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August 2017 E-News

Monday, August 14, 2017  
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Thirty years of FAI, volunteer and private showcase apps. Your folk news.
Thirty years of FAI, volunteer and private showcase apps. Your folk news.
E-News: August 2017
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Submit Now for the Best Opportunity to Showcase at FAI
Applications are open to perform for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives who attend the annual FAI conference. Official Showcase Artists Announced: Oct 30.
Official Showcases are 200 jury-selected nightly concerts featuring emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. Each showcase is a 30-minute set on a full production stage with lighting and sound.
FAI Official Showcase Application
Deadline to submit is September 13.

Applications Now Open

We couldn't do it without our incredible team of volunteers. In 2017, 233 volunteers worked 4,190 hours to ensure a smooth and enjoyable conference for all. Join this incredible team and attend FAI 2018 for free. Apply early, spots fill up quickly!
Become an FAI Volunteer

Present a Private Showcase

Each evening following the Official Showcases, the “Music Floors” come alive with thousands of Private Showcases in hotel rooms turned into listening rooms - a perfect space for presenting and discovering the best talent in folk music.
Applications are open to host or present a show. Past room hosts have included artists, record labels, publicists, state and provincial music offices, national export offices, collectives, and some great fans. Take your conference experience to the next level, and apply to be a Private Showcase host!
Present a Private Showcase
Seeking Panel Ideas - Send us your Best!
Little known fact: FAI programs over 250 hours of panels, classes, and workshops at the conference. Four tracks provide specific content for artists, presenters, industry, and the folk community at large. The focus is on professional development, industry trends, and timely topics and with a diverse representation of panelists (gender, ethnicity, and international perspective).
Submit Your Panel Idea
Deadline to submit is August 15.
ED Aengus Finnan at Newport Folk Festival

Catch FAI On the Road

Look for FAI staff and Board at these upcoming industry events this fall:

Do You Know a Folk DJ?
Applications are now open for the inaugural Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship to FAI's conference. This FULL RIDE scholarship includes conference registration to FAI 2018, hotel for four nights at The Westin Crown Center, travel compensation up to $500, and more. Please share!
This scholarship is being created, funded, and managed by a committee of Folk DJs from around the world who are invested in the future of folk music. Gene Shay, the scholarship's namesake is frequently referred to as the "Dean of Folk DJs." His career spanned more than five decades.
Folk DJs Apply Here
Open through September 30
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Final Days for Early Bird Discount!

Rate expires August 29!

Take advantage of the lowest rate to attend the conference now. Prices increase on August 30th.
Curious to know who s already attending? See the list of FAI 2018 attendees HERE.
Lock in the Lowest Rate
2018 Deadlines and Price Matrix
Hotel Information
The Westin and Sheraton Crown Center hotels are our headquarters for the conference week. Book now to reserve a room and avoid higher prices when the discounted room block is sold out.
Please note, the hotel has revised its cancellation and deposit policies for the conference. We have included them here for your reference.

New Deposit Policy: One night’s deposit equal to room and tax is due at time of booking and will be charged to the credit card provided.
New Cancellation Policy: Reimbursement of the deposit will only be provided for cancellations made 21-days prior to arrival. Cancellations made within 21-days of arrival will forfeit one night’s room deposit plus tax.
Referral Program
Refer a first-timer and save money. You earn $50 towards your paid registration for each first-timer 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.
Member and Partner Events Calendar
For a comprehensive list of member and partner events visit our website. If you are an FAI member and have an upcoming conference, festival, camp, or relevant application deadline that you would like to be included in our monthly calendar email series, contact
Bessie Jones LAA
The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Bessie Jones
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
Do you follow us on social media? Each week we are highlighting one year of Folk Alliance as we countdown from 30 weeks to FAI 2018, our 30th conference anniversary.
Follow along with us as we explore our history together! We invite you to join in the fun by posting your own throwback photos and memories. Be sure to tag us and use #FAI30 and #30YearsofFAI.
    Recently three esteemed FAI Alumni were inducted into the Order of Canada. We couldn't be prouder of Paul Mills of Borealis Records, Ellen Hamilton, and Alan Doyle whose outstanding service to community earned them Canada's highest civilian honor.
    Members, do you have memorable news to share with us?
    Submit your notable career accomplishments here and each week we'll select one to share on social media. "Notable" examples include singing the national anthem at an MLB game, getting signed to a new label, winning an award, having a song placed on tv or a movie ... you get the idea.
    We want to know and share what our members are up to, so keep us up to date! Don't forget to follow Folk Alliance International on social media and tag us in your photos! #FolkAlliance #FAI30
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    Special Thanks to Our Premium Sponsors
    Interested in sponsorship? Contact Alex Mallet at

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