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.

August 20 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Susan Taylor calls to Some Assembly - Mary Corlette Flora (flute, sax), Joe Klausner (fiddle, mandolin, banjo), Donna Boylan (piano), Adam Lee (guitar), Iain Sturrock (percussion, guitar).
 
August 24 2014 
Fourth at Four
Storytelling at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
 
August 25 2014 
English Country Dance
Tom Spilsbury calls to Hot Toddy: Edith Coakley-Stowe (violin), Anna Rain (recorder), and Melissa Running (piano)
 
August 27 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Shane Knudsen calls to Odd Socks - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Robin Wilson (flute, sax, concertina), Amy Ksir (whistles, accordion), and Tom Rhoads (bass, concertina). New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
September 01 2014 
English Country Dance
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Sharon McKinley calls to Jeff Steinberg (violin), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), and Mark Vidor (accordion)
 
September 03 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Laura Brown calls to AP and the Banty Roosters - Andy Porter (fiddle), Joe Langley (guitar), Mark Lynch (mandolin), and Artie Abrams (bass).
 
September 09 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, on the second floor at Bertha's in Fells Point
 
September 10 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Perry Shafran calls to the Old Time Jam Band. New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.