English Folk Expo (EFEx) is a charity which supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives. We host festivals and events throughout the year to introduce the best folk, roots and acoustic music to new and existing audiences.
Since this point, the charity has grown exponentially, building new programme strands and activities for artists, music industry and public audiences. The Manchester Folk Festival happens each October, the Rochdale Folk Festival is in June, our promotions programme presents concerts across Greater Manchester and beyond.
Each October we invite 180 music industry representatives to Manchester to see more than 40 artists perform over three days. Our annual showcase event runs alongside the Manchester Folk Festival and generates in excess of £2mill of work for artists within two years of each event (source: the hub).
In April 2021 we launched a comprehensive new platform of learning for anyone building a career in the music industry. Folk Talk Academy is free to all and contains insight and learning from right across the international music industry
Our artist mentoring programme gives in depth training, industry mentoring and showcase opportunities to selected artists over the course of a year. We work in partnership with a variety of organisations including Americana Music Association UK, FOCUS Wales, Cambridge Folk Festival and the FAC.
Alongside the Rochdale Folk Festival, we run a Promoter Training Programme which supports selected fans to learn the skills and develop networks which will enable them to host their own folk concerts.
We have an online platform for fans, artists and industry which enables networking, resources and bespoke offers to subscribers – EFEx Digital
To help reach new audiences, we are keen to support the commissioning of new work which reaches beyond existing folk, roots and acoustic audiences. In 2019 alongside EFDSS and Unite, we commissioned Rising Up which explored themes of protest, freedom of speech and democracy. We’re currently working up new commission projects.
In order to expand the reach of English folk, roots and acoustic music and to grow the audiences, we have a series of international partnerships, collaborations and projects.
We produce the monthly Official Folk Albums Chart on behalf of the UK folk music sector. This month’s chart can be found here.
EFEx is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a Greater Manchester Combined Authority Cultural Partner.
English Folk Expo is a Registered Charity and Company Limited By Guarantee | Company Registered in England and Wales No: 9929705 | Charity Number: 1192064 | VAT No: 242744608