Established and emerging performers across music, dance and the spoken word are being urged to apply for a National Folk Fellowship.

Offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival, the annual Fellowship is a unique opportunity for performers to research the National Library’s folk collections, and to showcase their findings at a special performance and workshop at the 2007 National Folk Festival in Canberra.

Now in its third year, the Fellowship was established with the aim of breathing new life into the myriad of traditional songs, tunes, dance and spoken word gems held in the National Library’s folklore archives.

The successful applicant will research any aspect of the folklore collection with an overarching focus on reinterpreting Australia’s music, dance and story-telling traditions.

The four-week residency guarantees recipients a performance at the National Folk Festival, held over the Easter break each year, and is undertaken over three to six months before the Festival to allow time to develop performances.

During the residency the Fellow will have special access to research facilities, collections and sound recording studios. Also included is some financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses up to $2,000.

The closing date for the 2007 Fellowship application is 30 June 2006.

Visit www.nla.gov.au/services/awards for more information and application forms or telephone (02) 6262 1196.

Media contact:

Susan Grigson
Acting Manager Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 02 6262 1353 or 0410 627 684
Email: sgrigson@nla.gov.au