How can I advertise on a Grafton slide?
You may design your own slide, or UPB can design a slide for you for $5/hour. All slides and corresponding paperwork must be turned into UPB by the Monday before the week you would like it to run. Request forms and design specifications are available on our website at http://upb.jmu.edu.
How can I get involved with UPB?
Visit us at Student Organization Night, come by our office in Taylor 324, talk to an executive council member, call the UPB office at 568.6217, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I give feedback or suggestions about future UPB events?
We would love to hear your thoughts on events and activities you want to see on campus. You can share your ideas by emailing email@example.com, contacting an executive council member, by calling (540) 568-6217, or stopping by the UPB office in Taylor 234.
How does UPB fund the events brought to campus?
UPB is a Front-End Budgeted (FEB) organization, which means that we receive half of our operating budget from student fees allocated by your Student Government Association. The other half of our budget is generated throughout the year from ticket sales for concerts and movies.
How does UPB select the concerts that come to campus?
Concerts are selected based on campus-wide student surveys, trends in the music industry and availability of artist and venue. After receiving survey responses, UPB looks at cost and availability of top chosen artists.
How is UPB connected to the University?
UPB operates and is advised under Student Activities & Involvement. Although we are student-run, we work very closely with professional and graduate staff through this JMU office.
How much do movies cost?
Movie tickets are free for JMU Students and Staff with a valid JACard. Tickets cost $3 for the Public.
Popcorn is also available for $1 each.
How often are movies shown?
UPB shows 2 blockbuster movies every Wednesday through Saturday night at 7pm and 9:30pm. Occasionally, UPB shows additional matinee movies on Sundays, midnight movies or times will vary based on the length of the movie.
I like going to the free sneak movie previews, but I have to wait in line forever and still might not get in. Why doesn’t UPB just hand out the amount of passes that Grafton can hold?
The studio wants the most exposure to the sneak, therefore they send us more tickets than the venue holds to create excitement toward the pre-released movie. UPB needs to give out more passes than Grafton’s capacity, because some students may pick up passes but will not end up going to the sneak. For example, UPB handed out 1200 passes for the sneak preview of Disturbia, and 583 students came to the event. Had UPB not distributed all 1200 passes, even less students would have come to the event.
Other schools have concerts like Kanye West and Rascal Flatts on campus. Why doesn’t JMU?
There are several different reasons why other schools bring more prominent artists. Many programming boards operate on a larger budget. Also, many schools run concerts through a contracted venue, which actually brings the artists instead of the school. In addition, larger acts would mean higher ticket prices. On average, Convo shows cost around $90,000 to produce and Wilson shows cost around $35,000. If we spend $100k+ on just an artist fee, that’s a huge risk to the budget and a much higher ticket cost for you!
What does UPB do?
UPB is a student-run organization that brings a variety of entertainment and educational programs to campus. Events include bands, speakers, comedians, movies, local talent, and much more!
What events has UPB sponsored?
Passion Pit, Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Coulier, Jay Pharoah, Late Night Breakfast, Cupcake Wars, Rumble Down Under, Movie on the Lawn, Funny Freakin’ Fridays, King’s Dominion Bus Trip, Spotlight Concert Series, American Reunion sneak preview, and many more.
What is UPB’s co-sponsorship process?
Co-sponsorships are a great opportunity for organizations looking to bring a large-scale event to campus, but are unsure of what steps to take. Interested groups can apply for a UPB co-sponsorship and meet with our Vice President of Programming. UPB will then decide whether or not to support the event. If your event is approved by our executive board, you will then be matched with a programmer and committee who will help you plan, program, market, and fund your event.
Where can I find out about upcoming UPB events?
We regularly post event information on our website (http://upb.jmu.edu), our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, on bulletin boards across campus, and through advertisements in the Breeze.
Where can I purchase tickets to UPB events?
Tickets for concerts and select events can be purchased on the “University Events” tab at (www.jmutickets.com). Tickets for movies can be purchased at the Grafton Box Office.