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At the heart of English folk

Artist bursaries for 2018/19 now open for applications

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

Last year’s round of funding saw:

Seed Funding

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

Please see Seed Funding for more information.

Creative Bursaries 

The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its sixth year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music. This programme provides artists with an opportunity to undertake creative exploration without the pressure of a final product.

Please see Creative Bursaries for more information.

Application information

For further guidelines visit our Artists' Bursaries page.

The deadlines for submitted applications are Friday 27 April 2018 for Seed Funding and Monday 30 April 2018 for Creative Bursary for residencies to be taken between September 2018 and March 2019.

Completed applications should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to Zoe Nicol, Artists’ Development Manager, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY.

The successful candidates will be announced in May 2018.

Previous Creative Bursaries Include

Folk Dance Remixed
Sam Sweeney
Josienne Clark & Ben Walker
Emily Portman
Lucy Farrell
Ange Hardy
Ben Nicholls
Laurel Swift
Darren Ellis
Jack Harris

Previous Seed Funding Include

Kirsty Merryn
Germa Adan
Kitty MacFarlane

Find out more about EFDSS’ Artist Development programme



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