The button below is for young musicians who already had an audition and were accepted, and for returning members!

Practice-a-Thon 2017-2018

You may honor your Practice-a-Thon pledge using PayPal or credit card by clicking on the button below.
Thank you for your support to BYO!

What is Practice-A-Thon?

Practice-A-Thon is BYO’s most important fundraising event of the year! It serves three purposes:

  1. It keeps BYO’s tuition low;
  2. It helps subsidize operational costs of the program including awarding of tuition scholarships.
  3. It takes our musicians to the next level, preparing them for the first concert of the season.

Last year, Practice-A-Thon produced more than 4,000 hours of practice – we could clearly see (I mean hear) the results on our Concert! 

This year, 10% of sponsorship proceeds will be donated to a charity, to be named later, for hurricane relief efforts in Houston/Florida. 

Find Sponsors

Contact your extended family - parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends, your parents’ co-workers, and anyone else you can think of—and ask them to promise to donate a certain amount for every hour you practice from September 24th until October 31st 2017 (ex: $1.00 for every hour practiced).  Sponsors can also pledge a fixed dollar amount (ex: $50 total). Calling or meeting potential sponsors in person can result in a higher likelihood of sponsorship commitment. However, you can choose to mail out the Practice-a-Thon Pledge Form letter to potential sponsors, especially if they live outside of your local area. Click on the button below for the Pledge Form: 

List your Sponsors

Make a list of all your sponsors and their pledges, to help compute your final contribution at the end of the campaign. Click on the button below for the Sponsorship List:

Keep Track of Practice Time

Starting September 24th, 2017, keep track of all your practice hours on the BYO Practice Record.  At the end of the month, total up your time in hours, and then both you and one of your parents sign the form to verify the total.

Click on the button below for the Practice-a-Thon Hour Log Sheet:

What counts as practice time? 

Practice on your BYO instrument (at home, at rehearsal, at school, etc.), practice on any other instrument that you play, any rehearsal and any lesson in which you are playing an instrument.

Collect the pledges

At the end of the 38 day period, you will compute total donations and collect the money pledged. Your sponsor form, your practice form, and the funds collected should be turned in no later than the November 11th 2017 rehearsal.

Win Prizes

There will be prizes for the top 3 musicians who generate the most donations. Prizes in the form of gift cards will also be awarded to musicians who generate sponsorship dollars at particular tiered levels (eg. Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, iTunes, etc.). Specifics to follow.

Tier 1: $50 level ($5 gift card)

Tier 2: $100 level ($10 gift card)

Tier 3: $200 level and above ($25 gift card)

Click on the button below for the prize sheet for the Practice-a-Thon: