Spreading joy and building community through dance, music, and song for 100 years
~ News and Notes for Affiliate Groups ~

We appreciate all you to do bring dance, music, and song into the world, and we work diligently behind the scenes to support your efforts. Here's what we've been up to lately: 

Matching Scholarships Still Available for CDSS Summer Programs

Photo by Doug Plummer
Photo by Doug Plummer
It's not too late for YOUR group to help someone from your community attend a week-long CDSS summer camp! Through our Matching Scholarships program, we offer one-on-one matches of funding from CDSS and our affiliate groups.

Please choose from your up-and-coming leaders, musicians, callers, or organizers, and support them in benefiting from this life-changing experience. They're sure to bring back new skills and fresh energy to boost your community.

To apply, first find out which weeks still have space, check out camp weeks chart. Then fill out the application form.

Please apply SOON! Scholarship funds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Linda Henry at outreach@cdss.org.

An Easy New Way to Place an Ad in the CDSS News!

Advertising in the quarterly CDSS News is an easy, cost-effective way to publicize your event and we've put together an online form to make booking your ad a breeze. It's a one-step way to reserve your space in an upcoming issue, submit your ad copy, and pay for your ad. You'll find the form here. Questions? Contact news@cdss.org

Note: There's an exciting change coming to the  CDSS News - one issue per year will be an online only edition, and for 2018 it's the Fall issue. Your ad in this digital edition will be in full color and have the added advantage of letting our members click directly through to your website. We're working on the ad sizes, specs, and rates now and let you know all the details soon.

Add Your Own Events to the CDSS Online Calendar!

Events Calendar
YOU want to get the word out about your traditional dance, music, and song events. WE want to make our online events calendar the go-to resource for TDMS events in the US and Canada. So we're making it easier to get listed by allowing you to add your own one-time and repeating events to the calendar. It's a win-win! 

To submit your dance, sing, or other event, go here and click on the "Add an event" link. If you have any questions (such as how to set up event repeats), check out this step-by-step tutorial complete with screen shots. 

Once you submit your event, we'll review it and approve it ASAP. It's that simple! 

Your Feedback Needed - Take Part in the US Organizers Survey!

We want to hear from US organizers! What are your challenges? What are you proud of? How can CDSS best serve you? To let us know, take a few minutes to complete this  quick survey.

What we learn will inform our strategic planning and impact the organizer support that CDSS focuses on over the upcoming years.

Please share among your organization as multiple people from one organization are welcome to participate. Please also share with other traditional song, dance, and music organizers in your area - spread the word wide!

Survey closes on April 13th.

Callers and Group Liability Insurance Renews May 1st!

The liability insurance that CDSS offers for Callers and Group Affiliates renews annually on May 1, 2018 and will run through April 30, 2019. The 2018-2019 rates will remain the same as last year. Those of you who were enrolled during 2017-2018 will receive a renewal notice in the mail. Applications and information for the upcoming year are now available on the website

Don't currently have liability insurance for your group's events or yourself as a caller? Now is also a great opportunity to sign up for the first time if you've not previously had coverage!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch: services@cdss.org, 413-203-5467.

Country Dance & Song Society
116 Pleasant St, Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027 | 413-203-5467 | CDSS.ORG