About

Welcome to the B Sharp Resources website.

The purpose of this site is to signpost and give information to help young people progress their musical journey and interest.

At the moment there are 2 B Sharp resource areas:

  1. Ideas Into Action: a number of blogs giving guidelines on how to Event and Project plan. The advice should help young promoters and those wanting to explore music enterprise and innovation.
  2. Links to other websites: An information gateway with hundreds of links that may be useful when looking for jobs, training, singing, publicity and promotion, buying/selling/discovering music, what’s on, festivals, and other organisations that support music making. Lots of different topics related to music are covered. Links are organised into topics.

All links are posted in good faith. Our Internet safety guidelines should be followed when exploring them.

We hope that you find this site useful. We welcome feedback and additional information to benefit all readers.

B Sharp is a charity for young people to play music together, progress their skills and have fun doing it. Music can change lives and B Sharp hopes to play a part in that. We aim to excite and inspire children and young people through our provision of high quality music making opportunities. While playing music together, we aim to bring out the strengths in every young person and build confidence and self-esteem.

B Sharp is based in Lyme Regis, a small rural and coastal town on the south coast of England and part of the Jurassic Coast. For many reasons, it is popular to visit but opportunities for young people to come together and explore their creativity is limited. B Sharp was established in 2007 in response to young peoples’ requests for creative activities out of school. B Sharp became a charity limited by guarantee in 2012.

B Sharp organises workshops, performances, training and signposts progression routes beyond B Sharp e.g. with this resource website. Our Music Leaders are DBS checked and we have up to date policies and quality assurance systems. We have built strategic partnerships to expand opportunities for young people living in a rural region and our work contributes to the new National Music Plan. We welcome further offers of commissions, partnerships and collaborations to expand our reach, musical experiences and other opportunities for young people.

We mix ages, ability and background so that each participant can offer and be supported by each other using their different individual strengths. All our workshops are centred on making the most of what we have got, using the ideas of young people to create new music in a collaborative way – we look for the best and bring out the best in everyone individually and collectively and we have many good stories to tell.

Key to our success in engaging young people is our peer mentoring and young music leadership model. It is based on youth work and artistic excellence that creates a sense of unity, support and aspiration.

B Sharp workshops have a skill cascade pyramid structure in which young trainee workshop leaders shadow professional music leaders and in turn pass on their skills to others within B Sharp. Our Young Music Leadership programme (The Big Mix, mainly taking place in The HubLyme Regis) is aimed at developing young people’s leadership skills, with an emphasis on music teaching and peer mentoring. The resources on this site are to support and inspire this skill cascade and progression beyond B Sharp.

Words commonly used to describe B Sharp during a recent consultation process, funded by Arts Council England for our organisational development research:

Music   Access   Community   Collaboration   Enthusiasm   Performance   Talent   Creative   Inspirational   Exciting   Quality   Energy   Great brand  Strong   Fun   Inclusive   Opportunity   Enjoyment   Inspiring   Cool   Passionate   Non-judgmental   Trust   Child-centred  Aspirational 

We have a reputation for using best practice and have been funded by Youth Music (continually since 2008), Arts Council England, local authorities and numerous trusts and other grant awarding bodies. We have been commissioned to create work for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Creative Coast, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Universities South West and RELAYS, with performances at The Eden Project, Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, London 2012 Weymouth live site and numerous local venues.

B Sharp’s main website gives explanations of our current projects, who we are, our approaches to working with young people and archives of previous projects. You can also ‘like’ us on facebook and follow us on Twitter to get quick news updates and ‘things’ of music interest.

Our Young Music Leadership programme is funded by Youth MusicWest Dorset District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council. We are very grateful to have their support.

If you like what we do and want to support us, please contact us and let us know how you think you can help e.g. gifts of musical instruments for young people to take home and practice on, volunteer time to support events, organisational/artistic collaborations etc.

You can also help us with financial donations on our Local Giving web page.

B Sharp also welcomes philanthropic donations from businesses that share our values. Please talk to us if you would like to support us in this way, and about how we can acknowledge your support.

Thank you. Enjoy the site. Be Curious…

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