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Folk Research Fellowships available

By Robyn Holmes
Posted Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Aspiring Australian performers with a passion for revitalising our folk culture have until mid July to throw their hats into the ring for one of Australia’s most coveted research fellowships.

The National Library of Australia/National Folk Festival Fellowship was established with the aim of breathing new life into the myriad traditional songs, tunes, dance and spoken word gems collected in the National Library’s folklore archives. The residency will result in a performance of the material at the 2006 National Folk Festival.

applications close 15th July

Applicants can select from a range of projects:

  • to accurately recreate Australian traditions or styles
  • to reinvent or arrange original sources
  • to use original sources as an inspiration for new works
  • to develop some innovative artistic practice that demonstrates an understanding of the value of archival sources.
Conditions apply: applicants must be established or emerging performers of folk music, dance or spoken word of a standard that’s high enough for public performance at the National Folk Festival and they should have some research experience.

The Fellowship will provide:
  • travel to and from Canberra within Australia for one person (at economy rates)
  • accommodation in Canberra for non-Canberra residents for up to four weeks
  • living expenses up to $1000
  • access to the National Library of Australia sound recording studios for up to 30 hours over the residency, which may include studio access to non-preserved recordings and the recording and mixing of new performances
  • a master tape of any recordings made in the course of the Fellowship that may be used in future commercial publications or public performances
  • full staff access to the resources of the Library during opening hours, including copies of original source materials (up to a reasonable limit and recognising the standard access conditions)
  • computer workstation, listening facilities and desk
  • a guaranteed performance, highlighting the performance outcomes of the Fellowship, at the National Folk Festival following the period of residency.

For further information, contact the Curator of Music, Robyn Holmes (02) 6262 1529, or the Curator of Oral History and Folklore, Mark Cranfield (02) 6262 1636 at the National Library of Australia or visit the library's web site.

Application forms are available for download in Word and PDF formats from the Library's website or contact Kathy Rushton, Music and Dance Branch, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2600.

Closing date for applications was June 30th but has been extended to July 15th, 2005.

(This article has been reproduced from an email sent to the Ausfolk e-list by Jenny Simpson of the National Folk Festival.)

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