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Thread #158212   Message #3739564
Posted By: 4ADiva
24-Sep-15 - 02:33 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: Youth involvement in folk music
Hello Mudcatters
I'm part of a long-standing folk club in North America and we're trying to find ways to engage more young people. Our membership, while at healthy levels, is almost all people 60-plus in age.
When visiting Sidmouth this year, I noticed there seemed to be a lot of activities specifically geared towards young people. Can anyone tell me more about that? I can't find anything about it on the Sidmouth site.
What about other folk clubs/festivals? Does everyone have this problem? It seems to me that there are more young people involved in folk in the UK than in NA, but maybe I'm wrong?
Anyone have ideas or suggestions? Things that have worked or not worked?
Is anyone on Mudcat under the age of 25? I'd love to hear from you as to what brings you to folk music, what kinds of things draw you to a folk club/festival/event.
Our club has a good website, but not Facebook or other social media. Is that a big factor in how young people decide where to go?
I know I'm opening a big can of worms here, but I welcome all input.