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2016 Panels & Day Schedule

 

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

CONFERENCE
Tote Bag Stuffing
Washington Park Place Foyer, Westin Hotel
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    


Post Tote Bag Stuffing Party
18th Floor Suite - Room 1843, Westin Hotel
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM    
After stuffing 2,500 tote bags, you'll need a break! Join us for a party to celebrate all of your hard work.


Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

CONFERENCE
Registration
Washington Park Place I, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


KC Bus Tours

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM    


Exhibit Hall Setup (exhibitors only)
Century A & B - Exhibit Hall, Westin Hotel
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM    


First Timers Meeting
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Long time Folk Alliance International members give first time conference attendees a look behind the curtain with advice on how to get the most out of the week. Folk Alliance International staff will also participate.


Private Showcase Presenter Meeting
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    


Instrument Check
Penn Valley, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM    


Merch
Garden Terrace, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM    
Check out the 2016 FAI merch - onesies, trucker hats, beanies and more!


Opening Reception Hosted by Culture Ireland, Mid-America Arts Alliance and Browne's Irish Marketplace
Century Foyer, Westin Hotel
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    


Instrument Check

10:30 PM - 4:00 AM    
Room 706


Thursday, February 18th, 2016

CONFERENCE
Registration
Washington Park Place I, Westin Hotel
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


Exhibit Hall Setup (exhibitors only)
Century A & B - Exhibit Hall, Westin Hotel
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Breakfast with the Board
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM    
Sponsors by Polsinelli


Annual General Meeting
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    
Join us as our Board of Directors welcomes its newest members, and we recap the past year. A Q&A will follow the reports. All registrants are welcome.


Exhibit Hall
Century A & B - Exhibit Hall, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    
Drop by the hall to talk to the agents, managers and labels representing showcasing artists, sign contracts, and network with peers. Collect your daily ticket in the hall for a chance to win a complimentary registration for FAI 2017.


Mentorship Meetings
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    
Get one-on-one career advice via our “ask-me-anything” 10 minute mentor sessions. Advance sign-up is required (online or at the Info Booth) for short meetings with industry insiders and Folk Alliance Board Members. These morning networking events are a great opportunity to pick the brain of an industry insider and may even kick off a game-changing relationship.


Instrument Check
Penn Valley, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


Community Booths
Century Foyer, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    


Yoga
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    


Preview of American Epic
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation. 

The AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS features performances by Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin & The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White.


Kansas City Music Scene
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    
Join a who's who of Kansas City musicians and music industry representatives as they discuss the vibrant music scene of Kansas City. Record labels, venues, festivals, national acts, emerging artists, and industry leaders abound.


First Timers Meeting
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    
Long time Folk Alliance International members give first time conference attendees a look behind the curtain with advice on how to get the most out of the week. Folk Alliance International staff will also participate.


Private Showcase Presenter Meeting
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    


Discovery 101
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Everyone wants to be the first to hear a new artist and share new music with the world. Get a step up on finding out about the next big thing by learning how writers, DJs and presenters and folks in PR mine for new discoveries.


Inspiration Inc.
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
What inspires you? Our panelists make songwriting look so easy, but even the best get hit by writer’s block every now and then. Join us for some tips on how to get the inspiration flowing again when you’re stuck in a creative slump.


Health Care for Musicians
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Until recently, health insurance was out of the reach of many musicians. Long Term Care insurance, HSAs, deductibles aren't always top of mind --until we need them. Health care for musicians exists --and has saved the lives and careers of some of your friends. Get an overview of resources and programs for the US and when you're overseas. Plus: how the federal health care exchange saved Amy Speace's career. Be prepared!


Legendary US Venues
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
What's the secret to thriving in a business that is ever changing? Learn from those who have lived it: legendary U.S. clubs that have withstood the test of time. The Ark, Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, The Birchmere, Old Town School and others will weigh in on the victories and challenges of presenting, sharing their view on how they have continued to bring the music to the people.


Wanted....Agent?
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
When is the right time to get an agent? Compare pros and cons of self-representation versus the support of a professional dedicated to the business of booking, negotiations, fees, and contracts. If you’re doing it yourself, there’s a lot more to getting gigs than just emailing a club. This panel will provide you with tips to professionalize your approach, increase your bottom line, and ensure you are covering all the key aspects of a deal.


Broadcasting In the New Digital Age -- Challenges and Solutions for Programmers
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Join us for an open discussion of what matters to broadcasters: playlists, radio servicing, and how to get more listeners. Whether you're putting together a program for a worldwide audience, a podcast, or community station, we want to hear from you.


