The Festival may be over, but it feels like things are just beginning…
As you probably know, the Folkstock Arts Foundation community interest company was set up in February of this year, and we are delighted to have won a place in the finals for two Hertfordshire Business Awards: for Hertfordshire Business in Community Award and Business Person of the Year (for our Festival Director Helen Meissner).
The next stage for the 5 finalists in each category, is to be visited by the judges and the announcements are made at the Knebworth Barns ceremony on 28th November. Other Herts based finalists include Harriet Kelsall Jewellery from Weston, who is a highly feted entrepreneur who co incidentally has been a great supporter and sponsor of Folkstock Arts Foundation musicians!
A week later, on December 2nd, the UK festival awards announce their winners in London’s prestigious Round House, which until the end of October also incorporates a public vote. We are thrilled to be included in the nominations for 5 awards, including Best New, Best Small, Best Grassroots, Best Toilets and Best Family festival! Other Herts based festivals are also nominated for various awards, or can be voted for by the public if you go to the Festival Awards website and all of these listed had Folkstock artists performing or indeed whole stages managed and curated by the foundation for acoustic musicians – they are Standon Calling, Wilkestock, Balstock and Folk by the Oak.
You can vote until the 1st November if you feel so inclined, for any festival you have enjoyed. If they are not nominated, you can suggest them for ‘Best of the Rest’. To vote click here.
“We are thrilled that the awards nominations have given us another chance to promote the foundation which will increase the profile of the musicians who are associated us. Many Herts based musicians were included in the 16 who have been on our mentoring, marketing and masterclass programme this year and they have performed at a number of events put on by the foundation this year. However, we are not sitting on our laurels, in fact, regardless of the outcome that getting this far in these lovely awards has afforded us, we are in a very exciting developmental time.
Following on from Folkstock Festival just over a month ago, we are broadening the existing support for acoustic musicians to provide more opportunities for
them to make a living from music.
Introducing Folkstock Represents and Folkstock Records”.