Professional development and knowledge sharing is a core aspect of FAI’s annual conference. This year there are over 30 panels and workshops featuring industry leaders, expert speakers, and timely topics grouped in tracks for Artists, Industry, Presenters, and general Community interest.
Topics range from Musicians’ Health, Audience Development, Redefining Diversity, Archiving, the Retail Revival, Navigating DC music policy, Studio Tips, Technology updates, Agent and Management best practices, as well as Legal and Publishing issues, and many more. Additionally there are market specific panels to demystify touring in the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.
Subject to change, the full schedule, panel descriptions, and participants to date are available here: www.folk.org/panels.
A reminder that the full Winter Music Camp schedule of master classes offered at the adjacent Sheraton hotel can be found at: www.folk.org/camp.
Volunteers Welcome! Interested in attending the FAI conference for free?? Current FAI members are eligible to volunteer. By working 16 hours at the conference, we will grant you one full conference registration - save money & volunteer. Apply today!
Reserve Your Hotel Room Rooms are going fast - some nights are already sold out! Be sure to book your hotel room at either the Westin or the Sheraton. If you book your hotel online and receive a 'room block sold out' message for one of the days, you need to call the hotel directly to make your reservation. You will receive the discounted rate where available but will have to pay regular rates for the 'room block sold out' date.The room block rate is only available until February 5 so book now!
For those of you interested in sharing travel costs or hotel rooms, we have set up a forum on our website. The Hotel & Ride Share Forum is for members to coordinate between themselves - Folk Alliance will not coordinate for you.
Media Credentials This year FAI has initiated a new online system for media credentials and coverage. To streamline the process media representatives are asked to register for a media pass by submitting a brief electronic form. The deadline to apply for media credentials is February 3.
Advertising Opportunities Print Ads for the 2016 Program Book & Pocket Guide are sold out, but Digital Ad space is still available. Digital Ads are limited to 4per artist and are great for announcing your showcase times. FINAL ARTWORK DUE February 3 by 5pm CST. Contact Alex Mallett, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Take the Archive Challenge! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress. To celebrate, Folk Alliance International (FAI) joins the AFC to invite YOU to perform your own version of a song, tune, or story from the AFC Archive on the 40th Anniversary Showcase Stage at the 2016 Conference. You can find out more info on our website at www.folk.org/archive.
Listen Online! Listen to the 2016 Official Showcase artists online on either Magnifi or Spotify.
Flying With Your Instrument
Preparing for air travel with instruments is risky, delicate, and often frustrating. As you prepare to travel, decisions you make along the way will lead you to a solution that’s right for your needs and resources. Airplane cargo holds are notoriously dangerous places for instruments.
Folk Alliance International created a tip sheet to print and have handy in your instrument case which has suggestions for traveling with an instrument and new DOT/FAA language regarding federal laws on US air travel with instruments effective March 6, 2015.
Crossing the Border:
Non-US Artists Take Note
Traveling into the US (even for a conference you are paying to attend) requires a different approach than simply entering as a tourist. FAI has prepared an overview for your use, available at: www.folk.org/visas. A helpful site to reference is www.artistsfromabroad.org.
Should you run into issues in advance or at the border please be aware of the wonderful and free services of TamizdatAVAIL, a non-profit staffed by legal professionals and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. TamizdatAVAIL provides both urgent and long-term solutions to pervasive U.S. visa problems faced by the performing arts community.
Our deepest thanks to the donors who supported the overall mission of Folk Alliance International as a 501c3 organization during our donor campaign. Donations received by December 31, 2015 were matched by an anonymous donor - we have currently raised over $18,000! Our goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of June - help us reach our goal and donate today!
The American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the 2016 Henry Reed Fund Award to support activities directly involving root-tradition folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center.