In memory of Alan James, the former Chair of EFDSS, who died suddenly in April, we are re-naming our creative bursaries programme and are offering 3 bursaries for 2019/20.
The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its seventh 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.
In the spirit of Alan James’ eclectic musical tastes and his ability to foster exciting artistic collaborations, we are particularly interested in receiving applications which explore English folk music in the context of cross-genre or cross-art form collaborations and explorations.
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 to achieve this.
Applications are open to ALL artists from ALL genres
The award is aimed at artists with a track-record as professional creative artists. The bursary may be used to fund e.g. artists’ fees, travel and accommodation. Artists should be seeking research and development funding rather than additional funding for an existing project. Artists will have the opportunity to informally share the outcomes of the research and development at the end of their rehearsal period to EFDSS staff and invited guests if they wish.
All creative residencies must be started and completed between July 19 and February 20 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.
Previous bursary awardees have gone on to develop their R & D work further to produce material for recording and performance, including Rowan Rheingans’ Dispatches on the Red Dress; Sam Sweeney’s Made in the Great War (show/album); Ben Nicholl’s Kings of the South Seas (show/album); Lisa Knapp’s Hunt the Hare (album); and Tom Moore and Archie Churchill Moss’ Laguna (album).
Applications for 2019 are now open.
Closing date for applications
Sunday 16 June 2019
Monday 1 July 2019
Bursaries to be completed by
28 February 2020
Completed applications should be returned to:
For more information please contact:
Application form (PDF) Application form (Word doc) Guidelines
Image credit: Rowan Rheingans, Creative Bursary 2018 (Stokeparker)