Do you represent a bar, restaurant, theater or other venue? Are you interested in having the United Court of Austin host a show in your venue? We’d love to! We’re sure you have a few questions.
What does it cost me to have the UCA perform in my venue?
Absolutely nothing! We’re a charitable organization, and all money raised during our shows goes directly to the community right here in Austin. We don’t charge you a cent, and we’re appreciative of the opportunity. You get free entertainment, and we raise money for charity. It’s a win-win!
What kind of venue do you need to perform?
All we really need is a space. We’re low maintenance. Of course, if your venue has a stage area, some lights, and a changing room of sorts, all the better. We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty, but a well lit performance area certainly allows us to put on a better show.
What kinds of shows do you do?
The UCA has a long history of producing drag shows, cabaret shows, and other similar entertainments. However, if you have something specific in mind, just let us know. We’ll see what we can put together for you.
So, you do everything for charity, right?
We sure do! Every cent we raise goes to local charities right here in Travis and the surrounding counties. We hold 15% in our bank account until the end of the year to cover operating expenses, and the remainder of that is also dispersed. We operate on a shoestring budget so we can give us much as possible to the community.
How do you guys make money?
Tips! It’s customary at a drag show to tip the performers while they perform. It’s a fun experience for the crowd, and it’s our primary source of income. We also usually sell raffle tickets for a few prizes, we might sell a few jello shots. We try our best to get creative to raise as much money as possible. Of course, if your business would like to make a donation, it’s certainly appreciated (though not required by any means).
Who are your beneficiaries?
Every reign, our Monarchs choose 2 primary beneficiaries for the year. This year (and every year for the past 20) our primary beneficiaries have been The Wright House Wellness Center and Project Transitions, two wonderful organizations providing health and housing services to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Do you raise money for other oraganizations?
We sure do. Over the years, we’ve given money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Texas Gay Rodeo Association, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and many others. Any organization that is a registered 501(c)3 is eligible to receive funds from our fundraising efforts. We do many shows throughout the year, and the show’s producer can choose to raise funds for any eligible organization.
What if I want to raise funds for a specific organization?
That’s fine with us! We’re glad to help. Raising money is what we do best, and we love doing it. As long as the organization you have in mind is a 501(c)3, we can produce a fundraiser for their benefit. Just let us know!
Ok, and the legal stuff.
The United Court of Austin is a registered 501(c)3 organization. We exist for the sole purpose of raising funds for other charitable organizations. When we produce a show (even for a specific beneficiary) the funds collected, in the form of cash, checks, credit cards, etc must be dispersed to the United Court of Austin. We will keep 15% in our accounts to cover our operating costs, and the remainder distributed by check to the beneficiary within 3 business days of the show date. If you’d like to hold a fundraiser for a specific organization, that’s fine with us, as long as the check is actually made out to the United Court of Austin so we can cover operating expenses. (Remember, even the remainder of that 15% is distributed to our primary beneficiaries at the end of the year. We keep nothing for ourselves, and all members and performers for the United Court of Austin are strictly volunteer.)
That’s all there is to it! If you’re interested in inviting the United Court of Austin to perform in your venue, just fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We generally like to book dates at least a month in advance to avoid conflicts, but we’re no strangers to short notice, so if you need a specific date, just let us know.