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National Folk Fellowship

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector/performers

A rare opportunity to explore the National Library of Australia’s collection of that which is dear to your creative heart…

As well as record in the National Library’s professional quality Studio, then grace the stage at the National Folk Festival…

…and come away with a professionally recorded DVD and master sound recording for a live CD!

What more can you ask for? Excellent Coffee at the Library…Yes we can do that too!

The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore original collection material at the Library for use in your artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will be a performance at the following National Folk Festival, and recordings acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.

Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections
  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 for a performance and workshop at the 2013 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library


Applications for the 2013 Fellowships open on 1 March 2012 and close on 30 June 2012. No applications or changes will be accepted after that date.

Click the following link to start an application: National Folk Fellowship

For general enquiries please contact:

Oral History and Folklore Branch
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6262 1545

For further information please contact:

Kevin Bradley
Curator of Oral History and Folklore
Phone: 02 6262 1636

Robyn Holmes
Curator of Music
Phone: 02 6262 1529

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