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Folklife Center offers stipend for traditional music study and research

Created by Vermont musician, Deb Flanders to honor the work of her great aunt, Helen Hartness Flanders, the Flanders Award for Traditional Vermont Music provides a stipend to a Vermont musician aged 15-29 to support the perpetuation and performance of the traditional Yankee and Franco-American musical repertoire of the state.
Award funds are intended to offset the cost of travel to one or more Vermont archival repositories so the recipient can work in person with collections of field recordings, manuscripts and rare books of vocal song or instrumental music rooted in the cultural heritage of the state.
In addition to assisting with travel costs, Award funds also serve to encourage learning and rehearsal of songs/music as well as basic research into the history and performance of the selected materials.
“Vermont’s archives, libraries and historical societies have preserved a rich collection of the state’s traditional music,” said Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research, “the goal of the Flanders Award is to give these treasures new voice in the present.”
Applications are due by Oct. 9. Email Andy Kolovos with questions at [email protected]. Full details about the award are available at vermontfolklifecenter.org/flanders.

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