gig website where you can showcase your gig details, artist photos, videos and social media links. Send us your Twitter handle or Facebook link and we’ll happily give you a share or retweet. Give a Gig Week is a great chance to gain exposure for your band/choir/orchestra/DJ act as part of a nationwide event.
Unfortunately we’re not able to help with sourcing acts, venues or sponsors. We believe that half the fun is in doing the organising yourself and making the event your own – and the weird and wonderful array of events put on by our awesome supporters is part of what makes Give a Gig Week special.
Who else is on board?
We’ve got some big name artists signed up to perform already. But we also want to see grassroots gigs take place in pubs, clubs, arts venues and community centres up and down the country.
We’ve got heavy metal, grime, jazz and comedy gigs, choirs, orchestras, buskers, gigs in living rooms, and one gig taking place on top of a hill in Yorkshire.
I’m already doing a gig that week, can I still take part?
Of course! We’d love you to take your existing event and put the Give a Gig stamp on it. Simply register to Give a Gig and list your event on the Give a Gig website.
What if my gig falls outside that week?
Although we want as many gigs as possible to take place during Give a Gig Week, you can of course Give a Gig at any time of year, and we’ll support you just the same.
How do I fundraise?
The simplest way to raise funds is to donate a percentage of the proceeds from your ticket sales. You could also add a donation (such as £1) on top of an existing ticket price, or simply have a bucket shake or voluntary contribution on the door.
And how about boosting your total by holding a raffle on the night, running the cloakroom, doing a bake sale, sponsored challenge or music quiz? Check out the Give a Gig resources for more ideas!
How will my fundraising make a difference?
The money you raise will help Youth Music invest in life-changing music-making projects nationwide. Our money is spent where it’s needed most: invested directly in over 350 projects across England. That’s around 75,000 children and young people regularly making music each year.
If you love music, you already know how life-changing it can be. With your support, we can transform many more young lives. Read more about the impact of our work.
How do I pay in the money I’ve raised?
Once your gig’s taken place, you can pay your money in online via your Give a Gig profile on the Youth Music website. This is the safest, quickest and easiest way, and the amount will automatically show up on your gig page.
What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising target?
We’re here to help you make your gig a success and raise as much as possible, but we recognise that not every event will reach its fundraising target. We’re grateful for every penny you do raise.
I can’t find the answer to my question…
Simply get in touch on email@example.com or 020 7902 1097.