Southern Counties Folk Federation
Is a loose confederation of Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Concert and Ceilidh Venues, Festivals and Organisations promoting Folk and related Acoustic Music and Dance in the Southern Counties of England and the Channel Islands. Membership is now quite informal with no subscription payable unless insurance is required, since little outlay occurs since the demise of Folk on Tap magazine.
TAPS (Traditional Arts Projects) with its educational and community development aims was a SCoFF Member until disbanded by fiat of the Arts Council. We are now in mutual support status with Folk South-West (recently moved to Dorset).
Unlike the EFDSS (English Folk Dance & Song Society) for example, SCoFF is neither more nor less than the sum of its parts and there is an Individual Member category for people who have no Club, or whose local Club is not a SCoFF Member.
The Federation's two parts are this WEBSITE and the former FOLK ON TAP quarterly Magazine, which in combination are an Information/Communications Network used to gather and broadcast information in relation to the workings of the folk world within SCoFF's remit (and outside it). Federation Membership automatically includes Public Liability Insurance cover to paid-up Members for Folk events and formerly special Advertising Rates and Members' Diary Dates in its high-quality financially and editorially independent quarterly Magazine 'Folk on Tap' (currently defunct). See relevant page for other Membership advantages.
In the past, SCoFF also ran a successful series of 'Folk Under Aries' and 'Folk Under Libra' Festivals in various venues and gave an Annual Ron Myles Award for services to folk music. Having now evolved into the current information/communications network structure described above, the Federation is very happy to co-operate with and support any Folk Projects within its remit AND if we don't know something/anything outright, we "know a man/woman who does" (or they know someone who does......)!
Finally, no-one connected with the production of the Federation's Magazine or Website is paid - we all do it for love of the music.