EFDSS awards funding for new music

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Emily Mae Winters, India Electric Company (pictured), Alex Vann and Alma are among the acts to receive support from the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) new music fund.

A total of seven supported projects will create new music rooted in the English folk tradition, drawing on improvisation, modern instrumentation and cultural and social issues to inform them.

Fiddler Rowan Piggott, Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss (from Moore Moss Rutter), Nick Hennessey and Heg Brignall (from Heg and the Wolf Chorus) have also secured support of up to £2,000.

Four awards were made under EFDSS’ Creative Bursary scheme and three through its Creative Seed Funding programme.

Both initiatives are funded through the PRS Foundation’s 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.

Katy Spicer, EFDSS chief executive and artistic director, said: ‘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 will help to develop some very innovative and relevant proposals. We look forward to supporting and working with the artists as their ideas take shape.’

Learn more about the EFDSS’ bursary schemes.