For 30-years old & under

Austin Friends of Traditional Music offer two youth grants to attend the Old-Time Music Gathering at Wilson Warren College in North Carolina.  Saftm-logo1.pngubmit your entry for the AFTM grant by July 1, 2018.  Anyone in the Austin area, 30 years of age or younger may apply.         

Each year the Austin Friends of Traditional Music awards a scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College to promising musicians and dancers who wish to further their studies of music anddance by participating at the Old-Time Music and Dance Week Asheville, North Carolina.

Anyone in the Austin area 30-years old or younger may apply. Musicians and dancers will be selected from the entries to attend master classes at the annual Old-Time Music and Dance Week of the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, tuition and lodging-free. Swannanoa offers a rich variety of hands-on classes with masters of several different instruments and styles as well as Old-Time dance styles.

For more information on Warren Wilson College's Old-Time Music and Dance Week of the Swannanoa Gathering, visit

OLD TIME WEEK, July 15-21, 2017

Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. The many diverse offerings enable students to explore new areas; fiddlers sing, singers dance, and dancers learn to play instruments. The Teen Gathering is a class specifically for teenagers. Students enroll in as many as three regular classes during the week, and each afternoon a variety of short workshop topics are offered during the Potluck Sessions. The daily Communal Gathering features master musicians, singers, and dancers from across the Appalachian region. Evening activities include jam sessions, singing, square dances, clogging, concerts, and the popular Late-Night Honky-Tonk Dance! For those students bringing their families, we also offer a program for kids, but space is limited. Our Children's Program for ages 6-12 features kids' activities scheduled during all the daytime class sessions, and evening childcare for ages 3-12 is provided at no additional cost.


Please submit a description of your interest in traditional music, background, and why you think you ought to be chosen for a chance to learn from the masters. With the exception of proof of age, this information may be e-mailed.  Please send a scanned copy of a birth certificate, a drivers license or other appropriate I.D. as proof of age via U.S. mail.

Travel expenses, and any other costs associated with attendance are the sole responsibility of the selected applicant.

Submit your entry for the AFTM grant by April1, 2017, to:

Austin Friends of Traditional Music
P.O. Box 49608 
Austin, TX 78765.

OR by email:

Helping the next generation to learn the music, not so much as a way to make a living as to make life itself worth living.

CONTACT:   Jeanne DeFriese,


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