Since its inception in 2009, BEO has provided young people with a project that reflects their interests. It has also helped them develop important organisational and communication skills.
BEO was started with the aim of introducing Irish music to and Irish audience and to promote the Irish language. If you are interested in putting on a BEO concert, a few simple ingredients are required; a venue (e.g. community centre, a sports hall etc.), a sound system, some young, Irish bands and (most importantly) an audience.
The first step in setting up a BEO programme is the formation of a BEO committee. The committee consists of a group of young volunteers who wish to see BEO succeed. Once a committee is formed, it is important to delegate jobs to each member that reflect their relevant strengths. Many of these roles complement skills that are developed in specific secondary school classes. Jobs include;
Director Responsible for keeping the project moving forward, meeting deadlines and ensuring all aspects of the project are synchronized (Ideal work for Business students / students with excellent communication skills)
Webpage coordinator Responsible for keeping BEO.com up to date with photos, calendars and video of recent activity (Ideal for computer class students)
Graphic Designer Responsible for all poster, flyer, T shirt design and other advertising (ideal for art class students)
Writers Responsible for writing for local news papers see link www.donegaldaily/writingtips.com (Ideal for English and Irish class)
Sales Responsible for ticket printing, sales and marketing (BEO can be funded by selling 140 ticket at €5 each) (Ideal for business class)
Facebook personnel Responsible for promoting the facebook profile of BEO and participating bands (Good communication/web skills necessary)
BEO blog Responsible for keeping a diary of all BEO activity. This could also translate to a BEO twitter account (Ideal for English and Irish clas)
Oifigeach Gaeilge Responsible for accuracy of Irish used in the promotion of BEO (Ideal for Irish class)
Photographers Responsible for keeping a photographic account of all BEO events for Facebook and webpage (Ideal for media or art students)
BEO TV Responsible for recording and editing footage of BEO, conducting interviews of bands/ fans and uploading to Youtube www.youtube/tips.com (Ideal for media and computer students)
Statistics Responsible for gathering statistical information related to BEO events. These statistics can be used to better plan upcoming BEO events using good questioning. See www.surveymonkey.com. (Ideal for students with an interest in maths or business)
Construction Responsible for ensuring the stage area is in order. Keep in mind that a venue will always need a little work on the day of an event e.g bins, table for the doorman (Ideal for students familiar with musical equipment)
Welcome committee Responsible for meeting visiting youth groups, bands and other guests. Prepare refreshments for group leaders and bands after a long journey and organise a tuck shop (Ideal for students who took part in mini-company)
This list is nowhere near complete and serves only as a rough guideline. BEO can draw on skills learned in almost every class in secondary school. It possible to run a BEO event with only a few of the above personnel, however, the more people that are involved , the greater the overall experience.
As the BEO webpage develops further information will be available with regards to hosting a BEO event.
Please forward any suggestions or queries to the BEO contacts.