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.

December 22 2014 
English Country Dance
Rich Galloway calls to Hot Toddy: Edith Coakley-Stowe (violin), Anna Rain (recorder), and Melissa Running (piano)
 
December 24 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Christmas Eve - no dance tonight.
 
December 29 2014 
English Country Dance
Mike Franch calls to Carl Friedman (violin), Heather Martley (flute), and Liz Donaldson (piano)
 
December 31 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
New Year's Eve - no dance tonight, dance at the FSGW ball instead!
 
January 01 2015 
Square/Contra Dance
Special Thursday Night New Year's Night dance! Perry Shafran calls to Megan Beller (fiddle), Charley Beller (percussion), and Michael Raitzyk (guitar).
 
January 05 2015 
English Country Dance
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Tom Spilsbury calls to Emily Aubrey (violin), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), and Liz Donaldson (piano)
 
January 07 2015 
Square/Contra Dance
George Mercer calls to the Baltimore Open Band.
 
January 10 2015 
2nd Saturday Dance
Band: Callithump with Andrew Marcus (accordian), Glyn Collision (Bouzouki, Guitar & Stomping) and David Knight (Fiddle)

Caller: Rebecca Denison