Save the date for Playathon 2018:

Sunday, December 9


Playathon 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-4:00PM

Roshek Building

Playathon is a multi-hour public recital presented by the Northeast Iowa School of Music's talented students. This year the event will again be in the historic Roshek Building during the beautiful and festive “A Roshek Holiday.”

Important Note: For those who choose to participate in the fundraiser, 50% of your fundraising will go towards your 3rd trimester tuition and 50% will go to help others get lessons at Northeast Iowa School of Music.


TOP EARNERS have a great variety of PRIZES to choose from! These include:

  • $50 savings bond from US Bank
  • A One Night Stay and Waterpark Passes for 4 at Grand Harbor
  • $20 Gift Certificates to Caroline's and Vinny Vanucchi's Resturants
  • Heritage Center Family 4-Pack Tickets to:
          Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
          Stuart Little
          The Magic School Bus
  • And more!

THANK YOU to all our prize donors!

It’s Simple to Participate!

  • Watch for Playathon info coming home from lessons!
  • Speak with friends, neighbors, relatives, the orthodontist, your mechanic, etc. to collect sponsorships.
  • Practice!
  • Have your teacher sign you up for a performance time.
  • Show off your skills at the Playathon recital December 9.
  • Claim and enjoy your prizes!

Performing at Playathon

Playathon is during "A Roshek Holiday" in Dubuque’s Roshek Building, located at 700 Locust Street. It’s a great chance for the community to celebrate the season and for you to show off your accomplishment!

Talk with your teacher about what to prepare for the performance and to sign up for a recital time as the event approaches. You can select any piece that you have performance-ready. If your pieces are short (less than a minute), pick two or three! Holiday tunes are great, but any genre is welcome. 

Bring your cheering section! Invite your family, and friends to hear you perform. The recital is free and open to everyone. Be sure to invite anyone who sponsors you!

Remember that with a multi-hour recital, people will be coming and going throughout the event. Be prepared for background noise and activity. On the day of the recital, please arrive well before your performance time to allow for parking and to get you and your instrument ready to do your best.

If you are unable to play at the recital, you can still raise funds to earn prizes.

Submitting Donations & Paperwork

If you choose to participate in the fundraiser, turn your sponsor sheet and the contributions in to our music school office.


Tips for Speaking to Possible Donors

1. Carry a pen and sponsor sheet.

2. Introduce yourself, and tell them about your lessons at Northeast Iowa School of Music.

3. Tell the potential contributor that our music school is a nonprofit organization, and that all donations are tax deductible.

4. Invite the potential contributor to attend Playathon on December 9 at the Roshek  Building from 2:00-4:00pm. If you know what time you will be performing, tell them that, too!

5. Fill out the sponsor sheet: Ask contributors to print their name and information. Northeast Iowa School of Music will mail a receipt to the name and address listed, so they should include complete information.

6. Collect the money when you solicit sponsorships (checks, cash, or online donations are accepted). Those sponsoring multiple students in the same family can write one check; make checks payable to Northeast Iowa School of Music. 

7. Reach more donors through social media! Share information about Playathon on Facebook, Twitter or though email to reach more donors. Share this link or direct donors to the donate button on Northeast Iowa School of Music's Facebook page. For online donations, have donors put your name - Playathon, in the memo line so you can get credit.

8. Thank your contributors for their support and again invite them to attend Playathon or any of our other events this year.


Another Way to Help

Be a Playathon Helper Elf

On the day of Playathon (December 9) we need extra hands to help with setup and teardown, taking pictures, greeting audience members, prize drawings, the treat table and spreading holiday cheer! If you are available to help, sign up for a volunteer time on the student bulletin board or contact our office. Volunteers should be parents or other adult family members or students age 12 and older.

More Ways to Have Fun at Playathon

Treats! - Refreshments and cookies will be available throughout the entire Playathon performance! If you want to bring a treat, please sign up on the cookie sign-up sheet on the student bulletin board, or contact our office. Donations of paper cups, napkins, or hot chocolate are also welcome.

Festive Atmosphere! - The Roshek building holds its annual "Roshek Holiday" during this time every year. Take some time to walk around and view the beautiful and festive decorations, all in support of local non-profits!

Wonderful Performances! - Support your fellow students by being audience members and cheering them on in their Playathon performances!

Kids' Activities! - Activity sheets will be available for students and siblings to complete at the Playathon performance.

Thank you for your support of Northeast Iowa School of Music!


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