Do you like a challenge?
We recently saw a Facebook post from an Australian retailer, Engadine Music, advertising a Guinness World Record attempt for the Longest Guitar Playing Marathon, happening live in their shop.
A local customer named Scott Burford had a crack at the world record, and managed to strum his acoustic guitar non-stop for an insane 125 hours.
The 49-year-old started his first song at midday on Sunday, 15th July and played his final on Friday afternoon, 20th July.
Here’s a clip of Scott and the crew playing at 1am on the Friday:
Engadine Music invited along their customers and the local public to watch, and had organised for other musicians to make appearances throughout the event. What a great way to get people through the door!
In a facebook post after the event, they said: “It was an amazing communal event built around the entire record attempt, with music providing the catalyst for it all. As the music was played we witnessed lots of smiles and laughter, dancing, and silliness; new friendships being formed and old friendships being reaffirmed and strengthened.”
All of this madness of course had a goal; they were raising money for Musicians Making A Difference Inc – an Australian charity that exists to change young lives through music.
So, this got us thinking…
Are there any UK shops out there that want to work with us to beat the current World Records for instrument playing marathons?
The Music for All Charity believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music, we support everybody from disadvantaged young people blossoming at school through to older adults discovering music, sometimes for the first time, much later on in life. We also make grants available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations.
Whatever the instrument, it could be a fantastic opportunity to support the charity, work with musicians in your community, invite the public in, get some great local PR – and of course get your business in the Guinness World Record book!
If you have any other ideas for fundraising events that help promote your shop, we’d love to hear about them.
Let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org – looking forward to hearing from you!