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At the heart of English folk
Individual membership

Individual membership

Why join EFDSS?

As an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) member, you will be one of our greatest advocates, helping us to carry on our mission of preserving and promoting the very best of English traditional folk arts. Your support also provides vital income that allows us to continue our work all over the country, in areas such as artist development and education.

Members’ benefits include:

  • Free and unlimited access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and all its archives
  • A full-colour quarterly magazine, English Dance & Song, providing news and reviews of what’s hot in the folk arts sector
  • Folk Music Journal, our annual academic journal, highly valued by universities and libraries across the world
  • Limited public liability insurance cover


We have nearly 4,000 members, based around the world, and during the past six years their support has helped us become one of most dynamic arts organisations in England. We have dramatically increased activities around learning, performance and artist support, and have developed Cecil Sharp House into a vibrant and creative arts centre.


How much does membership cost?

Standard membership

Individual     £48
Joint       £73
Student** £22

Concessionary membership (over 65s#)

Individual     £33
Joint        £48
Life        £437
Joint life+    £621

Young person’s membership (under 18s#)

Individual      £22


# You will need to provide your date of birth, upon application
+ One member must be over 65 years old
** You will need to provide a photocopy of your student ID card, upon application

Join us and be a part of the journey

You can join now via the Folkshop, or download a PDF form to complete and post to us.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7241 8956 for more information on membership.



The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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Shape the Future: support Cecil Sharp House. Please consider making a contribution today. Any gift, large or small, really will make a difference.