The Troubadour Foundation

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About the Troubadour Foundation...

The foundation was established in 2007 with a mission "To provide assistance and encouragement for the sustainability of Australian folk culture".  Its initial funding came in the form of a bequest of several thousand dollars from two folk enthusiasts who had enjoyed many festivals and wanted to put something back into the folk world.  Since then the future of the Foundation's funding relies entirely on donations and its own fundraising.  Recently a classic Gibson guitar was donated by Melbourne songwriter John Beavis and was auctioned at The National Folk Festival, raising $2800.

So far The Troubadour Foundation has helped to finance the production of CDs for half a dozen important artists, has helped two Australian folk artists cover the costs of appearing at the American Folk Alliance Convention, and has contributed to the saving of St. Brigid's Church and Hall in Crossley, near Port Fairy, recently sold by the Catholic Church and fortunately purchased by the Save St. Brigid's collective to retain it as a community venue.  This year a significant donation was made to the ‘Rolling the Ball Fund Dance Floor Fund’ for the construction of a new dance floor at the National Folk Festival at Exhibition Park in Canberra. The Foundation's limited funds will be available for these types of initiatives and to assist in cases of hardship within the folk community.