About the Society

Purpose The Baltimore Folk Music Society was founded in 1975 as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to teaching, preserving, and promoting the music, dance, and traditions of the American people. We are supported mainly through membership dues, with some additional income from donations and grants. Donations are tax-deductible.


Board meetings

BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at bfms.org

By-Laws

The Society By-Laws are available to download on the By-Laws page.

The current version is dated March 05, 2013.


BFMS Scholarships

BFMS sets aside $500 a year for small grants to BFMS members seeking to upgrade skills that benefit the BFMS community. Scholarship funds may help to defer tuition or travel expenses to attend workshops, summer camps, and courses for dance musicians and callers. There is no deadline for applications, but they must be received before the event takes place. Send a letter describing the event, overall costs, how much you are requesting, and how assisting you would benefit the BFMS community to Scholarship Committee, BFMS, P.O. Box 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore MD 21218.


Have you Lost Something?

It may be in BFMS Lost and Found kept at the Lovely Lane Church.  Check with a Gate Committee member or contact  a BFMS Board member. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity or disposed of after a holding period.



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The Baltimore Folk Music Society is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Coming up:

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

November 23 2014 
Tellabration!
Save the Date! Baltimore's 18th Annual Tellabration! will held on Sunday, November 23 at Irvine Nature Center in Owings MIlls, MD from 2 to 5.
 
November 23 2014 
Fourth at Four
Join us in November at Tellabration!
 
November 24 2014 
English Country Dance
Carl Friedman calls to Tina Chancey (violin), David Crandall (flute, sax), and Jonathan Jensen (piano, etc.)
 
November 26 2014 
Square/Contra Dance

Melissa Chatham calls to Wombats: Carl Friedman (fiddle), Charlie Pilzer (piano), Robin Wilson (flute, concertina). New dancer's workshop at 7:30 pm.



 
November 27 2014 
Thanksgiving Burn off the Calories Dance
The annual Thanksgiving Burn Off the Calories dance. Open Band led by Liz Donaldson. Open Mic for callers. Contra, English and Squares. 8PM to 10:30 PM at St Marks on the Hill. Bring your left over deserts to share.
 
December 01 2014 
English Country Dance
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Ann Fallon calls to Carl Friedman (violin), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), and Karin Loya (cello)
 
December 03 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Perry Shafran calls to Perpetual e-Motion: Ed Howe (electric fiddle) and John Cote (guitar, digideridoo, vocals).
 
December 08 2014 
English Country Dance
Sharon McKInley calls to Jeff Steinberg (violin), Robin Wilson (flute, concertina), and Jonathan Jensen (piano, etc.)