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FAI E-News June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The World Awaits:
Apply for an Official Showcase

It's that time of year again! Applications are open to showcase for over 300 presenters (festivals, venues, concert series), 200 media, 100 managers, 50 agents, and hundreds of industry reps from 18 different countries. Artists are invited to apply for one of 200 Official Showcases during the annual conference, taking place February 15-19, 2017, in Kansas City, MO. Selected artists are featured in the conference program book, mobile app, website, online radio, and advance social media promotion. Showcases are 30-minute sets with full production.

APPLY:  Applications are available online until October 3, 2016.

SELECTION PROCESS: All applications are reviewed according to their country of residence (U.S., Canada, or International) by an anonymous five-member jury of industry experts from each market.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists who had an Official Showcase in both 2015 and 2016 are not eligible to apply in 2017, but are invited to perform in Private Showcases and are welcome to apply again in 2018.
COST: The cost per artist submission is $30 until July 31, 2016, and then increases to $40.

DISCOUNT: FAI members receive a 50% discount off the application fee.
RESULTS: Results are announced October 31, 2016.

Discounted conference registrations are open here.  
Discounted hotel reservations can be made here.

Staff Update

FAI continues to grow in order to enhance services to our members, further deliver on our mission, and meet the international scope of our work.  We are a small but mighty crew, and we are thrilled to welcome another talented professional to our FAI family.

Welcome Erika C. Noguera to the FAI team as our new Communications Manager.

Erika is passionate about community development and civic engagement, believing that an engaged and empowered society is the strongest force of nature. She worked as a community organizer in the neighborhoods of Kansas City’s urban core and on a historic presidential campaign. Erika served in leadership roles at beloved community non-profit, The Mattie Rhodes Center, and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development, and Division of Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, Erika led the development of a new speaker's bureau and traveling thought leadership programs for a national events marketing firm. She is thrilled to be working with Folk Alliance International to engage the global folk music community through consistent, thoughtful, and innovative communications. Erika studied Anthropology at the University of Kansas, received her EMBA from UMKC, and is a fledgling ukulele player.

You can reach Erika at, or give her an old-fashioned call at 816-221-3655 ext. 7.

Click here for a complete staff listing. 


FAI has proudly featured a paid internship program for the past two years as on-the-job training, course-related practical experience, and professional development for college students who are interested in the music industry, folk music community, and arts administration. Internships are primarily focused on support of the day-to-day operations of the organization, with primary activity related to membership, marketing, research, and event planning.

Meet our summer interns. FAI is grateful to be working with these amazing women. Kolka is a senior public relations student at the University of Central Missouri. She also studies Spanish and will be attending the University of Alcalá in Spain this fall. After graduation, she hopes to do PR for either a nonprofit or work in an ad or marketing agency. Eventually, she would love to move somewhere where she can speak a lot of Spanish. When she isn’t at one of her two summer internships, she loves bike riding, knitting, exploring the city, and taking long naps on the couch. Jacobs recently graduated from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City. She completed the KCPS Early College Academy program and received an Associate's degree from Penn Valley Community College. She is a singer and actress who performs locally. This fall Bre will be attending Columbia College Chicago and as of right now, she plans on studying Contemporary, Urban, Popular Music and Marketing.

We are now accepting applications for Fall internships. Please apply here.

FAI Goes Green

FAI is proud to announce it has adopted a robust Environmental Impact approach to all operations and events. Partnering with Bridging the Gap (a regional sustainability nonprofit), FAI is committed to enhanced recycling and waste-diversion practices in the office, at all public events, and at the conference.

A full overview of our Environmental Impact Plan for the conference will be shared at a future date and will highlight the following items:

  • reusable water bottles
  • sustainable wood key cards
  • monitored recycling stations
  • reduced use of posters and flyers
  • the hotel's Green Choice program
  • carpool and eco-transportation options
  • recycled paper and soy ink use for FAI publications

Deadlines for 2017 Conference

July 5, 2016 - Volunteer Applications Open
August 1, 2016 - Private Showcase Host Applications Open
August 31, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Early Bird Prices End
September 1, 2016 - Scholarship Applications Open
October 3, 2016 - Official Showcase Applications Due
October 31, 2016 - Official Showcase Artists Announced
November 30, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Fall Registration Rate Ends
January 31, 2017 - NEW earlier date - Winter Registration Rate Ends
February 1, 2017 - NEW FINAL RATE - Final Registration Rate Starts

Click HERE for a list of all deadlines.

Member Benefits

FAI is happy to announce an additional member benefit with new partner HotelStorm! 

HotelStorm negotiates hotel discounts up to 55% over other online travel agencies. To take advantage of this benefit, members must log in and receive a password to search the exclusive site for tour destination or festival travels.

Still Searching...

Thank you to everyone who helped us reconnect with past board members with whom we lost contact; however, there are still some folks on that elusive list. If you are in contact with anyone named below, please let them know we are hoping to connect as we prepare for our 30th annual conference in 2018. You can also send contact information to

  • Ray Bloom
  • Camila Bryce-Laport
  • Barbara Karol
  • Jo Long
  • Doug Miller
  • Hardin Davis
Heartfelt thanks to the anonymous donor who left a media cart outside our Kansas City office. It has already been put to great use. 

There are still a number of items on FAI's in-kind wish list. Be a folk music hero, and check out the list here. FAI will provide a tax deduction letter in exchange for all donations.

Job Board

In-Market Position
Six Shooter Records

Nashville, TN, USA

Supervisor, Special Events [Music]
City of Toronto - Economic Development & Culture

Toronto, ON, CAN

Executive Director
Arts Council of Hillsborough County
Tampa, FL

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