While there are plenty of big-name entertainers like Ariana Grande, Ellen Degeneres, and Ed Sheeran who earn millions, ranked on Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, the reality is those making the big bucks by performing are few and far between. Even for some of the most talented, it can be a major challenge just to make a living. But making sure they have a roof over their head isn’t the only reason you should support them – there are many benefits to you individually and to your local community.
Local Entertainers are More Affordable
How much did you pay the last time you went to a concert to see your favourite band? Some artists are charging hundreds of dollars just for one ticket. But your local entertainment is usually very budget-friendly, sometimes even free, and you’ll still have a great time. Even when there is a charge, the money you spend is going to support the local community.
It Builds Stronger Communities
When you support your local entertainers, you’re supporting your local community, including businesses within the community, like bars, clubs, pubs, cafes and other venues. You may also be supporting photographers, screen printers, and many others involved. There may be no better way to support lots of locals all at the same time. Local entertainment can also help energize a local movement and raise money for a good cause.
It’s More Personal
A performance with local entertainers is almost always more personal. The musicians, singers, comedians or other artists might even shake your hand and get to know you one-on-one. That’s very unlikely to happen if it’s Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift. On stage, local entertainers often share their stories with more local flavour, making the show even more enjoyable to all. There’s a level of intimacy that you just can’t find at huge events attended by tens of thousands of fans. And, you can probably get very close to the stage too.
You Can Discover Something New
Going to a local show is a great way to discover something new. You might even find your new favourite band or singer, and learn they live right down the street. Most of the time, it seems we listen to the same things over and over as it’s what is most readily available, but you may find that there are all sorts of entertainment to love right in your own town.
It Encourages Others to Develop Their Talents
In many school systems around the country, budget cuts have meant cutting out arts and music programs. With fewer young people able to develop their talents through early education, there will be fewer artists to enjoy. By supporting creativity through music, the arts, and all sorts of entertainment in your local community and helping it to grow, you’re not only showing the school system how much it matters, but you may also be encouraging more budding talent. Telling your community that local entertainers are worth supporting, tells those who want to develop their creative skills that it’s worth the pursuit.