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I had a call yesterday for an organization looking for some entertainment. It's a state-run thing, part of the Corps of Engineers. Said they needed something "non-profit". I asked if he meant "free entertainment", and he said yes. I just thanked him for calling and said that if they come up with a budget, please call me. I was NOT rude, and he knows what I do, he's hired me for 2 different birthday events for his children (might've been grandkids). He said it would be a great chance to get my name out there. Yeah, that'll pay the bills.

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I offer a standard 10% discount to any charity, no questions. If that's not enough, I MAY consider the gig, if it fits these criteria:
The charity must be involved with helping kids, no other charitable causes are ever considered for a further discount.
The timings must allow me to work another gig the same day, if at a weekend.
There must be additional benefits to me, such as free advertising in the programme, TV or radio coverage, or a large and fairly local audience, to whom I can distribute hundreds of "crew cards".
For those who have NO money to offer, or very little, I suggest they contact the local branch of the Magic Circle, who have many amateurs desperate for gigs!
Having said that, I have volunteered for one local charity "We Play Too" - I approached them, and offered FREE shows. Why? Because the charity aims to provide playground swings, roundabouts, etc, for disabled kids, and I feel it's a very worthy cause.
The first playground will be built in my local (very beautiful) park. I roller blade through it most every day. The park has a strong pirate theme, with pirate boats, a pirate island, pirate train, and lots more. All the staff at the park know me, and I've done a couple of pirate shows in the park, they were fantastically received.
Of course, it's not all altruistic - I hope that giving free shows for the charity will increase public awareness of Potty the Pirate, as well as the charity.
I recently had one of these enquiries, asking if I could work a30-minute show - for peanuts. But the hirer planned to try to get about SIX entertainers with this arrangement. I naturally suggested that they pay ONE entertainer a normal fee, instead of trying to have all these performers working a few minutes for a tiny fee!
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Harris Deutsch
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Sponsors are wonderful "things"/people/business".

(into the show and the business)
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Eternal Order
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I understand them asking. Unless it's for a group that I'm affiliated with, such as my kid's school, I simply don't do them.

I usually tell them to call cub scout troops and that there are usually some little kids that would be willing to do a free show or maybe a dad. Hand Crafted Magic
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