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Monday, December 11, 2017  
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GRAMMY® Week Celebration, Program Details, FAI Annual Report and more.
GRAMMY® Week Celebration, Program Details, FAI Annual Report and more.
E-News: December 2017
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Celebrate 2018 GRAMMY® Week with FAI in New York

Join Us to Celebrate the Nominees for Best Folk Album
Folk Alliance International is proud to invite you to an exclusive event in celebration of the 2018 GRAMMY® Week. Join us to acknowledge past and present Best Folk Album nominees and other American Roots music artists.
The afternoon event will feature performances, light hors-d'oeuvres, and refreshments. Performers will be announced in early 2018.

Event Details:
Joe's Pub
1 pm - 3:30 pm

Purchase Tickets

A Year in Review

    FAI published its annual report last month for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. This report represents a year of strategic growth and achievement in the folk music community.
    Read about our global expansion and intentional diversification of programming and personnel. Enjoy a snapshot of each of our public facing, year-round programs. Also, review the financial growth and stability in a summary of the past year.

    End of Year Fundraising Campaign

    FAI is a registered nonprofit that relies on multiple revenue streams including donations. In this season of giving, please consider donating to Folk Alliance international.
    Any amount is deeply appreciated and can be made securely at Donors to date are listed at, and all US donors receive a tax receipt.
    ** Matching fund – contributions made by December 31, 2017, will be matched through the generosity of an anonymous donor, doubling your impact.**
    Thank you for being a part of our community and for your support!
    Make a Charitable Donation to FAI

    Attention Members! Best Of 2017 Voting Commences Shortly

      All members of FAI may vote to determine recipients of the Artist, Album, and Song of the Year for 2017. Voting for the Best Of Awards opens December 13, 2017. Members can vote for the following categories: (Ballots will be sent via email next week.)
      *Finalists are compiled from "Best of 2017" radio and print media lists in the US, Canada, the UK, EU, and Australia in addition to the year-end Folk DJ chart.
      Ballots close one week later on December 20, 2017. Winners are announced February 14th, at the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs).
      The IFMAs are the premiere presentation of folk music industry awards. Awards and distinctions presented to honor leaders, legends, and rising talent include Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, and inductions into the folk DJ Hall of Fame. Additionally, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards were added in 2017 in a permanent commitment to honor the socially conscious roots of folk music.
      International Folk Music Awards
      The Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
      Wednesday, February 14, 2018
      7 pm
      The show will be expanded and recorded live as a part of celebrating Folk Alliance International’s 30th anniversary.
      Tickets are $10 for conference delegates and are available for public purchase for $35. Space is limited.

      *Delegates who have not yet purchased a ticket will receive an invitation next week.
      Purchase Public TIckets

      Conference Program Highlights

        Diversity and discovery aren’t just buzzwords here, they’re a philosophy that drives one of the most forward-looking organizations in the music business and well as perhaps the best music event you can attend, year after year. - Twangville
        Panels, workshops, and professional development sessions are the heart of the conference. Led by industry experts and streamlined into tracks for Industry, Presenter, Artist, and Community, program highlights include:
        Industry: Taking it Mainstream, Recording Roots Music Today, Getting Legal
        Presenters: Curation Beyond Ticket Sales, Importance of Radio Charts for Folk Music, Diversifying the Approach
        Artists: Crowdfunding, Performance & Stage Craft, Parenthood and the Artist Life
        Community: De-colonizing Folk, Health Insurance, Wisdom of the Whippersnappers
        For more information on panels, networking, and mentorship visit

        Five-Minute Reflections on FAI's 30 years

        During the conference, there will be a time for reminiscing about FAI's 30-year history. Apply here to present a five-minute reflection. Share your memories, anecdotes, and tales from past conferences. Tell us a tale of your favorite showcase, stairwell memory, keynote speaker, FAI connection, or volunteer experience.
        To submit your proposed reflecction, click here. The event takes place on Thursday, February 15 at 1 pm (location TBD).
        Global Summits
        This year FAI is launching a summit series for academics and industry specialists. These focused sessions are intended to re-introduce a deeper connection to the processes, people, and policies behind the scenes that help establish and maintain the rich ecology of folk music. The summits provide an opportunity for a global network of industry-specific peers to convene in one place to share knowledge, ideas, and goals.

