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Folklife Apprenticeship

Folklife Apprenticeship


Past Folklife Apprenticeship team Phil Wiggins (left, master) and Junious Brickhouse studied Piedmont blues harmonica. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs. Past Folklife Apprenticeship team Anna Pasqualucci (left, master) and Lisa Penn studied Baltimore screen painting. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.


COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources

In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for FY20 Folklife Apprenticeship Grants:

  1. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 



Folklife Apprenticeship grants fund the teaching of skills from a master to a learner artist in folklife, or living cultural traditions. During the study period, a master folklife artist passes down her or his knowledge to a learner in an effort to support the vitality of folklife in Maryland. Grants are $5,000 each, with $4,000 disbursed to the master artist and $1,000 to the learner.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), MSAC will accept applications to support as many as ten Folklife Apprenticeship teams in Maryland. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines here.

All Folklife Apprenticeship applications must be made in the SmartSimple online grants management system. Log in or create a free account at

Folklife Apprenticeships support living cultural traditions and are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program (MATP), which supports workforce development. For more information on MATP, visit

Members of the public are invited to observe the FY 2021 Folklife Apprenticeship panel, which will be hosted virtually on Thursday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Access the meeting on that date and time by navigating to or dialing +1 440-482-0059 and entering the following‬ PIN: ‪708 978 127‬#.



Schedules occur on the MSC fiscal year, which begins in July and ends in June:

  • Applications

    • Application publication: December 1

    • Application deadline: January 15

  • Panelist evaluation

    • Call for panelists opening: January 8

    • Call for panelists closing: January 22

    • Review of applications: March

  • Grant processing

    • Applicants notified of status: July

    • Funds processed for successful grantees: July

  • Final reports

    • Final report instructions released: June

    • Final reports due: July


Past Grantees

Folklife Apprenticeships have been given annually by MSAC since 2004 in direct support of individuals participating in living cultural traditions in Maryland. MSAC documents Folklife Apprenticeship teams in an effort to amplify the stories and advance the careers of folklife artists. The links below illustrate the work of some past Folklife Apprenticeship teams.