Maz O’Connor awarded prestigious BBC Fellowship to work with the English Folk Dance and Song Society


Maz O'Connor

We are delighted to hear that Maz O’Connor has been given one of 19 prestigious Music Fellowships from the BBC Performing Arts Fund that will enable her to work with the English Folk Dance and Song Society. As the only folk artist to become a Fellow, it is a great achievement for Maz and EFDSS, which has supported her application and will work with Maz for a year to aid her career development.

EFDSS Chief Executive Katy Spicer said: “EFDSS is very excited to be part of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowships and be working with Maz O’Connor over the next 12 months. Maz is a highly talented young artist at a stage in her career when this support can really help her to develop both her creative and business skills. It is a wonderful opportunity for both Maz and EFDSS and we are very grateful to the BBC PAF for this award and the opportunities it will bring.”

Maz (BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Finalist 2013) will be supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) over the year to develop her industry profile, have access to rehearsal and performance opportunities and be part of EFDSS’ showcasing programme both in the UK and abroad.

From the BBC:-

“BBC Performing Arts Fund announces winners of its Music Fellowship scheme

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded a total of £190,000 to 19 music organisations across the UK in order to host a bespoke placement opportunity as part of its Music Fellowship scheme.
The Fellowships range from a singer working with Urban Development in East London to an assistant conductor with English Touring Opera; from folk to pop; from Belfast to Exeter and all across the UK.
The selected organisations will host a Fellow, offering an opportunity for motivated
individuals to work under the guidance of professional mentors to develop their skills,
showcase their work and experience the reality of working in the music industry across a wide range of genres.
Successful organisations were able to demonstrate that a Fellowship placement with them would offer significant professional development opportunities for a Fellow, that their placement would be realistic and achievable, and that the selection process they went through to identify the Fellow was fair and transparent.”

Maz O’Connor

Maz O'Connor

Maz O’Connor was part of our original schools project Freebandreel. She went on to be a finalist in the 2009 BBC Young Folk Awards, and performed at the 2010 festival. She is now a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 Horizon Award nominee. Well done Maz and good luck.