Operation “PR”
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Let’s be frank: your press release sucks. And your bio is lousy, too. And that’s not good, because they’re the first thing a content producer, DJ or journalist sees. And if yours are awful, they may not even bother listening to the first track on your CD. But good press materials, distributed correctly, can help you immensely. Our pros are here to provide a critical analysis of your PR and discuss the best ways to get the word out.


21st Century Archives
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Media collections are growing exponentially with user-generated content layered on top of years of professional recordings and images. How can we be good stewards of the wealth of music history we’ve amassed? From collection to archive, come join other music obsessives including presenters, label folks, archivists, and tapers for a wide-ranging discussion about the practical realities of attacking a limitless opportunity with limited resources. 
Come prepared to share and receive tips, tricks, tools and resources to help us advance the state of our archives.


International Collaborations - The House of Songs
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Since 2009 The House of Songs (an organization based in a real house in Austin) has invited talented musicians from various countries to meet and collaborate, then helps them share their work with audiences around the world. The project facilitates a unique experience for songwriters while fostering relationships and creating new works. This panel gathers some key partners to explain the genesis, logistics, and adventures of this endeavor.


Website Derby
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Presenter & Artist Website Derby: Come to witness an expert critique of current sites of attending audience members and recieve industry best practice advice on how to make it better. See what is working for others that might work for you. Audience comments are welcome and encouraged.


Publishing Demystified
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Since the advent of the digital age, many artist's strategy has shifted away from getting that "big record deal" to place more emphasis on combining multiple income sources to make a living. But how does a music publishing deal translate into other revenue streams? And what's music placement all about? Gain a working knowledge of the state of publishing in 2016 and how to use your songs to support your artistry.


Folk DJ Reception
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM    
This event is designed for anyone interested in meeting the people who are the voices of Folk Music on the Radio and the Internet. It is an opportunity for publicists, artists, agents, labels and anyone else to MEET the Folk DJ’s all in the same room at the same time. You do not have to be a dj to participate or attend, but we do encourage all djs and radio media people to join us. Donations are requested, but not required.


Peer Session - Agents
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Peer Session - Managers
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Peer Session - House Concerts
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Peer Session - Festivals
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Peer Session - Venues
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Merch
Garden Terrace, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM    
Check out the 2016 FAI merch - onesies, trucker hats, beanies and more!


Instrument Check

10:30 PM - 4:00 AM    
Room 706


Friday, February 19th, 2016

CONFERENCE
Regional Breakfast Sponsored by Grassy Hill Entertainment
Roanoke Foyer, Westin Hotel
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM    
Meet the leaders of your local region and many of the folks who are attending from your region. A great way to make new friends in your own back yard and see how you can contribute to the growth of your Folk Alliance International region. Information will be available on special regional activities and the annual Folk Alliance International Regional Conferences. A continental breakfast is available for the early risers.


Regional Meeting - FARM
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Regional Meeting - International (East), FAR-West (West)
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Regional Meeting - SERFA
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Regional Meeting - SWRFA
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Regional Meeting - NERFA
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    


Registration
Washington Park Place I, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


Exhibit Hall
Century A & B - Exhibit Hall, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    
Drop by the hall to talk to the agents, managers and labels representing showcasing artists, sign contracts, and network with peers. Collect your daily ticket in the hall for a chance to win a complimentary registration for FAI 2017.


Peer Session - Media
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.


Instrument Check
Penn Valley, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


Community Booths
Century Foyer, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    


Mentorship Meetings
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM    
Get one-on-one career advice via our “ask-me-anything” 10 minute mentor sessions. Advance sign-up is required (online or at the Info Booth) for short meetings with industry insiders and Folk Alliance Board Members. These morning networking events are a great opportunity to pick the brain of an industry insider and may even kick off a game-changing relationship.


Touring Australia and New Zealand
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    
Touring the southern hemisphere during the dead of winter in North America always sounds like a great idea. Hear practical advice and information for anyone planning to work or tour in Australia & New Zealand. Includes discussion on key steps, pitfalls, must do's, industry associations, conferences, venues and festivals, booking cycles, and business norms from those working in the area. A great way to get a generous head start on researching this desirable touring market.


The Value of a Union
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    
Whether you are an established artist or just beginning your creative project, your union can provide support in a variety of ways. Hear clear explanations on union benefits, pensions, and visas, and get a greater understanding about the support and representation the union provides for its members all year round.


