Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Debra Cowan

Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school math teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months. There she learned the art of unaccompanied singing and upon her return to the USA in 1998 began traveling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Springfield, Massachusetts. Almost 20 years later, she is now a full-time performer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence. She can be seen in many venues, heard on both terrestrial and internet radio world-wide and will travel anywhere to sing. Her four recordings have been met with high praise world-wide and in June 2015, she was featured in the UK folk music magazine, Living Tradition. She tours extensively in the United Kingdom and in North America and can also be seen on stage with her good friend, singer and musician John Roberts. Debra is a proud member of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 and endorses Harvey Leach guitars. Between travels, she makes her home near Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband and their two cats, Hazel n’ Herman.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Debra
Job Title/Position: 
Performing Musician
Physical Address: 
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Last Name: 
Cowan
Phone: 
508-662-9746

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
1998
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
200
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
State
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
American Federation of Musicians Local 1000
Folk Alliance International
Awards: 
$150 Orleans Cultural Council (Massachusetts Cultural Council)$150 Shrewsbury Cultural Council (Massachusetts Cultural Council)
$400 Marblehead Cultural Council (Massachusetts Cultural Council)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Sound reinforcement for audience sizes larger than 100
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
3

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults