Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


BlueBoxt is a voluntary community group offering creative and performing arts opportunities for young people across Wensleydale, Richmondshire (North Yorkshire) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We aim to develop social cohesion and wellbeing through the advancement of the arts, culture and heritage within the local community and wider area. Our activities offer structure and flexibility ensuring a continuing programme of individual and group development. Young people are involved in the planning and running of the organisation learning essential life, leadership and employability skills. Volunteers offer mentoring, coaching and information, through sign posting and collaborative working with other agencies offering training and employment opportunities. Young people can also access our community equipment bank (instruments, sound and lighting).
Our current activities include;
> The Musical Theatre Project: Regular workshops for 11 to 19 years old offering performance skills, ensemble opportunities in a range of genres from pop/ rock/ swing and musical theatre. Sessions take place out of school and include opportunities to perform and showcase talent in a range of settings.
> Get Musical: Introductory music workshops for 6 -11 years old. Sessions focus on group music making exploring rhythm through percussion and voice. Sessions are delivered within schools and after/ out of school provision. These projects form part of the NYMAZ ‘Fund C’ project delivery across North Yorkshire part funded by the National Federation for Youth Music (60% funded with the group finding 40% match-funding).
> Emerging Artists Series: Launched in March 2016, we offer mentoring support to young people to develop and grow their audience base and industry connections. This includes access to specialists donating their time to offer support and opportunities to perform and showcase their work. These performances are often the first-time participants have been the ‘headline’ act and presented a whole evening’s entertainment.
> In Concert: Now in its fourth year, a cross generational initiative involving professional and community musicians from Wensleydale and Swaledale. Young people involved experience the process from start to finish from initial ideas > planning > song selection > rehearsal > marketing > staging > lighting > sound > wardrobe > movement > technical and performances. As part of the process individuals create their own biography for use in media, web pages and printed programmes etc. This will stay with them and evolve alongside their career. (In-kind/ Full cost recovery model. Proceeds support match funding and core costs)

Activities are designed to complement traditional offers such as choral, orchestras and brass bands providing access and signposting for players who may benefit from taking part in high quality music making experiences across a range of styles. We work closely with a number of arts and youth based organisations such as Wensleydale Music and Theatre Group, Richmond Jazz Festival, Wensleydale's Got Talent, North Yorkshire Youth, North Yorkshire Music Hub and Making Music. We have around 40 regular participants and volunteers from 06 to over 70 years old. This includes graduates who continue to lead sessions and perform with the various initiatives. We entertain audiences of around 2,000 per year in village halls, community centres and professional venues. Audiences enjoy being part of the young people’s creative journeys and celebrating their achievements in their local communities.

We need to raise £6,000p.a. to support our core running costs and match funding. A further £4,000 will allow us to significantly expand our delivery and support more young people. We are seeking a further £10,000 to offer dedicated support for young people to study the Arts Award Qualification. With your support we can make a lasting difference offering young people a pathway to a creative industries career.

BlueBoxt Productions

When you witness a young person thriving, 'lost' in the moment, performing in a West End stage production, school assembly, on TV or achieving a scholarship to further their studies, you can’t help but be proud of the small part you have played giving them the confidence to create their own destiny.

Location: Leyburn