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Would you like to see "The Drive to Sing" in your community? This page tells how. Just tap a question below.
Is it available for streaming?
Yes, starting in June 2023, The Drive to Sing is available for streaming. See our home page for more information.
Streaming a film at home is convenient. But watching it in person with a group is more meaningful than watching it alone. The film has sparked many valuable discussions about resilience, community, and healing. Let's show it in person, in as many places as we can.
I'd like to see The Drive to Sing in my community. How can I help?
Thank you for your interest! We want to help show this uplifting film in as many places as possible.
This page helps you select a venue in your area and ask them to show it. Public libraries are the easiest to work with. Churches, senior centers, and schools are good choices too, with a bit more effort.
If you have any questions or suggestions, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I ask a public library to show The Drive to Sing? (It's easy.)
Just call your local public library and say something like this:
How can I write to the library instead?
You can find a library's website with a Google search. Almost all of them have a "Contact Us" section that provides an email address or comment form. You can use this example text if you like. If you're sending an email, you can CC email@example.com so that we can help with any followup questions.
Which kind of venue would work best?
So far, the best venues for The Drive to Sing are public libraries, churches, senior centers, and schools.
Of these, the simplest to contact is... libraries!
Public libraries are great venues for a number of reasons:
They frequently show films to the community for free admission.
They have an event calendar and publicize events to their community.
We've found librarians to be very friendly, and easy to reach during business hours. So it can be as simple as "just ask" and they can do the rest.
Churches and schools can be great venues too, but it takes more time and effort to organize an event. It works best if you have a connection to the music director or music department already. See below for more details.
Senior centers or assisted living centers can be good venues too. Just call them and ask for the activity director, and suggest it. Sometimes they will make the event open to the public, and other times they may prefer to have it only for residents.
Movie theaters are usually too expensive.
If you have suggestions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I organize a public screening at a local church or school?
A church or school is a natural place to show a film that's all about choirs! Some choirs enjoy watching the documentary together as a team-building event.
Most churches have space available for rent and equipment to show a film, but someone needs to "organize" the event (perhaps you). Contact the church office to find an available day/time. You may need to sign a rental agreement and pay a rental fee, unless a congregation or staff member is organizing it. Maybe you can interest the music director...but they may not have time to take on a new project. On the day of the screening, the organizer needs to bring a laptop and plug it into the A/V system.
Setting up an event at a school is similar. Ask someone in the music department if they can show the film as part of a film or performance series. If a teacher/professor wants it to happen, the arrangements are a lot easier. Or you can contact the main office and ask how to rent a space and show a film. Many different groups share the school facilities, so there will likely be an application/approval process and rental fee for the space.
Please keep in mind that public screenings of The Drive to Sing must be FREE admission. You may ask for donations.
Once you have a venue in mind, the "Host a screening" section below has more details.
Why not a movie theater?
Everyone thinks of films showing in a movie theater. They have high quality projectors and sound system, comfy seats and popcorn.
But here's the thing. The Drive to Sing's music license agreements do not allow us to charge admission.
Movie theaters in large cities cost between $300 and $3000 to rent, and we(you) can't sell tickets to cover the cost. For a special occasion, maybe someone could write a grant to pay for the theater rental, or find a theater that is very inexpensive? But usually, showing the documentary in a regular theater does not make financial sense.
This is why we're recommending libraries, churches, and schools (above).
I'm a teacher. Can I show it in my classroom?
Sure. Just email us, and we'll send you a temporary link.
Kathryn taught elementary music and chorus for many years, and she believes the film will be motivational for choir students (and their teachers). It shows the importance of live music and community, and shows what lengths people were willing to go to during the pandemic, in order to make harmony again.
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Can we show the documentary at a choir convention/festival?
Absolutely! We would love to show "The Drive to Sing" at more music festivals and conventions.
If you know of one, please introduce us to the appropriate people, or let us know how/when to apply.
Just email us at email@example.com.
Host a screening
This section is for librarians, church or school staff, or anyone who wants to organize a screening at their venue.