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At the heart of English folk

Arts Award

EFDSS is an Arts Award Centre and Supporter! 


What is Arts Award?

Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.  Arts Award is open to anyone up to the age of 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds. The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment. 

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How does EFDSS support Arts Award?

EFDSS is committed to offering opportunities for young people to develop their skills and experience: from attending our courses, events and concerts, to joining our Youth Forum, work experience or volunteering.  We have an Arts Award advisor who can assist you to complete all levels of this great award scheme. We have an Arts Award advisor who can assist you to complete Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Awards,  and support you with aspects of Gold Arts Award.


Attend an event

Writing a review of one of our concerts, ceilidhs, exhibitions or events can contribute to your award - just ask! We offer a special youth price for most EFDSS promoted concerts and events at Cecil Sharp House.

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Access our youth programme

Our holiday courses and ensembles can contribute towards an Arts Award. With an experienced Arts Award advisor on hand, we can guide you through any level to get more creative value out of your time with us. 

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London Youth Folk Ensemble

Through regular attendance at the London Youth Folk Ensemble, it’s possible to achieve your Bronze or Silver Arts Award.


National Youth Folk Ensemble

Members of the National Youth Folk Ensemble have the opportunity to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award.


Folk Unlimited

Through regular attendance at Folk Unlimited, we can find the right level of Arts Award challenge for you to work towards.  Just get in touch for more information.


Get Your Folk On! Summer School

You can complete Explore and Bronze Arts Award at our special Arts Award sessions as part of our annual week-long summer school.


Delivering creative arts workshops in schools/youth settings

If you are a teacher, or work with a group taking Arts Award, we can deliver bespoke workshops and offer resources and support.  Please just ask!


Find out more about folk

We work with lots of amazing folk artists and have the fantastic Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archive - full of information about folk music and its social and historical context. We can direct and support anyone who wishes to extend their knowledge about folk music, song and dance as part of their Arts Award!


For more information about Arts Award at EFDSS, contact our Education department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953