‘Here’s a rewarding path: volunteer for… then perform for… an organization that you hold in high regard’ -says Rachel Bennett.
Through high school and maybe college you will probably be aware of placements for organizations that take on volunteers.
For school placements, you are often asked what sort of industry or organization interests you and this can get you started on the road to understanding how voluntary work works!
You can extend your school interest by involving your band in voluntary work outside of school hours – the rewards can be fantastic!
Here’s How to Get Started
Find out where you can do some voluntary work in your area for a corporate business or for a large organization that employs a big staff role – this can be a government building or a private business.
It’s best to go for a line of work that you feel passionate about – maybe something to do with the environment or, in contrast, something around the fashion industry or the food industry.
Once you are involved, find out what events the company put on for their staff team or for the local area – most companies have a fund for such events.
Tap into the theme or the general mood of the event and work out a proposal with your band in mind – a performance as part of an event or a whole evening of music (with your friend’s bands too).
As a volunteer you are in a good position to meet many staff and can then go about publicizing your band on internal email (if permitted) or delivering personalized fliers to their desks.
Forward planning well in advance is a must for any of these above – looking at your local area in the newspapers calendar for instance or at the events listings for any particular charity.
Rachel Bennett is a London-based vocal coach and singer songwriter. She is the lead singer / songwriter of RAIE and a Musical Director for theatre, television & recording studios across London. She has associations at WAC Performing Arts and Media College and Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. You can learn more about Rachel on her Website or Facebook. You can see more of Rachel’s writing here.