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The Alan James Creative Bursary and Residency Programme

In memory of Alan James, the former Chair of EFDSS, who died suddenly in April, we are re-naming our creative bursaries programme and are offering 3 bursaries for 2019/20.

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

In the spirit of Alan James’ eclectic musical tastes and his ability to foster exciting artistic collaborations, we are particularly interested in receiving applications which explore English folk music in the context of cross-genre or cross-art form collaborations and explorations.   

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 to achieve this.

  • a bursary of up to £2,000,
  • research facilities at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library,
  • and up to five days of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House   

Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to ALL artists from ALL genres

The award is aimed at artists with a track-record as professional creative artists. The bursary may be used to fund e.g. artists’ fees, travel and accommodation.  Artists should be seeking research and development funding rather than additional funding for an existing project. Artists will have the opportunity to informally share the outcomes of the research and development at the end of their rehearsal period to EFDSS staff and invited guests if they wish.

When do I need to start/complete the residency?

All creative residencies must be started and completed between July 19 and February 20 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.

Previous bursary awardees have gone on to develop their R & D work further to produce material for recording and performance, including Rowan Rheingans’ Dispatches on the Red Dress; Sam Sweeney’s Made in the Great War (show/album); Ben Nicholl’s Kings of the South Seas (show/album); Lisa Knapp’s Hunt the Hare (album); and Tom Moore and Archie Churchill Moss’ Laguna (album).

Alan James Creative Bursary Awards 2019-20

Kate Huggett
Tom Kitching
Hannah Dunster Akhila Krishnan and Fernando Machado
Oliver Cross

Please see the news page for more information on our current bursary applicants

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

For more information please contact:
Katy Spicer, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Image credit: Oliver Cross



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