Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Membership

Please consider joining The Baltimore Folk Music Society. We count on memberships to help support folk events in Baltimore. The cost of the membership and any donations are now fully tax deductible!

We have a lot to offer the folk community. With your help, we can continue to do an outstanding job of providing enjoyment to the Greater Baltimore area.

Benefits of Membership in BFMS

  • Membership provides discounts at over 120 BFMS events throughout the year.
  • Reciprocity agreements that allow our members to attend events sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society at their member's rates.
  • A monthly newsletter provided to you by email as an attachment.
  • 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 65144, Baltimore MD 21209.

BFMS Events

Dance Events
Our regularly scheduled dance events include: American Contra and Square Dancing on Wednesdays and English Country Dancing on Mondays. All feature live music! We have free Beginner’s Workshops for American Contra and Square Dancing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and free Beginner's Workshops for English Country Dancing on the 1st Mondays. We sponsor a monthly series of Traditional American Dances. It is referred to as the BFMS Second Saturday Contra Dance.
Dance & Music Camps
The Catoctin Mountain Music and Dance Weekend is held in Maryland's beautiful Catoctin Mountains in June. This low-cost family event features singing, jamming, dancing, stargazing, swimming, good food, and friendly people.
Special Dances and Events
Our special dances include the Mid-Winter Ball (Square and Contra Dancing), the Autumn Assembly Ball (English Country Dancing), and Dance Workshops in Clogging, Waltz, Jitterbug, Cajun, Zydeco, Scandinavian Dance and more!
Music & Singing
Our Coffee-Houses feature well-known and local folk performers for your listening (and singing!) pleasure. We also offer House Concerts – opportunities to hear some of your favorite singers and musicians in the intimate atmosphere of someone's home. House concerts are simply smaller versions of our regular concerts and are open to the public, check for special requirements due to more limited space. Our 2nd Friday Open Mic Friendly Coffeehouse offers a supportive atmosphere for anyone to take the mic. Watch our web site for news of other events, including rounds singing, open sings, and musician’s workshops, and special concerts.

How to join the Society

Membership in the Society is open to anyone.
The cost for a 1 year membership is $27/year for individuals; $37 for families (2 or more people living at the same address).
You can save money with a multi-year membership:
3 years - $69 individual $93 family
We now offer a lifetime membership. No more remembering to renew!
Lifetime - $500 individual $750 family

Membership dues are tax-deductible.

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Please download our Membership Form.
Checks should be made out to "BFMS" or "Baltimore Folk Music Society" and mailed to

BFMS Membership
P.O. Box 65144
Baltimore, MD 21209

Send your name and complete mailing address, including zip code, with your membership dues. You may also include your phone number and e-mail address, and indicate activities for which you would like to volunteer . Please tell us if you do not want your name, address, or phone number published in our membership directory. Email addresses are not published, but may be used by the Society to send notices of coming special events.

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BFMS sends notifications to members by email and traditional mail. If you have moved or changed your email address or phone number, please contact the BFMS Membership Chair (membership @ or via the Postal address above and update your contact information. If you subscribe to our weekly email you can follow the link at the end of that email message to change your subscription but you still need to contact the BFMS Membership Chair to change your member record. The Monthly Newsletter is sent by email to the email address that Membership has on record for you.