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At the heart of English folk
Talent Development

Seed Funding

The EFDSS Creative Seed Funding is an award of £750 given to three artists/groups of artists who wish to explore new creative ideas in the genre of English folk music.

Our current bursaries for 2017 have been awarded to:

  • Emily Mae Winters to research, record and tour new songs dealing with modern sociopolitical issues including the movement of people, feminism, fake news, global warming, war and social media
  • Heg Brignall (Heg & The Wolf Chorus) to research new material based on modern day myths or myths and legends that have found their way back into our culture, leading to a single/EP release and finished studio album in 2018
  • India Electric Company to research, write, record and release the second in a series of releases for 2017 with the theme of country and the city on a six track EP/album.


The award is aimed at artists in the early stages of their professional career and for whom this support will to enable them to undertake a creative exploration that will help foster their career develop as a professional folk musician working in the English folk idiom.

The deadline for applications has now passed. 
Current bursaries to be completed by Wednesday 28 February 2018
The next application process will be held in April 2018

EFDSS is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner and is funded by Arts Council England.



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