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At the heart of English folk
Individual membership

Individual membership

Why join EFDSS?

Our members are our greatest advocates, and provide vital financial support of our work as a Registered Charity.

As a member you receive:

  • A quarterly magazine, English Dance & Song, providing news and reviews of what’s hot in the folk arts as well as news about the Society’s own activities
  • Folk Music Journal, the annual academic journal of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, highly valued by universities and libraries across the world 
  • Public Liability Insurance for non-commercial amateurs and hobbyists: please read our PLI Guidance Notes for details. PLI is limited; our insurance may not cover your activities. Please contact us for more information.

With the support of our members over the past decade, we have dramatically increased activities around learning, performance and artist support, and have developed Cecil Sharp House into a vibrant and creative arts centre.


How much does membership cost?

Standard membership

Individual £51

Joint £78 

Student or age 18–25 £23
Please provide a photocopy of your student ID card, or your date of birth

Under 18 £23 
Please provide your date of birth

Senior membership (over 65s)

Senior Individual £35
Please provide your date of birth

Senior Joint £51
One member should be over 65; please provide your date of birth

Life £464
Please provide your date of birth

Joint Life £658 
One member should be over 65; please provide your date of birth

Join us now

You can join now online – or download a Word form or PDF form to complete and post to us.

Gift Aid: EFDSS can claim Gift Aid on personal membership fees. If you pay any UK income tax – for example on a salary, investments, savings or a pension – you can make a Gift Aid declaration. It costs you nothing, and it means that your membership payment will be worth an extra 25% to EFDSS. Please consider completing a Gift Aid declaration form.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7241 8956 for more information on membership.

Members who pay for their PPL licence through EFDSS can download TheMusicLicence terms and conditions here.