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At the heart of English folk

Creative Bursaries

The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 6th year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music. This programme provides artists with an opportunity to undertake creative exploration without the pressure of a final product.

The Award Offers

Every residency is unique with each artist needing a slightly different mix of the below, or even something not listed. The residency aims to support you to explore and create new work, and your application should reflect what you need to do achieve this.

  • a bursary of up to £2,000, to cover costs and expenses
  • research facilities at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library,
  • and up to five days of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House to an individual, existing band, or new cohort of artists wishing to undertake research and development into a creative exploration of English folk music

Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to ALL artists from ALL genres

The award is aimed at artists with a track-record as a professional creative artist (new and emerging artists should refer to the Seed Fund Bursaries). We encourage applications from all artists, at any stage of their career, from any art form or genre who wish to explore creative new work that is rooted in the English traditional folk arts.

When do I need to start/complete the residency?

All creative residencies must be started and completed between 1 September and 28 February the following year. Some artists have taken six months to think and then produce their work, and others spend a week working solely on one thing.

The Creative Bursary and Residency Programme has been awarded to the following artists for 2018:

Rowan Rheingans
Ben Walker Rob Harbron  
Ian Stephenson
Stick in the Wheel

Applications are now closed

The application process for 2019 will begin in April; please look out for further details and/or join our artists’ mailing list to receive details of this scheme and other funding and performance opportunities. (link to mailing list sign up)

For more information please visit our news page.


Image credit: Rowan Rheingans, Creative Bursary 2018 (Stokeparker)



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