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At the heart of English folk

Youth Folk Opportunities

There are lots of ways for young people to get involved in folk music through a wide range of organisations in England.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society produces a directory of Youth Folk Opportunities around England. Our PDF directory is produced as part of our National Youth Folk Ensemble programme, which aims to promote, develop and link youth folk music activities across England.

The directory shares a selection of regional and national opportunities for young people who play or are interested in exploring folk and traditional music. These include folk bands, summer schools, competitions, courses, bursaries, and creative learning projects.

Youth Folk Opportunities: cover showing young players
Download the PDF

Please send us your entries for the Youth Folk Opportunities 2020 directory.

If you run a youth folk activity suitable for 14-18 year olds and would like to add your activity to the 2020 directory, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 13 January. Please state 'Youth Folk Promo' in the subject line and include the following information:  

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  • 50 words of copy about your activity (what it is, who it's for, how people can get involved) 
  • A high res photograph 
  • The region where your activity is based and whether it is a local or national opportunity 
  • A URL (or email address) so people can find out more 


Youth Folk Map

This map shows some of the current youth folk music activity in England. 

We are keen for this map to keep growing and we want to hear from you! If you run a youth folk music activity in England and would like to add to our data, please fill in this questionnaire