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At the heart of English folk
Talent Development

Seed Funding

The EFDSS Creative Seed Funding is an award of £750 to be given to new and emerging artists/groups of artists who wish to explore new creative ideas in the genre of English folk music. There are at least three awards to be made. 

Application Critieria

Applicants should be in the early stages of their professional development who consider themselves professional musicians or are on the path to a professional music career within English folk music.

Applicants must have a genuine desire and commitment to building a professional career in English folk music and can be solo artists, collaborations or groups of any size.

Creative Seed Funding has been awarded to the following artists for 2018:

Nicola Beazley (far left)
Louise Jordan
Grace Smith

Thom Ashworth (far right)

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.

For more information please visit our news page.

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


Image credits: Nicola Beazley (Russ Bishop), Louise Jordan (Jason Warner), Grace Smith (Georgia Claire Photography), Thom Ashworth (Jaime Ashworth), Seed Fund 2018

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