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FAI E-News September 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  
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FAI On the Road

Part of being an international arts organization means getting out and about to build relationships, support our members, and discover great folk music around the world. 

This summer our staff traveled to various industry events including A2IM (NYC), MIDEM (Cannes), and Arts Midwest (Milwaukee). Festival attendance included La Grande Rencontre (Montreal), the Kingsville Folk Festival (Ontario), the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Walnut Valley (Kansas), the Tønder Festival (Tønder), and Live at Heart (Örebro).

FAI's annual public event, the Kansas City Folk Festival, also presented showcase stages at Boulevardia, KC Irish Fest, and the Crossroads Music Festival.

We're not slowing down anytime soon, so be sure to look for our staff this Fall at:

FAI Team Profiles

FAI benefits from the support of two field staff who serve as our ears and eyes on the ground in Canada and outside of North America. They are a primary point of contact for industry organizations and artists alike for general questions and showcase inquiries.

Canadian Representative: Ana Miura

Since FAI’s inception, Canada has played a key role as part of the organization, presenting US artists and bringing new talent to US presenters. Working to maintain key partnerships, recommend jurors, and deepen industry relationships, Ottawa-based Ana Miura serves at FAI’s Canadian representative. Ana’s background includes staff roles with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Bluesfest, and Chamberfest. In addition to touring as a songwriter, she is the Founder of the fundraising charity Babes4Breasts and is Director of Miura Arts & Event Consulting. Contact Ana at


International Representative: Sheena Keane

Representing FAI outside of North America, the International Representative role is responsible for promoting FAI, developing industry relationships, informing artists of showcase opportunities and processes, advising the office, recommending jury members, and overseeing the Tradewinds International Networking event during the conference. Based in Ireland, Sheena Keane is a longtime FAI attendee who has worked as a multi-disciplinary curator for festivals, artist residencies, and arts centers, and has managed, tour managed, and project managed international artists throughout their worldwide tours and careers. Contact Sheena at

Click here for a complete staff listing. 

Conference Flyer

Our 2017 Conference flyer is being sent to key industry offices and will be available at various conferences and events this fall.

Check out the digital copy here.

If you'd like a printed version to distribute on our behalf contact

Marketing Opportunities

The visual culture of the annual FAI conference is legendary. Promote your music business! Click here for a digital copy of our sales deck.

Contact Alex Mallett at or 816.221.3655 x6.

First Timer Scholarships

Industry and artist applications for scholarships are now open. If you (or someone you know) have never been to the conference and are interested in attending, now is the time to apply.

In 2016, FAI provided over $40,000 in First Timer Scholarships.
Membership is required to be considered to receive a partial or full scholarship with a value of up to $450 U.S.

Support is limited to available scholarship funds. Donations to the fund can be made at

EARN MONEY BACK: New Referral Program

FAI’s NEW Referral Incentive Program for first-time attendees is a great way to save money and introduce new folks to our community. If you refer a First Timer to the conference and they name you as their referral source, you earn $50. Refer 5 First Timers and earn $250. Both parties (referrer and First Timer) must be members of FAI and have paid full registration to qualify. For more details on how to participate in this program visit our site

Apply, Register, Reserve!

Perform for hundreds of presenters, industry reps, and media that attend our conference. Applications close on October 3. 

Discounted Fall registration ends on November 30th

Discounted rates available.


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Membership Discount

Since 1995, No Depression has helped solidify the importance of folk and roots music. 

FAI members who wish to subscribe to No Depression’s print journal now receive a 10% discount on an annual subscription when they use the discount code provided in the members' section of our website.

For more information and a list of member benefits visit our site.

Folk Alliance Partner Events

FAI is proud to be a promotional sponsor for upcoming events.

Making Movies Carnaval
September 24, 2016 @ 6pm
Knuckleheads Saloon 
Tickets | More Info.
Bluegrass Ramble at IBMA's World of Bluegrass
September 27 - October 1 | Raleigh, NC​
Visit FAI Sponsored Showcase Stage on 9.29
Tickets | More Info.
Ellen Stapenhorst in concert with Staley Falcon Chorale
October 9, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
Unity Temple, Kansas City
Tickets available for purchase at the door.
Canadian Folk Music Awards
December 2-3, 2016
Toronto, ON, CAN
Tickets | More Info.

Folk Alliance Regions

Upcoming Folk Alliance International Regional Conferences

SWRFA - Southwest Regional Folk Alliance 
September 28 - October 2, 2016 

Austin, TX
Buy Tickets/ More Info. Here
October 27-30:         FARM - Folk Alliance Region Midwest / Iowa City, IA 
October 13-16:         FAR-WEST - Folk Alliance Region - West / Bellevue, WA
November 10-13:     NERFA - Northeast Regional Folk Alliance / Stamford, CT
May 17-21, 2017:     SERFA - Southeast Regional Folk Alliance / Montreat, NC


Each year, we present the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of some of the great Legends of Folk. As a part of the award process, FAI produces a short-documentary to commemorate these great artists and to do our part to share the rich history of folk music with our community. 
Click to view a newly created video of the inaugural 1995 Award Winner, Pete Seeger, and visit our Lifetime Achievement Awards page for the full archive of these priceless videos.

Job Board

Executive Director
Copenhagen, DEN


Cultural Arts Manager
City of Carlsbad, California
Carlsbad, CA, USA


Executive Director
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Baltimore, MD, USA


Marketing & Sponsorship Manager
Canadian Music Week
Mississauga, ON, CAN

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