The English Folk Dance and Song Society is delighted to be embarking on the development of a national youth folk music ensemble, with funding from Arts Council England as part of our National Portfolio Organisation funding agreement 2015 – 2018.
With young people at the heart of the programme, the ensemble will be an opportunity to build on the work of existing folk groups from across the country and collaborate with organisations to create a national collective of talented young folk musicians. You can find more information about our plans here.
To help with planning and development for the new ensemble, and associated engagement programme, we are currently working with Sound Connections on an audit of youth folk music provision across England.
Everyone involved in running youth folk music activities outside of the school curriculum - groups, ensembles, bands, courses and projects - in England is warmly invited to complete this online survey.
We’d also love to hear from people who aren’t currently running youth folk music activities but have done so in the recent past or plan to do so in the near future – as well as from people running activities where folk music forms part of the offer.
The survey is now live and will close on 20 March 2015.
A report summarising findings from the survey will be freely available from the EFDSS website in May 2015.
"We hope that the mapping exercise will give a comprehensive, informative and much-needed picture of the level and nature of folk music-making activities by, for and with young people in this country. The more people tell us about their work, the more useful the findings will be – for us, for the folk music sector, and for the wider music education community!"
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director
For more information about other aspects of our growing work with young people please visit our Youth page.