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At the heart of English folk

Artists' development

Fostering creativity

"The EFDSS scheme was the spark – without it Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made in the Great War wouldn’t be happening."
Sam Sweeney, Creative Bursary holder 2013/14

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The Artists’ Development programme champions the development of the English folk arts by providing training and development support to artists at all stages of their careers. 

In recent years we have commissioned and supported many new works covering a broad range of music and dance.

Our work with developing artists on the Aspire Programme, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Help Musicians, has included professional development residential courses, performance development days, mentoring and more.

We are proud to be a founding and ongoing partner in the English Folk Expo (EFEx). 

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"Industry intelligence from EFDSS has been crucial in helping us match projects and ideas to potential funders, and their advocacy has raised our profile and enabled us to be seen by industry professionals."
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Aspire Artists 2014/15


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English Folk Expo

English Folk Expo

The most important showcase to sell English folk nationally and internationally

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Artists' Bursaries

EFDSS offer a range of valuable professional development opportunities for artists, including two annual bursaries.



EFDSS help to create official and private showcase opportunities for artists at key industry events, worldwide…


Musicians in Museums

An exciting creative and learning opportunity for folk artists

Theatre Ballads


Where suitable opportunities or partnerships are present themselves or are created we aim to...


Other Opportunities