The BMS Performathon is a public music marathon where students raise funds for BMS’ financial aid program. Students ask friends, family, neighbors, anyone you like, to support them by sponsoring their performance. All pledges and contributions should be recorded on the performer’s pledge form. Each member performing in an ensemble should have their own pledge sheet and collect sponsors independently of each other.
We recommend solos or small group performances. Unfortunately, the Shops at Chestnut Hill do not permit drum sets of any kind. For jazz and rock ensembles, we recommend playing repertoire that does not require drumset (bongos and/or hand percussion is okay though!). All ensemble members (chamber, jazz, and rock) are invited to play solos even if they are not studying privately at BMS. Should you or your student wish to perform multiple works, we will make every effort to accommodate scheduling as best as possible to ensure all interested students can participate.
Any student of any age currently enrolled in BMS lessons, classes, and/or ensembles can participate. BMS students can also invite friends who are not enrolled at BMS to play with them! You do not have to be taking private lessons to participate in Performathon, but be sure your BMS teacher knows of your participation and help you prepare for the performance.
We recommend a personal approach - it’s always best to ask friends and family face-to-face to support your cause. Participating in the Performathon is how students support students at BMS; you’re actively making lessons, classes, and ensembles accessible for all. Try personalizing this script:
“Hi name! I’m performing in Brookline Music School’s Performathon this year, and I’d like you to be a sponsor of my performance. I’ll be performing repertoire at the Shops at Chestnut Hill to raise money for the BMS financial aid program at time on March 2nd, 2024. I’d like to invite you to attend in addition to your sponsorship. The BMS financial aid program offers valuable financial aid to students and families in need for all classes and programs. I am participating because here’s your chance - why is helping those who need it have access to music important to you? Will you help me spread the joy of music at BMS this year?”
Note: it is easiest to collect contributions when you ask for sponsorship, either via cash, check, or online payment. Brookline Music School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax deductible according to law.
You can also advertise your Performathon participation online, through Email, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. You’re welcome to share our posts to spread awareness and gather sponsors. Just be sure to get all the required information from them or direct them to this page to donate electronically.
Pledges are due by the day of the Performathon, unless your sponsor contributes using the online sponsorship form, which processes immediately. Students should give all cash and/or check sponsorships to a BMS staff member in the office during our regular hours or on the day of the Performathon.