On the Griddle: Song & Recording Review
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    
Ever wonder how a radio music director decides which recording to add for airplay? Our panel of radi​o, venue​​ and production experts will listen to the first sixty seconds of your song and give instant ​impressions​. They’ll weigh in on ​programming uses, ​production qualities​,​ and ​business opportunities and share their initial reactions to your work​​. Pick your song carefully--you have only one minute to make an impression! Marked CDs will be collected at the beginning of the workshop and chosen by blind lottery. Do you have what it takes to sit in the hot seat?


Yoga
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    


Tech 2.0
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Focusing on the latest trends, programs, companies and opportunities in tech, this panel will include a look at a new mobile rewards and advertising platform for live events and concerts built specifically to reward dedicated live music fans, while providing artists with new revenue streams.


Tour Smarter, Not Harder
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Tour smarter, not harder. Sounds impossible, but it's not. Take it from those who know: our seasoned pros will share their secrets for touring with less stress and more return. Bring a notepad or a recorder, because you're going to want to save all these tips on cutting costs, while upping your revenue and growing your community. This session will also include frank talk on the importance of nurturing professional relationships and productive "super-fan" engagement.


Audience Development
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
The role of a presenter isn't just to entertain the audience, but also to engage and grow a community that keeps coming back for more. So how do you hit the right mix of old favorites and new artists, and shake things up a bit without alienating your core audience? Our panel of experts will share their secrets, along with tips for community engagement and audience development.


Navigating DC's Music Legislation and Policies
Washington Park Place II & III Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Elections are exciting but the policy process never ends. From effective copyright enforcement to deciding how big an instrument you can carry on the plane, federal officials are dealing daily with issues directly impacting our community. Washington insiders join us for some plain talk about issues important to the music business and what YOU can do to help shape these policies. This is an off the record discussion.


How Labels Thrive
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
2016 finds us well into the digital age, with easy access to tools that make it possible to support a DIY career. What does this mean for the traditional record label? Many are not just surviving, but thriving. What’s the trick to innovation and evolution? Our experts discuss what steps they took to make sure their label survives and stays relevant as the music business model changes.


Variations on a Theme
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Roger Alan Nichols and Kim Richey wrote a new song for this panel and recorded multiple versions of it - each sound quite different because of how they were recorded and developed. Follow the process of the song; from conception, co-writing, initial demos into final versions. Roger and Kim will discuss their collaborative process in this endeavor as writers from very different backgrounds coming together to determine lyric, melody, sound and recording techniques, followed by Q&A.


The Original Folk Revival
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
The Folk Revival came into full flower in the 1960s, when thousands of young people were suddenly strumming guitars, picking banjos, sawing on fiddles and flocking to festivals, concerts, hootenannies and coffeehouses. College kids sang about lumbermen, miners, farmers, whalers and fair maidens in old England. As they sang, many marched for peace, civil rights and no nukes. It was a time of discovery, optimism, creativity and camaraderie that has flourished and grown ever since. We’re still doing it 60 years later, better than ever!


Retail Revival
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Despite all odds, retail is back! When music entered the digital age, many in the music business feared that physical product would be gone forever, or at least fade away to the point where retail outlets would disappear. But we’re seeing boutique music outlets flourishing. Join our experts for a discussion of the 2016 consumer experience—including why vinyl continues to shape the future of music.


Touring Canada
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Yes, it’s a very big country. Yes, it’s full of music lovers. There's more to this panel than just than the fastest routes between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg -- join us for a smart and savvy overview of information essential for anyone planning to work or tour in Canada. Topics will include business norms, booking cycles, industry associations, conferences, venues, festivals, and other key information and must do's to help you avoid pitfalls in the true north strong and free.


Managers Unite
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
A forum on the critical role, relationship, and resources of a good manager. Understand when you may need one, how to get one, what it takes to be one, and how to be a good one, from those working successfully in our folk community today.


Organizational Health
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
What are the standard processes and best practices for operating a healthy non-profit? What is stakeholder research? Why are Strategic Plans important? This panel will provide an overview of necessary and effective approaches and considerations critical to the future of your organization, and an evolving mission, providing a review of good business steps to keep your organization and community relevant, growing, and engaged.


Touring the UK and Ireland
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
If you are planning to work or tour in the United Kingdom and Ireland, attend this essential and practical overview from a variety of perspectives, from artist to agent to promoter. Learn key steps, pitfalls, must do's, industry associations, conferences, venues and festivals, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.


