FOLK CAMP BURSARIES 2017 SEASON
Two different bursaries are available for our 2017 season:
- DISCOVER bursaries, open to people active in folk traditions (musicians, callers, singers, etc.) who are new to Folk Camps.
- PROMOTE bursaries, open to all, and intended for people who can propose and enact a specific project to make Folk Camps more widely known. For instance in 2015 one bursary recipient made a video of what happens on a summer week. See the front page for the results, this is proving to be a useful publicity tool.
- Discover: New to Folk Camps, aged 18+, active in a Folk tradition (musician, caller, singer, dancer…)
- Promote: Aged 18+, open to both new to Folk Camps and existing Folk Campers
What does the Bursary scheme offer?
A Bursary offers the opportunity to experience a Folk Camps holiday for the cost of a deposit, only £20. The balance is paid by the Bursary. This is worth up to £245 (for a week long fully catered summer camp). All camping holidays in the current year’s programme are included in the scheme (except the hotel-based Craft Camp) from fully-catered summer holiday weeks to short, themed workshop weekends. A Bursary is a great opportunity for you to develop your musicianship, perhaps in learning new repertoire, perhaps in honing your workshop skills. Or to develop skills in promotion, publicity or marketing.
What is the aim of the Bursary?
We hope that the Discover Bursaries will help us to increase the number of folk artists who attend our camps. In return, we hope that you will have the experience of a lifetime, make friends, learn some new skills, network (many Folk Campers also organise festivals and clubs), tell people you know about us, and return another year. Part of our charitable purpose is to preserve and pass on the folk traditions of the British Isles. We want more people to know about Folk Camps, about our great holidays and the role they can play in preserving and developing traditional music, song and dance.
With the Promote Bursaries, we are keen to improve our publicity and marketing to the Folk world or people involved in music outside Folk Camps. We are also very keen to involve more Folk Campers in substantive roles in the organisation.
What do I have to do if I am offered a bursary?
There is no obligation on the recipient of a Discover Bursary to carry out any specific camp activity, other than participating with the usual duties that all campers need to do. We greatly value the volunteering ethos that lies at the heart of Folk Camps. However, we know that the way to get the most out of our holidays is to participate as much as possible, so you will be encouraged to learn and share during your holiday. If you have a wonderful time – and we are confident that you will – we would love you to tell your friends about us and spread the word. All the camp staff are volunteers, so maybe one day you’ll decide to join them!
If you are offered a Promote Bursary, we expect you to carry out your project to the timescale as agreed with the Bursary Co-ordinator.
Who can apply?
Completing the application form
We want to offer the bursaries where we think there will be mutual benefit to both Folk Camps and to you, so please try to put as much information as possible on the form, adding pages if necessary. If applying for a Discover Bursary, please tell us all about your Folk skills. If applying for a Promote Bursary, we are interested in seeing details of your plan or scheme for promoting Folk Camps.
Please also provide the name of someone who is willing to be contacted as a referee about your application.
Please email your completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Yvonne Hunt, a past Folk Camper who remembered us in her will and made the Bursary scheme possible.
Please note: Bursaries are not available for the Craft Camp