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At the heart of English folk

Artists' development

Fostering creativity

"The English Folk Song and Dance Society has a fantastic reputation for supporting emerging artists and encouraging artist collaboration and so being able to affiliate an album project with the organisation helped greatly".

Emily Mae Winters, Seed Funding Bursary holder 2017/18

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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 is currently supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians UK. This 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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"We wouldn't have been able to afford this album without the bursary. This project has been in the pipeline for a number of years, but we have never had the financial backing to create this work to its best potential. Thanks to the bursary, we have been able to take time from gigging to properly develop material and had enough money to produce a high quality product".

Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss Creative Bursary holders 2017/18


We are a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner

English Folk Expo

English Folk Expo

The most important showcase to sell English folk nationally and internationally


Associate Company

Polly Paulusma

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