Eight projects will create new music rooted in English folk, funded by The English Folk Dance and Song Society – England’s national development agency for the folk arts.
A total of four Creative Bursaries and four Creative Seed Funding bursaries have been awarded, all of which are funded through the PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner scheme. They come under the umbrella of EFDSS’ Artists’ Development Programme, which provides professional development support, both creative and business, to artists at all levels of their career.
Creative Seed Funding Bursaries are for emerging artists. Each award provides up to £750 to research and develop new work linked to the English folk arts. The four successful applicants are:
Creative Bursaries are awarded to established artists. Each bursary is worth up to £2,000, and supports creative research and development together with use of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House and access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. The four successful applicants are:
Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: ‘Our bursary and funding schemes are designed to kickstart projects, giving both established and emerging artists time to bring their ideas to life. All the successful applications are rooted in the folk arts but will bring a fresh take on their subject matter. By its very nature, folk music has always evolved and reflected the issues of its generation, and these awards exemplify this by helping to develop some very innovative and relevant proposals. We look forward to supporting and working with the artists as their ideas take shape.’
PRS Foundation supports organisations from across the UK which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners. These organisations are working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of individual music creators across different music genres and UK regions. This reflects PRS Foundation’s commitment to supporting composers and songwriters of all backgrounds either through direct investment or by helping organisations which nurture music creators and promote their music to audiences at home and overseas.