One of the ways in which you can improve the fortunes of a blues club significantly is by getting it (the club) a corporate sponsor.
The process for getting a corporate sponsor for a blues club is actually quite simple. It involves identifying the sorts of corporate entities that are likely to be interested in sponsoring this sort of club, and hitting them with proposals. Sometimes, having personal connections with the top folks at the corporate entities in question is likely to increase the probability of a successful sponsorship deal being hammered out.
A blues club is likely to get a corporate sponsor only if it has an appreciably huge number of members. In most cases, you also have to demonstrate how the corporate entity in question is likely to benefit by offering sponsorship to the blues club in question. A company that, for instance, specializes in the sale of good wireless headphones for running or one that specializes in the sale of headphones for all devices is likely to be interested in this sort of sponsorship deal. That is because the company would see it as an opportunity to promote its products.
All said and done, it is important to remember that getting a corporate sponsor for a blues club is a matter of chance. As such, there is a probability that you may not get such a sponsor, in spite of trying. You need to be ready to live with that reality.
It is possible to turn a blues club into a self-sustaining organization. This way, the club wouldn’t have to depend on contributions from its members, to run its affairs. As a self-sustaining organization, the blues club would be able to generate its own revenues, which can then be used to run its affairs, without having to depend on contributions from the members.
The way to turn a blues club into a self-sustaining organization is by investing the money that members contribute to the club. Thus, whenever contributions are received from members, part of the money is invested, with the rest being used to run the club’s affairs. Over the long run, the returns from the money that was being invested can grow to a level where the club can be sustained on such returns. At that point, the members wouldn’t have to keep on making contributions to the club. The club would have become a self-sustaining organization.
So, how can the members’ contributions money be invested, to turn the club into a self-sustaining organization? Well, one idea would be to put the money into stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Another idea would be to invest the money directly into businesses. This is where, for instance, the club can venture into the business of selling, say, vacuum cleaners. In that case, as long as what the club has to offer are (for instance) indeed the best upright vacuum cleaners or so long as what the club has to offer are indeed the best vacuum for stairs, there is no reason as to why people wouldn’t buy them. After some time, the profits from the business would be huge enough to sustain the club.
Running a blues club is not easy. That is a sentiment you are likely to hear from anyone who has ever tried to run that sort of a club. There are three main challenges associated with the running of a blues club: the challenges on whose account running of a blues club can be a daunting task.
The first challenge associated with the running of a blues club is that of getting new people to sign up as members. There are only so many people who can understand the concept of a blues club, and only so many who can actually sign up to be members of such a club.
The second challenge associated with the running of a blues club is that of getting the people who are already signed up as members to actually attend meetings. Attending such meetings entails sacrificing time: a resource that many people find hard to spare.
The third challenge associated with the running of a blues club is that of getting the members to pay their subscription fees. Often, you have to keep on sending reminders, for the members to eventually pay their subscription fees. Thus, if you use SBCGlobal email for the purpose of sending reminders, then you may find yourself having to keep on visiting and revisiting www.sbcglobal.net (that is, going to the Sbcglobal.net email site, as described at www.sbcglobalnetemail.org). This is something you’d be doing to send email reminders, for the members to ultimately pay up their subscriptions. But you can find consolation in the fact that even serious associations, such as YMCA also sometimes have a bit of hard time getting members to pay up their dues. It is not that people are mean — it is just that money is often hard to get, for most people at least.