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At the heart of English folk
Can you help to preserve folk's history?

Support us

There’s never been a better time to support folk. 

If you would like to support the next generation of folk artists, there are several ways you can help us. 

Make a donation online

You can make a donation securely online today.

Your gift will mean that more people can join in the folk arts, more folk teachers will be supported, and more artists will receive help at crucial stages in their careers. You can choose to give to a specific department using the tiles on the right, or tell us to use your help wherever the need is greatest.

Make a regular gift to the future of folk

We’re here to make sure that future generations are able to love folk as much as we do.

But we need your help.

Find out how you can help us keep folk alive for future generations. 

Every donation you make between now and August is matched by Arts Council England – so you can double your gift without having to do anything extra!  

Preserving the nation's folk treasures

Ever since Cecil Sharp House opened in 1932, our Vaughan Williams Memorial Library has looked after our folk treasures. From Cecil Sharp’s own field notebooks to William Kimber’s morris bells, not to mention books dating back to the 17th century, it is an essential resource for anyone interested in folk. 

This autumn, we’re asking for your help, to ensure that these priceless treasures remain accessible to future generations. Click here to find out how you can support us. 

Leave a legacy

Recently, thanks to the incredible generosity of supporters leaving gifts to EFDSS in their wills, we have been able to create a dedicated archive space in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, install a lift in Cecil Sharp House, employ a Dance Development Manager, and much more.

Find out more about legacies


Dance Development

Help us support the development and flourishing of all forms of English folk dance across England.


National Youth Folk Ensemble

Join us in celebrating excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England.



Support the work of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.


Artists' Development

Help us provide training and development support to artists working in the folk scene at all stages of their careers.



Support our Education department, working to provide as many people as possible with high quality folk arts learning.



Help us to champion the English traditional arts as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.