The Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. / New York Pinewoods Folk
Music Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation. an
affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society of America.
It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the membership.
It runs concerts, weekends, workshops, singing parties, and
get-togethers, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all
flavors. A copy of our annual report is available from our
office at 444 W. 54th St, #7, NYC, NY 10019 or
from the Office of Charities Registration, N.Y. Dept. of State, 162
Washington Av, Albany, NY 12232. (See some more history at the bottom of the page.)
Current Bylaws and Conflict Of Interest Policy are availablel as a pdf format downloads.
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You can print out and mail the Membership Form. Not sure you want to join just now? To get a free copy of our monthly newsletter, with information on becoming a member, send an email with your name and postal address or call (718) 672-6399, and leave your name and postal address.
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A (very brief) History of the Society:
Society started in 1965 as a headquarters area committee of the Country
Dance & Song Society of America (CDSS) by a group of enthusiasts
who had been to Folk Music Week at Pinewoods Camp.
The group started as
“The Pinewoods Folk Music Club”, a name by which we are still widely
known. We incorporated separately in the mid 1970s when CDSS moved to
Our mission rested on two pillars: The presentation of
the finest traditional music by source artists and modern performers
steeped in the tradition, and community music-making open to all with
an interest in the old songs and tunes.
From the start, we have
presented concerts small and large, residential weekends, classes and
teaching workshops, community singing events and other social events
–around the music.
We are run by a Board of Directors who are entirely
volunteers. We have no permanent paid staff. We produce a monthly
Newsletter which that all the events within 50 miles of New York that
we can find information for, plus an annual listing of festivals all across the country.
We have close working relations with other
tradition oriented folk societies throughout the Northeast, the nation,
Canada, and as far away as Britain. We brought the Eisteddfod-NY
(a festival of traditional music) to New York for the first time in
2003 in order to continue what had been among the finest events in
traditional music in the nation.