        Each summit is an in-depth, two-hour session hosted by a thought leader in the field, and includes a guest speaker, directed discussion, and time for networking.
        2018 Global Summits:
        Hosted by the Nicole Saylor, Head of the Archive at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
        Hosted by Gregory Melchor-Barz, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Musicology/Ethnomusicology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and President-Elect, for the American Society for Ethnomusicology.
        Cultural Sector Planners & Funders:
        Co-hosted by Todd Stein, CEO of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance and Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services for the City of Kansas City, MO.
        The Global Summit program is limited to professionals in the fields of archiving, ethnomusicology, and cultural policy and funding. If you work in a professional capacity in any of the summit categories and are interested in applying to attend, please fill out this form.
        Help us spread the word!
        Click this link or the image to the left and share our conference video! Another resource to share is our 2018 conference flyer.
        Thank you!
        To purchase ad space in a future FAI e-newsletter, please email
        Additional 2018 Conference News and Info.
        Register for FAI
        Apply to Volunteer
        Book Your Hotel
        See Who's Attending FAI 30
        Register now! Winter Rate discount ends on January 29th.
        We are still seeking skilled volunteers. Non-member volunteers are currently on a waitlist.
        The Westin Crown Center is currently sold out. There are still rooms available at the Sheraton Hotel.
        Access the list of current 2018 conference registrants.
        Health Fair
        Offering information on healthy practices and current health care resources, this will be the 12th annual Health Fair at the FAI conference. The event includes general wellness resources as well as FREE dental and vision screenings, resources for drug addiction, carpal tunnel, and more.
        Visit our website to sign up for individual services.
        Refer a Friend
        Refer a first-timer and save money. You earn $50 towards your paid registration for each qualifying registrant who names you as their referral source.
        Refer five first-timers and earn $250. That's a free conference registration!
        Check out the details here and SAVE on registration for FAI 2018.
        For First-Timers
        Connecting Folk is a program to match first-time attendees with past attendees to share tips and advice. Sign up here!
        There are more than 400 First-Timers registered for the 2018 conference! Sometimes a simple conversation with someone who has been there can make all the difference in the world. First-time attendees can sign-up here and we’ll connect you with a peer who is ready and willing to answer your questions.
        Become a Guide
        Volunteer to become a Connecting Folk guide by filling out this form. Guides are asked to make a 30-minute commitment in advance of the conference for each first-timer connection in the form of a call or meeting. Once enrolled, FAI staff will connect you via email. At that point, it will be up to the guide and first-timer to arrange a phone or in-person meeting.
        Sign up deadline is January 21, 2018. Subject to availability.

        First-Timers Resources

        FAI's five-day event is a powerful platform for networking and career growth, but it can be hard to navigate for first-time attendees. If you are planning to attend the conference for the first time, please take a look at the following resources.
        FAQ Page: Visit this page for answers to our frequently asked questions.
        First-Timers Page: Resources for FAI newcomers.
        First-Timers Survival Guide: An insider's guide to getting the most out of the conference.
        First-Timers Q&A Forum: This forum is a friendly place to reach out to the membership for advice. You must be a member of FAI to post, but the forum feed is visible to the public.
        Two First-Timers Orientation sessions will be held at FAI: Wednesday, February 14th at 3:30 pm and Thursday, February 15th at 10:15 am (location TBD).
        More FAI
        Highlander Research & Education Center 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
        Lifetime Achievement Award Videos
        Each year, FAI presents three Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures, one Living, one Legacy, and one Organizational/Academic.

        Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.
        Social Media Shoutout
        We are thrilled for #FAI30 Official Showcase artist AHI (pronounced “eye”), an indie-soul/alt-folk songwriter from Canada. AHI recently recorded an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and once-again topped the Folk Chart on Spotify with his song Ol' Sweet Day which recently surpassed 1 million streams.
        Congratulations AHI!!!
        Attention Members! Do you have memorable news to share with us? Tag us on social media and let us know about the notable moments in your career!
        Don't forget to follow Folk Alliance International on social media and tag us in your photos. Be sure to search hashtags #FAI30 and #30YearsofFAI on social media for ongoing conference updates and posts.
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