Our Past, Our Future
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS), based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a nonprofit education and arts organization dedicated to the advancement, promotion and preservation of traditional, contemporary and international folk music and folk culture.
Every year, from September through June, Susquehanna Folk presents dozens of events for the cultural enrichment of South Central Pennsylvania. We present artists from around the globe as well as hometown performers. Many of our events have a "hands-on" component that strengthens the connections between music and folks. In addition, SFMS brings folk culture into local schools each year through Arts in Education residencies.
SFMS is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization. Our work depends on folks like you: our volunteers, our members, and many supporters within the community. We are always interested in hearing from folks who want to play an active role in SFMS's future.
SFMS is led by a 13-member Board of Directors, made up of volunteers serving 3-year terms. Several committees (which include board members and other folks) share the work of keeping SFMS running.
SFMS's leadership team also includes a part-time Executive Director; several individuals who serve as Coordinators; a graphic-design/website consultant; and sometimes an administrative intern.
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society was born in March 1985 when a small group of interested persons joined forces to keep folk music alive in Central Pennsylvania. Over the years, SFMS has sponsored concerts and dances, weekend and mini-festivals, workshops, coffeehouses and jam sessions, apprenticeships, storytelling, shape note singing and traditional craft classes. SFMS is known for the diversity and excellence of its programming, and for the passion of its board members.
Our vision is to be the premier nonprofit folk music society in South Central Pennsylvania. Our Strategic Plan describes how we plan to achieve that vision.
We are committed to excellence in the following seven critical areas:
- High quality, affordable programming
- Education about folk music and folk culture
- Financial stability
- Positive customer experience
- Diversity (people, programming and venues)
- Broad geographic and cultural appeal
- Programs accessible to people of all abilities and economic situations.