develop community & youth through performing arts
As part of our annual music festival develop opportunities to showcase both local and national talent inc a Young Acoustic Roots competition with national entry, also a "grey roots" song-writing and performing competition. Within event also create opportunities for local performers
February 2011 - November 2011
Dearne Culture Trust
Wath is an area of low employment, aspirations, few cultural opportunities and low self-esteem. The aims are to embrace the community through involvement, raise self-esteem and help in economic regeneration. It is about opening up of new cultural aspirations, experiences and skill development especially youth. This project builds on highly successful previous festivals where we expanded the educational and training base in workshops, concerts and with developing skills for children.
As part of our community festival we will work with local schools to get children involved allowing them to help and contribute via professional performing artists. We will run showcase events inc. Youth Acoustic roots competition and “grey roots singer/songwriter. We will run a series of concerts, community events, workshops involving local youngsters and others in organising the event, the project will create a new generation of artists and continue the legacy of Arts in the area
Develop youth opportunities
Activities» organsie a national Youth Acoustic roots competition with a showcase concert, the winner will perform on the main stage during the music Festival
Success will be afternoon event with at least 6 finalists playing to audience of up to 100 during event and 300 on main stage
Implement street performances by local school children during community festival
Activities» Involve local schools inc children in the planning and organising of street performances using professional artists in the period before the events
Success will be a street audience of at least 1500 people 4 local Primary schools invovled along with professional artists, schools invovled in planning beforehand
Put on 2 evening concerts for local schools to showcase the artistic talents
Activities» Work iwth local schools in organsing two evening concerts where their children can perform on a professional stage with sound and lights
Success will be all 8 local schools involved in the planning and production of 2 evening concerts with an audience of 200 each night
Develop opportunites for local singer-songwriters
Activities» Run a series of "sing-arounds" during the community festival with prizes for the best non-professional performers over 50
Success will be 2 afternoon concerts with 10 or more finalists singers performing own songs with an audience of at least 50
Stage Wath Community festival
Activities» Expand activities to run a series of events over 2 days inc. street performances, marques, dance festival, workshop; involve community in organising
Success will be a 3 day community festival involving 8 local schools in the planning, dance and music festival, 3 street performers, 4 workshops and total audience of over 2000
Changing people’s lives through opportunity to experience quality arts activities, increase involvement through workshops, active participation, developing skills and supporting local artists inc. opportunity on the main stage of a vibrant Festival with a wider audience. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of people involved, questionnaire, monitoring career of winners and working closely with local schools to track the progress of the students.
Not all schools may wish to take part, we will deal with this by widening outwards if needed schools invited.
Risk in attracting performers to competition, we will deal with this by wide publicity and developing links with other linked groups to ensure take-up
Supporters will receive monthly email report showing progress and events along with access to web- and Facebook site. Also copy of main minutes of meetings.
A summary report will be produced at the end of event. We are also happy to attend face to face meetings to report and discuss
Budget - Project Cost: £31,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £6,500 childrens street 6 prof. artists each working for 6 days in schs £5,500 venues marquee and local community hall for events £3,500 PA/lights Provision of prof sound/lights £3,000 Street performers 8 performing artists over 2 days £10,800 concertsworkshops Prof artists for main festival £1,700 admin telephone licences stamps insurance, security
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount BenBailey Homes £5,000 Guaranteed Ringways £2,000 Guaranteed Dearne trust £2,000 Guaranteed Local surgeries £1,000 Guaranteed tickets £7,000 Conditional
Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire althpoguh hoped to attract audience from South Yorkshire generally
Dearne Valley is a former coal mining community with all the pits now closed, now suffering from low self-esteem, poor health and low educational outcomes. few performing arts opportunities.
Many parts of community will benefit by experience in high quality arts. Local children and performers will have their work showcased and helped to develop their skills as well as practical experience in helping in organising major community event
We have a committee of people experienced in the Performing Arts/world music. We have run successfully Wath Festival now for some 35 years where it has grown and expanded especially over the past 6 years. We have strong network link to other local and regional providers for help, advice and support. We are members of the Association of Festival organsiers who we can go to for advice
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chair Involved in festival for 15 years, former High School Head, now Consultant with links to local schools and experience of project management
Chair of Community; local teacher has organised community aspects for 7 years. Strong local links in community
Vice Chair; Semi-professional musician; booking artists, concert management
Secretary- local self-employed professional. Venue management and admin