EFDSS opens new artist residency scheme

English Folk Dance and Song SocietyMusicians, songwriters, poets, storytellers, visual, digital or multimedia artists are being invited to apply for the 2015/16 round of creative bursaries offered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

EFDSS, which runs the national folk arts centre Cecil Sharp House in London, makes up to four awards annually to fund the research and development of new work linked to the folk arts.

The creative artist residencies are part of EFDSS’ Artists’ Development Programme, which provides professional development support, both creative and business, to artists.

The Creative Bursary Award includes the daytime use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House, access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and a grant of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses.

See www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/artists-bursaries for guidelines and application forms.

The deadline for submitted applications is 9pm on 29 May 2015 for residencies to be taken between September 2015 and March 2016.

Completed applications should be sent via email to neil@efdss.org or posted to Neil Pearson, Artists’ Development Manager, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY by the deadline.

The successful candidates will be announced in late June.

Katy Spicer, EFDSS chief executive said: ‘Since the creative artist bursaries programme was launched in 2012, we have supported contemporary and folk dance choreographers, storytellers, and classical and folk musicians and composers.

‘We have been delighted to see many artists go on to create full shows and new music for CDs from the research and development EFDSS has supported.

‘We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point.’

For more information about EFDSS’ Artist Development programme, go to www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/aspire-programme.

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