I was hoping to get some ideas from you guys that we maybe haven’t thought of. My boyfriend and his buddy have a show (drinkinginthemorning.com) that’s got a lot of local fans, and has spread to a few non-local places. (For some reason there’s a high school in Nova Scotia that’s all about us.) It’s popular among a lot of people, folks are talking about it, etc. So, the question is, how does it make money? (Just to pay for itself, even?)
We’ve started to approach people for sponsorships. Obviously alcohol is the easy way to go - we’re going to try to contact Firefly Vodka, because they’re the only distillery in South Carolina and have a bit of an edgier branding. Local bars, too - we had a live show at one of them. Also, they’re going to take the show on the road and tour a little in the region - but you can’t really charge that much per head, and bars tend to operate on the “band” paradigm where they don’t share profits or anything. Thing is, they really ought to, as for at least this past live show they were open when they wouldn’t normally have been and they made fucktons of money off of the crowd. Probably not going to happen, though.
So, merchandise - t-shirts sold fast when they were new, but not now that everybody who wants one has one. I’m going to be crocheting mustaches (with certificate of authencitiy!) and little crocheted stuffed Aarons and Grants, but we don’t know if those will sell and even if they do it’s not like I could personally keep up with a big demand. Drinking-related paraphernalia would sell (steins, shot glasses, flasks) but requires an initial uncertain investment. And we have no money, keep in mind. If you have to spend money to make money, we are pre-fucked.
So, are there some avenues to funding we haven’t considered? Creative ideas?