A few years ago we put together a talent show at our nursing home. It was so much fun, and we were pleasantly surprised by all the hidden talent within our walls. There was a great variety of talent, too. Four nurses sang a quarter. One resident told jokes and another played the piano. A CNA twirled a baton. An employee’s daughter performed a dance solo.
Although we held our talent show purely for fun, I believe it can also be a great fundraiser. Check out these tips to make your talent show a success:
- Recruit an enthusiastic MC to share a little blurb about each participant and keep the talent show running smoothly.
- Start and end with your best acts.
- Start on time and don’t let the program run too long. We found that 60-90 minutes was about right.
- Keep each act brief so you can fit in as many acts as possible.
- You can charge an admission fee; however, it may work better to simply ask for donations. People tend to be very generous when they know the money is going to a good cause.
- Offer a variety of acts: vocal & instrumental music, magic tricks, poetry, dance, comedy, skits.
- Recruit a panel of judges and award a small prize (donated, of course!) for the best act.
- Sell concessions as an additional fundraiser: cookies, popcorn, soda, donuts, brownies.
- I remember the room was packed when we held our talent show. If you believe a lot of people will attend, you may want to hold two shows: one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Have you ever hosted a talent show as a fundraiser? I would love to hear your tips in the comment section!
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