Time to Sing

Time to Sing courses (also known as Learn to Sing or Come and Sing) are a great way to recruit new members to your club. This is a tried-and-tested format which has been successfully delivered by BABS clubs across the country over many years.

BABS is offering funding to registered clubs for the purpose of running recruitment events in the “Time to Sing” format.

What does the support include?

  • A £100 grant payment
  • A free leaflet design, and the first 1000 printed leaflets free
  • A good rate on additional leaflet printing

Which clubs are eligible?

All clubs are eligible to apply, but we will be prioritising applications from clubs who have not received a Time to Sing grant in recent years.

What format does the course need to take?

We’re fairly flexible, but most courses run over 4-6 weeks on a chorus night, are free for attendees, and involve introducing participants to the barbershop style through craft sessions. It’s common for participants to learn a simple song with the chorus.

Many clubs also organise a performance of some kind at the end of the course to celebrate the participants.

A detailed guide on running a Time to Sing course can be found here.

What will be expected of my club if our application is successful?

We ask any clubs receiving a Time to Sing grant to provide:

  • A short article for Harmony Express magazine
  • Information on how successful the course was in terms of participation and recruitment
  • Insights on what marketing/PR strategies were successful, to help other clubs with their efforts

How do I apply?

The application form can be found here. Applications will be considered at each BABS Board meeting, the schedule for which can be found here. Please ensure you submit your application with plenty of time before the course starts, especially if you're ordering leaflets.