Support Dorset's young people to make music

by B Sharp in Lyme Regis, England, United Kingdom

£6,005

raised of £8,000 stretch target

40

supporters
75% 1 day left
This project will only be funded if at least £6,000 is pledged by December 10th 2019 at 12:08pm

To support more children and young people in Dorset to develop confidence and skills through making music together.

by B Sharp in Lyme Regis, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we were able to raise additional funding we would be able to reach more young people across Dorset, working with additional groups.


 

Children and young people love music. They love listening to it, sharing it, and making it - music is the soundtrack to their lives. Making music with others has been shown to have important benefits for young people's creativity, confidence, and social and personal skills as they move towards adulthood. 

We need your support to bring these transformative experiences to more young people across Dorset. B Sharp is a small and highly respected charity which runs friendly sessions for children and young people where they can make high quality music together. Young people who take part grow in self-esteem and develop communication skills. 

Founded in 2007, we have worked with over 6000 young people. We are a small organisation, run on a shoestring, but our work has a big impact! B Sharp is run by 1 full time, and 1 half time employee, with 8 Music Leaders, Assistant Musical Leaders and Learning and Support Assistants running sessions as freelancers. 


B Sharp needs your support to make more positive and creative opportunities available. We will:

  • Run more active and fun music sessions across Dorset – especially for children and young people who are facing particular challenges such as mental health issues
  • Provide Learning and Support Assistants to help those young people with additional needs or confidence issues
  • Support increasing numbers of young people to take on leadership roles within B Sharp – and so developing skills to help in their future lives
  • Provide young people in need with bursaries to take part, to ensure financial hardship is not a barrier 

We work with young people from age 0 - 25, both in our own groups and in preschools, schools, community groups and youth clubs. Our fantastic professional music leaders support the young people to create their own original songs and tracks. We run a traineeship programme which provides opportunities for young people to gain work experience in music leadership and transferable skills, that will help them access further education and help them in their future careers. Most especially love opportunities to perform at local events – we even have our own hugely popular annual busking festival in Lyme Regis. 


For more about the impact of our work with young people here.  

We all know that it can be tough for young people growing up in rural areas. Many report feeling isolated, and think a lack of confidence will stop them achieving career goals.

Music is vital to young people, and research consistently shows that taking part in music making improves young people’s life chances. However, young people’s access to music making is reducing—they have less opportunities for involvement within education, and fewer are learning instruments outside of school. 

Without B Sharp sessions and work with partners, many young people in the area would not have the opportunity to explore music with their peers at all. The sad fact is that B Sharp needs to do more now to help young people to make music than we did when the charity was founded in 2007.

   

Our target is £6k.

We will use this to:

* extend our reach to more children and young people

* ensure young people who attend sessions have the pastoral support they need, through having Learning and Support Assistants on hand

* extend our mentoring scheme to help young people get work experience and trainee music leadership opportunities

*Provide young people in need with bursaries to take part, to ensure financial hardship is not a barrier

The funding would be used to:

£1000 to launch a bursary scheme for young people in need

£2500 to ensure Learning and Support Assistants are able to support sessions

£2000 to run sessions with groups that support vulnerable young people

£500 to enhance our young music leader programme

If we were successful with our stretch target:

£1500 to establish longer-term opportunities with groups that support more vulnerable young people

£500 to support more vulnerable young people to access B Sharp young music leader programme

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your donation!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A thank you mention on our supporters page on the website, plus a tote bag with original design by a young artist

£25 or more

VIP ticket to B Sharp event

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, and a VIP Ticket to our next B Sharp show - Busking Festival after-party July 4th 2020

£35 or more

One to one music lesson with B Sharp

Have you ever wanted to learn a music instrument? Or fine tune your skills? The reward for a £35 donation is an individual instrumental lesson with our of our fantastic B Sharp music leaders - guitar, keyboard or voice.

£40 or more

1 term of Bridport Jams B Sharp sessions

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, and 1 term (x 12 weeks) of B Sharp young people's music sessions at Bridport Jams, Bridport Youth and Community Centre, for young people aged 7 - 18

£50 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Lovegrove Essentials Hamper

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, and a gift hamper of Lovegrove Essentials (lovegroveessentials.com) luxury facial skincare products

£60 or more

1 term of B Sharp Boombox Sessions

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, plus 1 term (x 12 weeks) of B Sharp young people's music sessions at Boombox, Lyme Regis, for young people aged 8-11.

£70 or more

1 term of B Sharp Hub Jams sessions

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, and 1 term (x 12 weeks) of B Sharp young people's music sessions at Hub Jams Lyme Regis, for young people aged 11 - 18

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Vouchers for treatments at The Ollerod

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, a B Sharp tote bag with original design by a young artist, and a gift voucher for a range of treatments at The Ollerod (https://theollerod.co.uk), Beaminster, Dorset

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dinner at Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis

Complementary dinner or lunch at Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis

£250 or more

VIP Experience at B Sharp's Busking Festival

A thank you mention on our supporters page on our website, and VIP experience at B Sharp's Busking Festival, 4th July 2020, including a drinks reception with music by young people, and an opportunity to meet B Sharp music leaders and participants.


Let's make 'Support Dorset's young people to make music' happen

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