The Columbus Folk Music Society is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving folk music in Central Ohio. We offer a variety of events and programs throughout the year, including concerts, workshops, dances, and more.
Founded in 1967, the Columbus Folk Music Society is the oldest and largest non-profit folk music organization in Central Ohio. We are dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and understanding of folk music and dance through public concerts, educational programs, and support of the arts.
The Columbus Folk Music Society is a membership organization open to everyone. Members receive discounts on most events and activities, as well as our quarterly newsletter, The Folk Tale.
What is the Columbus Folk Music Society?
The Columbus Folk Music Society is a membership based, 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, non-profit educational organization, founded in 1962 to preserve and perpetuate folk music, dance and related art forms. The Society is also dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of folk music, dance and related art forms among the general public through educational programs and performances.
History of the Columbus Folk Music Society
The Columbus Folk Music Society (CFMS) was founded in 1955 to promote the performance, study, and appreciation of folk music in central Ohio. We are a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a rich history in the folk music community.
The CFMS hosts several events throughout the year, including the long-running Summer concert series at Goodale Park and our fall and winter Singaround series. We also bring in touring folk musicians for our Coffeehouse Concerts, and offer educational opportunities like workshops and jams.
The Columbus Folk Music Society Today
The Columbus Folk Music Society is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting traditional and contemporary folk music in Central Ohio. We sponsor a year-round schedule of events featuring local, regional, and touring artists. These include the Watermelon Slim Band, David Bromberg Quintet, Si Kahn, Carol Noonan and many more. We also produce three festivals: The Central Ohio Folk Festival, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Landlubber Festival and the Winter Wednesdays Concert Series.
The Future of the Columbus Folk Music Society
The Columbus Folk Music Society has been in operation for over 50 years, making it one of the longest-running organizations of its kind in the United States. As the Society looks to the future, it is committed to upholding its tradition of supporting folk music and musicians in Central Ohio, while also working to expand its reach and impact.
The Columbus Folk Music Society strives to be a respected voice in the local music community, and to that end, it is dedicated to championing folk music and musicians through its various programs and events. One of the ways the Society does this is by organizing and hosting the Columbus Folk Festival each year. The festival is one of the largest and most well-attended folk festivals in the country, and it provides a vital showcase for both local and touring folk musicians.
In addition to the Folk Festival, the Columbus Folk Music Society also hosts a regular concert series, which features both local and touring acts. The Society also offers educational programming, such as workshops, classes, and jams sessions. These initiatives are all aimed at keeping folk music alive and thriving in Central Ohio.
As it looks to the future, the Columbus Folk Music Society remains committed to its mission of promoting folk music and supporting musicians in our community. With your help, we will continue to be a driving force in keeping folk music alive and thriving in Columbus!