About SFMS:
Our Past, Our Future

Our Mission

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, 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.

Our People

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.

Our Past and Future

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; festivals small and large; 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 Commitment

We are committed to excellence in:

  • 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.

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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