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Gene Shay Scholarship (Emerging Folk DJ)

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Gene Shay is frequently referred to as the "Dean of Folk DJs." His career has spanned more than five decades on six different radio stations in the Philadelphia market, most recently at WXPN, where he did his final Sunday night folk show on February 1, 2015. Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Phil Ochs,and Tom Waits are just a few of the artists he interviewed early in their careers, a tradition that he's continued with today's best artists.

Beyond his radio work, Gene brought Bob Dylan to Philadelphia in 1963 for his debut concert, is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and co-owner of Sliced Bread Records. He was present at the creation of Folk Alliance, and he was given Folk Alliance's first Folk DJ lifetime achievement award. Above all, he has been a friend and mentor to countless artists and DJs.

In his honor, the Gene Shay Scholarship has been established to annually send a Folk DJ for the first time to the Folk Alliance International conference. The award will include complimentary registration courtesy of FAI, plus hotel accommodations and at least a portion of travel costs.


$2,486
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$3,000

Folk Alliance International, 512 Delaware Street, Kansas City MO 64105 • 816-221-FOLK (3655) • fai@folk.org

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