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At the heart of English folk
Individual membership

Individual membership

Why join EFDSS?

As an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) member, you will be one of our greatest advocates, helping us to carry on our mission of preserving and promoting the very best of English traditional folk arts. Your support also provides vital income that allows us to continue our work all over the country, in areas such as artist development and education.

Members’ benefits include:

  • A full-colour quarterly magazine, English Dance & Song, providing news and reviews of what’s hot in the folk arts sector
  • Folk Music Journal, our annual academic journal, highly valued by universities and libraries across the world
  • Limited public liability insurance cover for folk activities / events involving up to 500 people, with a liability of up to £5 million

In recent years the support of our members has helped us to become one of most dynamic arts organisations in England: we have dramatically increased activities around learning, performance and artist support, and have developed Cecil Sharp House into a vibrant and creative arts centre.


How much does membership cost?

Standard membership

Individual     £48
Joint       £73
Student** £22

Concessionary membership (over 65s#)

Individual     £33
Joint        £48
Life        £437
Joint life+    £621

Young person’s membership (under 18s#)

Individual      £22


# You will need to provide your date of birth, upon application
+ One member must be over 65 years old
** You will need to provide a photocopy of your student ID card, upon application

Join us and be a part of the journey

You can join now online – or download a Word form or PDF form to complete and post to us.

Gift Aid: EFDSS can claim Gift Aid on personal membership fees. If you pay any UK income tax – for example on a salary, investments, savings or a pension – you can make a Gift Aid declaration. It costs you nothing, and it means that your membership payment will be worth an extra 25% to EFDSS. Please consider completing a Gift Aid declaration form.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7241 8956 for more information on membership.


National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


Donate now

There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!