Redefining Diversity
Washington Park Place II & III Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
What do songs tell us about people and society today? Should we rise up singing again? Lyrics have always been a way to express social and political commentary. This panel, open to everyone, will be a wide ranging conversation not just acknowledging the continued struggles related to youth, gender, sexuality, and race in the folk community and industry, but discussing how the arts can lead the way in fostering and embracing diversity.


Keynote Speaker - Judy Collins
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
Keynote address to begin following the Artist in Residency Program - Joe Crookston partnering with the The National WWI Museum and Memorial.


Reception Hosted by "I'll Fly Away" Foundation celebrating the 110th birthday of Albert E. Brumley
Century Foyer, Westin Hotel
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    


Instrument Check

10:30 PM - 4:00 AM    
Room 706


Saturday, February 20th, 2016

CONFERENCE
Registration
Washington Park Place I, Westin Hotel
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    


Exhibit Hall
Century A & B - Exhibit Hall, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    
Drop by the hall to talk to the agents, managers and labels representing showcasing artists, sign contracts, and network with peers. Collect your daily ticket in the hall for a chance to win a complimentary registration for FAI 2017.


Mentorship Meetings
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    


The Gene Shay Songwriters Critique
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Join us at the longest running workshop at Folk Alliance International.The workshop is as much a songwriting help session as a critique. We request that each songwriter plans on performing one song that she or he just finished, is in the process of completing, or wants to further polish. These should not be recorded songs. We request songwriters provide the panel with a lyric sheet. The panel will offer gentle, constructive criticism on how to tweak and improve the song, addressing lyrics and melody. This is not a performance critique. We also hope that participants will stay for most of the session to provide their fellow songwriters with an audience. All conference attendees are welcome to attend. Some amazingly great songs from both well known and unknown songwriters have debuted at this workshop. Sign up in advance at the information booth.


Instrument Check
Penn Valley, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM    


PROs and Small Venues
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Inspired by the House Concert agreement brokered by FAI with the Performing Rights Organizations, a commitment was made to explore what if any agreement might be made for small venues. This session is a town-hall style open discussion and a request for input from attendees regarding what might be important to them in a potential Small Venue deal. Please note there is not yet an active discussion between FAI and the PRO’s on this matter, this is simply an information gathering opportunity.


Community Booths
Century Foyer, Westin Hotel
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    


Yoga
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    


Hidden Treasures in the Woody Guthrie Archives
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
A presentation of some of the "hidden treasures" of the archives and the insight they provide regarding Woody's ability to promote social justice in song. Join the panel as they explore unusual texts, artwork, artifacts, and manuscripts that reveal what Woody saw and the ways he expressed his world with a glimpse into the many hidden gems in the archives are yet to be discovered by scholars and the general public.


Better Bookkeeping
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
A critical workshop on financial management for musicians, entrepreneurs, and independent business owners. Topics will include: sole proprietorship versus partnerships or S corps, expense management techniques, taxation, and retirement planning and fundraising. Essential information for those who love dealing with the numbers and those who know they should!


Studio & Production Tips
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
They say you can produce a great sounding album on a laptop... but is that the reality? Whether you're working at the kitchen table or a pro studio, join us for tips on saving time and money without sacrificing great sound. This panel will address the benefits of hiring professionals (producer, musicians) and studios and also when and what you can do yourself. Stretch your recording budget, head-off production issues, and get insights into best studio practices.


Legally Speaking
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
This panel is a crash course on the INs and OUTs of music industry agreements covering the major deal points and red flags. Discussion will center around the basics of recording, publishing, management, and distribution deals, with an emphasis on what is reasonable to manage on your own, and when it is critical for you to engage a professional. There will be time for Q & A.


Additional Income in Folk Music
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Today, many musicians are diversifying their revenue streams by incorporating other creative projects and entrepreneurial endeavors into their portfolio. Whether it’s web-design, producing events, innovative merchandize, music instruction and workshops, or home-made goods, some of our most celebrated musicians have come up with innovative ways to make money beyond their artistic career. Join us for a discussion of productive ways to support your creative life. This session will include Q&A.


What Fans Want
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Artists are searching for more diverse ways to fund albums, tours and more. Catch this spotlight on Pledge Music discussing the growth of crowd-source format. Hear some provocative approaches to fan engagement and inclusion, take apart a campaign, and understand why it works or doesn’t, and increase your chances of success.


