Ways of the Bay

Artist: Billy B
Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: PreK-8
Scheduling Request

In Ways of the Bay, Billy B.’s introductory song illustrates how water running off a roof into a drain spout will eventually end up in the local watershed. All of the water from the streets that flows into storm drains or ditches also eventually flows into the closest creek or river. Through song, Billy B. emphasizes that there can be millions of people living within the watershed of a typical bay. Billy also introduces the concepts of excess algae, runoff, oxygen loss in the water, estuary, brackish water, nutrients, decomposers, and plankton. Billy ends his program by talking about a bay’s airshed, energy conservation, and how we can all help to keep the bay healthy by saving energy and planting trees.

Note: Available live online in an interactive adaptation with dynamic backdrops, for remote learning. 

Length: 45-50 Minutes
Audience Limit: 500
Curriculum Connection: Natural Science, Environment, Music

Remote Single (Live): $600

Single Show: $750

Back-To-Back: $1,275

Three-In-A-Row: $1,800

Travel Fee: $100

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.





  • One reserved parking spot 
  • Room temperature water for Billy’s singing voice 
  • One small table 
  • One 25 foot electrical extension cord
  • At least 20 feet x 20 feet of unobstructed floor or stage area 
  • If students are sitting on the floor, at least 10 feet of space should be between the first row of students and the edge of the performance area 
  • Please seat students in two groups with a middle aisle (when possible) 
  • Billy brings his own sound/PA system and the stands needed to hold up his backdrop
  • It would be very helpful to have a knowledgeable person on hand who would know how to operate the stage lights and the location of the stage’s electrical outlets.

Audience limit: 600
Performance length: 45-50 minutes (with Q&A)
Arrival time before first performance: 1 hour
Strike time: 1 hour
Time needed between performances: 10 minutes


Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

More From Billy B

Visiting artist, available in person April 25-29, 2022. This program is available year round in its virtual format.