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My first ten years I taught in inner-city Baltimore, MD. My budget was $60.00 a year. Besides fund raisers, when I was asked to perform for private events I asked the sponsors of the events to contribute an honorarium to my program (it was legal in my district). I also found creative ways to partner and provide services in kind to others. Simply, that means when we played for businesses they helped us in non-monetary ways. Think outside of the box. Solicit donations of funds, services or materials that meet your district’s rules. I had former students contribute services and materials. They helped with equipment repairs, etc. The community shared in our success and took ownership of our program. I devoted an entire chapter of my book about organizing parents, former students and the community members to help financially strapped programs and how to develop a budget. You may contact me directly at email@example.com if you want to brainstorm.