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.

September 20 2014 
Gentle English Dance
Bob Farrall, calling, with Emily Aubrey on violin, Robin Wilson on
concertina and flute, and Ben Hobbs on piano.
 
September 20 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
Baltimore Square Dance
8-11 pm at Mobtown Ballroom. Live music from Coracree String Band (Jane Rothfield, Bill Quern, Sarah Gowan and Allan Carr), with calling by Shane Knudsen.
 
September 22 2014 
English Country Dance
April Blum calls to Edie Stern (violin), Robin Wilson (flute, concertina), and Judy Meyers (piano)
 
September 24 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Kappy Laning calls to the Baltimore Open Band. New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
September 25 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, in the back room at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point
 
September 28 2014 
Fourth at Four
Storytelling at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
 
September 29 2014 
English Country Dance
Tom Spilsbury calls to Becky Ross (violin), Heather Martley (flute), and Jonathan Jensen (piano, etc.)
 
October 01 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Will Mentor calls to Nor'easter - Max Newman (guitar, mandolin), Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), and Julie Vallimont (piano, accordion).