LYME Regis-based charity B Sharp is hoping to raise £6,000 in just one month to take music-making to even more local young people.
B Sharp has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to 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.
The cash will also support increasing numbers of young people to take on leadership roles within B Sharp, and so developing skills to help in their future lives.
There is also a plan to provide young people in need with bursaries to take part, to ensure financial hardship is not a barrier.
B Sharp is asking the local community to back the campaign by pledging money, and as an incentive great rewards are on offer including one-to-one music lessons, tickets to B Sharp events, access to a term of B Sharp Jams or Boombox sessions, and many other goodies.
B Sharp chief executive and artistic director, Ruth Cohen, said: “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.
“B Sharp is a small and highly respected charity, but it runs on a shoe-string!
“We need the support of Dorset communities to bring these transformative experiences to more young people across Dorset. Any pledge, however small will really help us reach our target.”
For full details of the B Sharp Music Crowdfunder and to make a pledge visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bsharpmusic
To find out more about B Sharp contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the B Sharp office on 07947 334138.