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Access Folk Singing Survey

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posted on 2024-06-11, 15:04 authored by Kirsty Kay, Fay HieldFay Hield

Access Folk is a research project exploring ways to increase and diversify participation in folk singing in England. Like many in the arts, the folk scene is facing hardship because the impacts of covid-19 and the current economic climate are affecting venues, organisers, amateur and professional singers and audience members alike. These issues, combined with the ageing of many of the scene’s key activists, raises questions about how the folk singing scene in England might develop over the coming decades. At University of Sheffield, a team of academic and community partners are looking into the current problems and testing potential solutions. The five-year project (2022-2027) hopes to prompt action to help increase accessibility to folk singing for more diverse populations in England.

This submission includes data from a large scale survey which gathered information from folk singers and organisers about their demographics and experiences of folk singing. A PDF overview report gives a top level analysis, and all the sharable data is included in an open access spreadsheet.

The survey was approved by the University of Sheffield ethical review process: 051380

All the available items arising from the project are available in the Access Folk Collection.


Defining ethnomusicological Action Research through the regeneration of English folk clubs

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