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Rory Raven
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Greetings, all --

I'm trying to get a show up and running, and having a sponsor would help.

Have any of you worked with a sponsor to help foot the bill for venue rental, advertising, and other costs associated with a show?

How did you find them? What do they generally like to see in a proposal? What has been your experience?

Any input is appreciated.

(Well, almost any ....)

Thanks!

Rory
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Scott O.
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Depends on what type of show and who the sponsor would be. Here's a link to an old discussion about this. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=44&5
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Most sponsors I have talked to want a lot of guarantees. They want you to have a following. They want to be assured that the seats are filled.
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Unless you can GUARANTEE how many people their name wil be in front of, it is tough to find them.
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Well you can get smaller sponsors for local events like the local coffee shop or sporting good store pretty easily. IF you are asking for $100 to $500.

For the big boys you really need to get a PR rep or a sponsor rep. They are hard to obtain. Danny hit it right on the nose they want to know where their logos will be, how many people and a plan of action for PR. The PR firms for major companies usually make the decision.

For our international shows we have had sponsors and usually the show promotor obtains them from the past programs.

When Remax sponsored us for a TV show they required the entire script.... and edited the heck out of it.

Walmart and Target does have local community event sponsors which is easier to obtain if you are asking for a small amount.


Good luck...
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Rory Raven
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Many thanks to all of you for your input.

Mr. B -- that's a great site you recommended.

Still happy to hear from anyone else about this.

Rory
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If you are interested in exploring the idea of finding sponsors for school shows, Barry Mitchell talks a little bit about the topic on his CD, "The 10 Commandments of Selling Your Program."

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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Curtis touched on it some...but it can be taken much further. You need to be prepared to provide media metrics or hits and track how their money is being spent. We are on a large sponsored tour right now and there is a ton of work that goes into, not just getting the sponsor, but in keeping and justifying them. Make sure you are clear on what you are offering them and be sure you can back it up!

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Rory Raven
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For me, I'm looking to line up a sponsor or sponsors for a series of shows at one venue, not for a tour.

I suppose the same advice as offered above applies.

Rory
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Every sponsorship I have had has come through extensive work.

Smaller ones are possible, but never forget the most important part. Mostly sponsors are interested in a spacific demographic. When tickets are sold to shows like a magic show, there is a large overlap in demographics.

So you need to show how many of the demographic you will hit every show, how you will use the name of the company in your show, and how this is going to translate into exposure for the company in a positive fashion.

A proven track record of gathering the demographic of the company is needed, or a relationship with that company.
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Hi Rory -

Have you considered doing fundraising shows, partnering with a local community group (instead)?

I've heard that John Kaplan has some excellent information on this subject (and I've seen him in action -- so I know he is a master).

- Donald

P.S. I just checked the link that Scott O. posted, and John's materials are mentioned on that thread, too.
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Rory Raven
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Hi, Donald --

No, that hadn't ocurred to me. Good idea.

Thanks!

Rory
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I can recommend the following audio program:
Sponsorship and Promotion for Magicians

There are so many "worth-the-price-of-admission" ideas on this excellent audio interview.

Best,
James
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A friend and I were sponsored by the The Tony Smith Ambassador Foundation... Were doing a lot of promotion this summer for the foundation!

http://www.ttsaf.org

Tony Smith is an entrepreneur from Georgia whose passion for the arts drove him to create a foundation that seeks to support fresh, undiscovered talent not usually seen through traditional means. Through these programs and grants, he hopes to provide the opportunity to ambitious, creative people who have longed to attain their artistic dreams.

Were the first team that have been sponsored for this style of show. Lot's of fun stuff in the near future!!

- Wadini
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This is more of an "investing angel" and it is a fantastic idea.
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If you got why not help right?! haha! Tony is an amazing person with TONS of contacts in the corporate realm.... His real profession is international finance and travels all over the world helping millionaires secure their earnings. Were performing for a man that's worth $750 million dollars next week! His name is Bob Congel and he wants to turn his mall into the world's largest-and Syracuse into the tourist capital of New York!

http://www.destinyusa.com/


"Investing angel" is more accurate. heheh
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