SFMS Receives YCCF Support

Photo: SFMS Executive Director Jess Hayden with Bryan Tate of the York County Community Foundation

Jess Hayden accepts a check from York County Community Foundation VP Bryan Tate. Logo: York County Community Foundation

Good Books, Good Music


York, PA — York County Community Foundation awarded $69,000 in grants on November 16, 2006 to local nonprofits serving the York County community. William H. Kerlin, Chair of the Distribution Committee of the Community Foundation, announced the grants, and commented, "Many of the best ideas and practices for meeting community needs can be identified by nonprofits in the community. We applaud their innovation and vision and are proud to partner with our grantees to enhance the quality of life in our community."

The Foundation awarded the Venture Grants to 16 groups working on civic engagement, economic development, government collaboration and community diversity. Among them the Susquehanna Folk Music Society was awarded $1,500 for the Good Books, Good Music project, involving a collaboration between the Susquehanna Folk Music Society and the Martin Library to bring three exceptional performing groups to the library for free, Saturday afternoon concerts that link music to literacy.

African Studies


The York County Community Foundation announced recently the selection of six nonprofit leaders who received fellowships of up to $6,000 each to complete professional and personal leadership development. Among these fellows we are pleased to announce that SFMS Executive Director Jess Hayden has been awarded a fellowship to research African music, participate in drumming classes and travel to Africa to understand the role that African slaves played in the formation of American folk traditions.

The York Federal Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation launched the York Federal Fellows Program in Nonprofit Community Leadership last year. This initiative allows leaders in the community to break new ground, learn new skills, and experiment with new approaches for leadership and professional development. In addition to the self-directed experience, Fellows will commit to a retreat and meetings throughout their Fellowship year. The group will have access to a professional facilitator and will brainstorm on ideas to improve the local nonprofit sector. The Fellows Program will provide financial resources to implement the ideas that come out of these sessions.


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Funding Acknowledgments

logos: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of York County, Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

logo: National Endowment for the Arts logo: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts logo: CUltural Alliance of York County logo: CUltural Enrichment Fund