Opportunities Funding EFDSS: Artist Bursaries Area: EnglandDeadline: 23 June (Seed Funding) / 26 June (Bursaries) Artists at any stage of their career are invited to apply for funding to pursue a creative project, as part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's Artists’ Development programme. Last year’s round of funding saw the creation of the innovative multimedia show that was the Theatre Ballads, a remarkable production from Horse + Bamboo Theatre which went on to tour several notable venues across the country. Seed funding was also provided to musicians Kirsty Merryn, Germa Adan and Kitty MacFarlane to create new work based on a variety of chosen themes. These funding programmes offer an exciting opportunity to creative artists and emerging folk musicians who may be looking to develop a creative idea or take a major step forward in developing their own career. As well as the financial support, successful applicants gain access to a wealth of advice and support from within EFDSS. We are always inundated with high quality applications and we’re look forward to hearing for people who have interested ideas they wish to develop. Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive and Artistic Director Seed Funding The EFDSS Creative Seed Funding is an award of £750 to be given to three artists/groups of artists who wish to explore new creative ideas in the genre of English folk music. The award is aimed at artists in the early stages of their professional career and for whom this support will to enable them to undertake a creative exploration that will help foster their career develop as a professional folk musician working in the English folk idiom. Creative Bursaries The Creative Bursary scheme is open to established artists who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point with the ability to create a touring show. For more information and guidelines, please visit the EFDSS website.