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NY State Music Fund
Professional Development Workshops

In 2008–09, NYFS organized and sponsored workshops around New York State for musicians and their presenters and supporters in the areas of recording and promotion, legal issues of contracts and intellectual property and performing and teaching in educational settings.



NYS Music Fund
Professional Development Workshops
For Folk and Traditional Musicians

The New York Folklore Society increased its focus on folk and traditional music practice across New York State. With support from The New York State Music Fund, the Society initiated a project is to better serve musicians and their audiences by providing information about the musicians, their art forms and practice, and the role of their music in the cultural communities in which they are based, as well as avenues for publicity and resources for professional development.

Below is a list and description of a series of professional development workshops held throughout New York State in 2007–2009 for traditional musicians and their presenters and supporters.

Folk Artists and Folk Arts Professionals: Partnering in Promotion
Long Island Traditions, Port Washington, NY
September 24, 2007

Audio Recording and Production Workshop for Folklorists, Presenters & Musicians
Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
January 25-26, 2008

Syracuse Workshops for Folk and Traditional Musicians:
Session I: Legal Issues for Acoustic Musicians
Session II: Audio Recording and Editing for Acoustic Musicians

Co-sponsored with the Folk Arts Program of the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse
September 18, 19, and 20, 2008

Folk Arts-in-Education Forum
Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum, Hammondsport, NYBR> Presented in association with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
November 19, 2008

What is Intellectual Property?
Tri-County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY
February, 28, 2009

What is Intellectual Property?
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY
March 14, 2009

Border Crossing Issues for Artists
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), Canton, NY
April 18, 2009

Marketing and Promotion for Traditional Musicians
New York, NY
April 23, 2009


In 2009, with funding from the New York State Music Fund, the Society expanded the NYFS website to include a special Traditional Music webpages with an artists’ directory and information about traditional music as practiced in New York State.
Campbell Brothers
The Campbell Brothers are a featured artist in the NYFS Traditional Artists Directory.
Photo: Courtesy of the Campbell Brothers.

The New York State Music Fund was established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors when investigations into the practice of “payola” or “pay for play” by major recording and broadcasting companies were resolved. These settlements stipulated that funds paid by the music businesses should benefit the residents of New York State through music education and appreciation programs.

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