The Routes of Roots
Washington Park Place II & III Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Roots music weaves together the folk and world music genres, drawing on traditional approaches while embracing an entrepreneurial approach to new composition. Roots music span centuries of cross-pollinations and experiments. This panel will explore the range of instruments and styles that has infused North American music with sounds, rhythms, and improvisations from many cultures and styles.


Take the Archive Challenge
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    
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 by hosting an open mic for conference attendees to perform a version of a song, tune, or story from the AFC Archive on the 40th Anniversary Showcase Stage.


Rediscovery of Polish Instruments
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and professor at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Maria Pomianowska is the artistic director of the Cross Culture Festival and has toured and presented all over the world. She personally reconstructed two forgotten Polish instruments, the suka from Bilgoraj and a fiddle from Plock. In this presentation she will share an overview of Polish music, the continued presence of the folk tradition, and her efforts to promote and preserve them.


Leading the Way
Pershing East/West Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Times are changing in the music business -- have you noticed that things are looking a bit different in the front office of many companies lately? Join us for a discussion of the changing face of leadership, management methods and other new norms in the music industry.


Touring Scandinavia
Roanoke Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
You sure know a lot about IKEA furniture, but not a lot about touring Scandinavia. Get a practical overview on touring or working in this market, including how to conduct business, industry associations, conferences, venues and festivals, booking cycles, and how to avoid major pitfalls and key do's and don'ts.


Touring the USA
Shawnee Mission Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Your affection for the broad stripes and bright stars only grows with the thought of touring or working in the USA. This essential overview for anyone planning to work or tour in America will address key steps, pitfalls, must do's, industry associations, conferences, venues and festivals, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.


Environmentally Yours
Pershing South Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Your festival, event, or organization provides a major social, financial and cultural benefits to your area. But, they also have a significant environmental impact on the community. Join some of our greenest festival and event producers for a discussion of their best practices and pick up some new tips for greening your event. This panel will include time for Q&A.


Global Folk
Brookside Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Bluegrass is all-American to us, but can be “world music” to someone who has never set foot in the United States. Traditional “folk music” of many other countries has been relegated to the “world” music classification by English speaking music industry over the years. This panel will provide an overview of the international folk (world) music scene, discussing key markets, conferences, programming pitfalls, and cross-pollination opportunities.


Visas and Border Crossings
Washington Park Place II & III Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
Expanding into new touring markets the right way takes time and research. The process and paperwork involved in crossing the border can seem daunting. Join us for a frank review of the process, including discussion of current requirements, rational, cost and issues will help you to best use your time to bring your music to new audiences.


Wisdom of the Elders
Liberty Ballroom, Westin Hotel
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    
With so many new voices on the scene, countless changes in technology and communication, and the passing of friends and folk legends each year, it’s worth pausing every now and then to celebrate our elders. Many of these community leaders and folk music pioneers have been interviewed individually over the years, but in 2010 Sonny Ochs entertained the idea of presenting legends and luminaries of the folk community in small group settings where they could interact and share stories and perspectives about their experiences over a lifetime in folk music. This year’s panel includes Don Bird, Si Kahn and Wisdom of the Elders creator Sonny Ochs. The host is Canadian Luthier and musician Grit Laskin.


Music Cities
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM    
Music delivers a knockout punch when it comes to cultural and social benefits, as well as economic impacts. Municipalities around the world are catching onto the power of the music economy, making "music cities" a global trend. By examining about 25 different cities, Music Canada and IFPI have mapped out some of the most common challenges, opportunities and effective strategies in a world-first report called "The Mastering of a Music City". Join lead author, Amy Terrill, as she shares best practice from around the world, providing practical advice for music leaders and advocates.


Reception Hosted by Consulate General Roy B. Norton, Folk Music Canada, and Canadian Independent Music Association
Century C Ballroom, Westin Hotel
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    
Provincial Music Industry Associations: 
East Coast Music Association, Music PEI, FolQuebec, Folk Music Ontario, BreakOut West, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Music Alberta, Music BC, & Yukon Music


Instrument Check

10:30 PM - 4:00 AM    
Room 706


Sunday, February 21st, 2016

CONFERENCE
Closing Party Sponsored by Boulevard Brewery and La Chouffe
The Guild (1621 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108), Offsite, 1621 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM    
The Guild, 1621 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108


World Headquarters 509 DELAWARE ST. #101, KANSAS CITY, MO 64105 • 816-221-FOLK (3655) • FAI@FOLK.ORG

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