FolkTas Grant

The Folk Federation Grant – “Making a Song and Dance About It”


This Year

The Folk Federation Committee has decided to award the 2023 Folk Tas Grant to Kate Fraser and The Kentish Harp Combo. Kate is a folk musician who plays celtic harp, fiddle, whistle, ukulele and djembe. The grant money will assist the Kentish Harp Combo run children’s Harp and Ukulele Holiday and term time ensemble activities, adult beginner harp classes, weekend workshops and care home activities. The first workshops for children will be held from 15th – 19th January 2024 at the Sheffield Town Hall with the intention of having the children’s group perform at the adult harp weekend’s Sunday afternoon concert. From February 2024 the group intend to run ongoing children’s ensemble classes, beginner adult classes and weekend workshops in Kentish and use harps and ukuleles in local care homes.

The committee look forward to hearing about the progress of all these activities and are very happy to support folk music development in the Kentish municipality.

We would like to give a huge thanks to all the applicants and to you, our Folk Federation members, who enabled this to happen.

The Folk Federation Committee


Next Year

(To be updated for 2024 – here are the 2023 details)

The Folk Federation is delighted to offer a grant of up to $500, and is inviting individuals and groups to apply before 9th July 2023.

Applications are open to Tasmanian resident folk musicians, songwriters, dancers, singers, poets, luthiers, organisers of folk events or folk artists. The money could be used for someone to attend a particular event, to bring someone here, to buy resources or equipment, to produce a CD, to produce “protest” or historical songs, in the folk tradition, and present them in concert, or something equally appropriate which would benefit the Tasmanian folk community.

Applications should include;

  1. A bit about you/your group, what you do now, have done in the past and/or aspire to do in the future.
  2. Your current involvement in the Tasmanian folk community.
  3. The proposal.
  4. A timeline.
  5. A budget, including all costs and funding sources for the project, not just those sought from the FFT.
  6. An explanation of the focus of the project.
  7. On whose behalf the money is sought (personal or for a group).
  8. How the use of the money would benefit the Tasmanian folk community. 
  9. How the use of this money would enhance yours or your group’s skills. 
  10. The form of feedback or resource which would be given back to the folk community after the completion of the project (for example, a letter to the FFT Committee, a Drumbeat article, a presentation or talk, a written paper, a booklet).
  11. References.

Grant timeline:

  1. The event/project is to take place in 2023-2024 and to be completed by 30th June, 2024.
  2. The deadline for applications is 9th July, 2023.

Please email applications to by 9th July 2023.

Please note that the FFT Committee will consider all proposals at its July meeting and that the decision of the Committee will be final.


Previous Years

2023 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2022 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2021 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2020 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2019 FolkTas Grant

The grant wasn’t offered in 2019 because the Folk Federation decided to give the grant money to help in the establishment of the Kunanyi Folk Club.

2018 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2017 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2016 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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2015 FolkTas Grant Awarded

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In previous years, the FFT sponsored participants of the Music Under the Southern Cross Summer School