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Regions of FAI

Across the Continent

Regional Expansion

Over the past several years Folk Alliance International’s Board of Directors, Regional Leaders, and staff have been examining how best to provide services to members beyond the US border. 

In particular it was noted that the primary value to the increased presence of non-US members at Regional conferences has been access to US markets for touring, recording, and other opportunities.

FAI remains focused bringing all levels of the Folk community together to create new ongoing business and personal relationships. While fully respecting international borders and cultures, and the many fine organizations in each country devoted to supporting touring Folk artists and supporting respective music industry networks, FAI continues to seek to support the formation of community around Folk music, and the natural touring corridors of each regions.

As a result, and in order to increase long-term value to Canadian members and improve future opportunities in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, it was decided to expand the inclusion of membership beyond the US to reflect the delegate representation at each regional conference.

In part this is to solidify the International intent and jumpstart new International opportunities in North America and around the world by complimenting activity and reflecting existing interest, without directly competing with similar organizations in other territories.

Effective as of February 2014 all Canadian, Mexican and non-U.S. Caribbean FAI members are eligible full-fledged members of the region most closely associated with their home location. This extended membership provides the authority to vote and run for office in their regional Board of Directors elections, actively participate in all FAI regional events (including potential future one-day events beyond the US borders, similar to those presented in the US), and to take a more active role within their regions.

Discussions continue regarding FAI participation and relationship to networks in Europe, Central and South America, and Oceania

These developments are still a work in progress and input is welcomed to help guide the future of each FAI Region, as well as International service and activity.

 

SWRFA (Southwest Regional Folk Alliance)

Website: www.swfolkalliance.org

Conference: Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017
Holiday Inn - Midtown, Austin, TX

SWRFA Serves:
Arizona
Colorado
Mexico
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Texas

 

FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest)

Website: www.farmfolk.org

Conference: October 19-22, 2017
Sheraton - Iowa City, IA

 

2017, Oct 19-22
2018, Oct 25 - 28
2019, Oct 24 - 27
2020, Oct 29 - Nov 1

FARM Serves:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Manitoba
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
North Dakota
Nunavut
Ohio
Saskatchewan
South Dakota
Wisconsin

 

SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance)

Website: www.serfa.org

Conference: May 17-21, 2017
Montreat Conference Center - Montreat, NC

SERFA Serves:
Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia

 

FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region West)

Website: www.far-west.org

Conference: October 5-8, 2017 
Hyatt Regency Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

FAR-West serves:
Alaska
Alberta
British Columbia
California
Hawaii
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
Northwest Territory
Oregon
Utah
Washington
Wyoming
Yukon Territory

 

NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance)

Website: www.nerfa.org

Conference: November 9-12, 2017
Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel, Stamford, CT

NERFA Serves:
Connecticut
D.C. and it’s metro area including the counties of Loudin, Fairfax, and Prince William (Virginia)
Delaware
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Pennsylvania
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Rhode Island
Vermont

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