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At the heart of English folk

Creative Bursaries

Creative Bursary and Residency Programme

The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 6th 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.

The Award Offers

Every residency is unique with each artist needing a slightly different mix of the below, or even something not listed. The residency aims to support you to explore and create new work, and your application should reflect what you need to do achieve this.

  • a bursary of up to £2000, to cover costs and expenses
  • research facilities at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library,
  • and up to five days of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House to an individual, existing band, or new cohort of artists wishing to undertake research and development into a creative exploration of English folk music


Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to ALL artists from ALL genres

The award is aimed at artists with a track-record as a professional creative artist (new and emerging artists should refer to the Seed Fund Bursaries). We encourage applications from all artists, at any stage of their career, from any art form or genre who wish to explore creative new work that is rooted in the English traditional folk arts.

When do I need to start/complete the residency?

All creative residencies must be started and completed between 1 September and 28 February the following year. Some artists have taken six months to think and then produce their work, and others spend a week working solely on one thing.

Applications are now closed

Bursaries to be completed by Thursday 28 February 2019

Image: Rowan Piggott, Creative Bursary 2017

 

 

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