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At the heart of English folk
Artist bursaries

Artist bursaries for 2017/18 now open for applications

Artists at any stage of their career are invited to apply for funding to pursue a creative project, as part of our Artists’ Development programme.

Last year’s round of funding saw the creation of the innovative multimedia show that was the Theatre Ballads, a remarkable production from Horse + Bamboo Theatre which went on to tour several notable venues across the country. Seed funding was also provided to musicians Kirsty Merryn, Germa Adan and Kitty MacFarlane to create new work based on a variety of chosen themes.

“These funding programmes offer an exciting opportunity to creative artists and emerging folk musicians who may be looking to develop a creative idea or take a major step forward in developing their own career.

“As well as the financial support, successful applicants gain access to a wealth of advice and support from within EFDSS. We are always inundated with high quality applications and we’re look forward to hearing for people who have interested ideas they wish to develop.”

Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive and Artistic Director

Creative Seed Funding

Seed funding recipients 2016/17. L-R: Kirsty Merryn, Germa Adan, Kitty MacFarlane.

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

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.

Find out more and apply

Creative Bursaries

Horse + Bamboo Theatre received funding to develop the Theatre Ballads.
Back L-R: John Kirkpatrick, Kate Locksley, Bryony Griffith. Front: Gretchen Maynard-Hahn, Ailsa Dalling.

The Creative Bursary scheme is open to established artists who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point with the ability to create a touring show.

Find out more and apply



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