20.12.13 Skipton Building Society's Big 160 - We Won!
Young People’s Live Performance Groups
Blue Boxt Productions started life as A Youth Theatre group when I was in my school sixth form (over twenty years ago now!). The group stayed with me and developed in to a voluntary community group to support young people develop their skills in the performing arts.
The current phase of the project launched in 2009 and came about by a group of young people seeking support to set up a rock band. Though those founder members have moved onto to higher education their request hasn't and we continue to enthuse and support young people in their music making ambitions.
A further 16 young people were supported during 2013. New participants continue to be identified and registered for 2014 sessions which is fantastic news. Once again we have young people preparing for GCSE, AS and A Level and applying to university to pursue qualifications in music and the performing arts.
This year also saw our first cohorts become graduates and start their working careers in the creative industries sector. We continue to provide information and advice on techniques and arrange live performance opportunities at local community events – Richmond Jazz Festival, Leyburn 1940s weekend, Hawes Pantomime and Christmas Festival concert being the notable performances last year.
Some participants have also successfully taken music exams passing with distinction. One individual has performed as part of the National Youth production of Whistle Down the Wind during the Summer and gone on to be selected out of 900 applicants to perform as part of Shakespeare’s Globe Young Players.
We have links with various Secondary and Primary schools such as, Richmond, SFX, Kirkby Stephen and Wensleydale schools and we watch with interest to see how these partnerships will unfold.
We have strengthened our network partnerships and are now part of the North Yorkshire Music Hub led by North Yorkshire Music Services. In addition to North Yorkshire Youth and Making Music we were accepted to join NYMAZ (North Yorkshire Music Action Zone) and have leaders applying for support to develop their own skills through mentoring and coaching.
We launched our appeal to replenish our music stands. In addition to the LVA, The Dales Festival of Food and Drink and Upper Wensleydale Newsletter have pledged their support. We are delighted that we were chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Skipton Building Societies Big 160 Grassroots giving initiative. Asa small rural area in North Yorkshire we were shortlisted with larger organisations across the North East! A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.
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Young People’s Live Performance Groups Awarded £500 thanks to our supporters who voted for us - A HUGE THANK YOU.
We launched our appeal to replenish our music stands. In addition to the LVA, The Dales Festival of Food and Drink and Upper Wensleydale Newsletter have pledged their support. We are delighted that we were chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Skipton Building Societies Big 160 Grassroots giving initiative. As a small rural area in North Yorkshire we were shortlisted with larger organisations across the North East! A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.
Small-scale arts group set to expand after £500 boost
1:44pm Monday 23rd December 2013
By Ashley Barnard
A Dales community arts group is set to expand after a £500 boost. Leyburn-based Blueboxt Productions is celebrating after discovering it was a winner in Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving initiative, beating off competition from nearly 1,000 other applicants across the country.
After being shortlisted in the campaign by the building society, the group’s application was then in the hands of a public vote, to determine if it was to win £500 of funding. Their story was shared nationally via social media – and as a result the group secured a large enough proportion of the 20,000 votes received to be crowned a winner.
Blueboxt Productions is a community group run by five volunteers who work with children in the area, offering performing arts mentoring through activities.The group consists of 30 young members, who enjoy taking part in music performance activities, working towards an annual performance showcasing their talents.
With this donation the group is hoping to purchase new music stands that can withstand the rigors of being used constantly by the youngsters.
With more sustainable equipment, the group hopes they will be able to welcome more members.
Colin Bailey, chairman of the group, said: “We are a voluntary run group who give our time to provide young people with opportunities to play and create in a contemporary style not catered for by the traditional music and drama offer in North Yorkshire.
“Our focus is young people but we have a wide range of participants who benefit greatly from interacting across generations. We’re delighted we’ve received this funding as now we can look at getting some new equipment and bringing in some new members.”
Skipton Building Society launched its Grassroots Giving programme as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations earlier this year.
David Cutter, Skipton’s group chief executive said: “Skipton’s Grassroots Giving programme was set up to support groups who show commitment to their community.
“Typically these grassroots groups often struggle to secure vital funding due to their size.
“Hopefully they will continue to flourish and remain the jewels in the crown of their local communities.”
As part of its Grassroots Giving initiative, Skipton Building Society has also launched a series of free resources covering a range of key areas for community groups, available at skiptonbig160.co.uk/free-resources.