The Gadd/Merrill Fund was established in 1979 to provide funds for special programs that advance the aims of the Country Dance and Song Society. May Gadd was a guiding light for CDSS from 1927 until her death in 1979; she served as National Director until 1972. Phil Merrill was Music Director for many years and inspired numerous musicians and dancers; he died in 1985. The Fund offers support to CDSS members and groups in the form of loans and grants to activities that make dance and song available to a wider community in various ways, including event backing, publication loans, research grants, and other special projects. The Gadd/Merrill Fund is also used each summer to grant scholarships for aspiring leaders and musicians at our summer programs.