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November 2017 Newsletter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  
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Lifetime Acheivement Award winners, Connecting Folk, and a new webinar.
Lifetime Acheivement Award winners, Connecting Folk, and a new webinar.
E-News: November 2017
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Each year during the International Folk Music Awards, FAI presents three Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (IFMAs). Named after the organization’s co-founder, the awards were created to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures, one Living, one Legacy, and one Organizational/Academic.
Past recipients include Living - David Amram, Peggy Seeger, Tom Paxton; Legacy - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Bessie Jones, Stan Rogers, Malvina Reynolds; Business/Academic - The English Folk Dance and Song Society, Folkways Records, Canadian Society for Traditional Music. For a comprehensive list of recipients and links to mini-documentaries of each, visit our website.
The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, selected by FAI membership, are:

Living - Peter, Paul and Mary

During an era that witnessed the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, the tensions of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, American folk music pioneers Peter, Paul and Mary provided a voice for a generation during uncertain times. An iconic folk music group from a historical time, Peter, Paul and Mary’s musical and social contributions span about five decades. Click here to read the full bio.

Legacy - Richie Havens (1941 - 2013)

Richie Havens started his career in Greenwich Village, an area in New York City known for its progressive culture and social openness. He released his official debut album, Mixed Bag, in 1966 to critical acclaim. Havens made history with a legendary three-hour performance that opened the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Click here to read the full bio.

Organizational - Elektra Records

Founded in 1950 by American businessman Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt, Elektra Records helped spawn the growth of contemporary folk music. Initially, the record label focused primarily on folk music releasing best-selling albums from Oscar Brand, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Theodore Bikel, and Judy Collins. Click here to read the full bio.
The 2018 IFMAs will be held on February 14, 2018, at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City. Discount tickets are available to conference registrants. Public tickets are also available.
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Announcing 2018 Official Showcase Artists

    On October 30th, FAI announced the initial list of Official Showcase artists for the 30th annual conference. Visit our site for the schedule* and full slate* of 2018 artists. (*Subject to change)
    This year’s jury-selected roster represents an exciting array of international artists representing many folk genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Indie-Folk, Latin, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters, and more.
    Registered member-artists seeking private showcases may post profiles and bio information in the Private Showcase Forum on our website for the consideration of Private Showcase hosts.

    Attention First-Time Attendees


      First-Timer Resources

      In 2017, over 1,000 people attended the FAI conference for the first time. The five-day event is a powerful platform for networking and career growth, and 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.
      FAI FAQ Page: Visit this page for answers to our frequently asked questions.
      First-Timers Page: Resources for FAI newcomers, including a downloadable Survival Guide.
      First-Timers Q&A Forum: This forum on FAI's website 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 all public.
      A First-Timers Orientation session will be held on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 am in Century C.
      First-Timer's Room
      FAI sponsors two private showcase rooms for first-time attendees and new acts. Apply to showcase.
      Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis for artists who are registered for the 2018 conference. Showcases are held 10 pm - 3 am, February 14 and 10:30 pm - 3 am, February 15-17.

      Connecting Folk

      Connecting Folk is a program to match first-time attendees with past attendees to share tips and advice. Sign up here!
      For First-Timers
      Sometimes a simple conversation with someone who has been there can make all the difference in the world. 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.

      2018 Artist in Residence - Henry Nam

      The 2018 Artist in Residence project will explore the connection between music, sound, mathematics, and art. FAI has connected Korean-American artist Henry Nam with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Applied Math Department to develop and interpret a percussive instrumental guitar composition, in turn collaborating with the Media Arts students of the Kansas City Art Institute.
      Henry Nam is a percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar player following in the footsteps of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Don Ross, and Preston Reed. Born on a US military base in the Republic of Korea, raised in San Francisco, Germany, Maryland, and Philadelphia and currently based in Washington, DC, musician and autodidact Henry Nam is the product of an international, multicultural upbringing that manifests not only in his diverse musical styling but also in his attitudes about the role of the arts as a universal language able to help people of all backgrounds build meaningful connection and communicate constructively.
      Watch this video of Henry playing at TEDx Stanford in 2014. View past AIR program videos here.

      Folk Ed. Webinar - Critical Information on U.S. Visas for Artists

      Part of Folk Alliance International’s ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts, Folk Ed. is a new platform providing professional and career development opportunities to FAI members.
      Please join us for the second installment of our educational webinar series:
      Navigating the Labyrinth: U.S. Visas for Performing Artists, Presented by Matthew Covey
      Friday, December 5, 2017, from noon - 1 pm CST
      In this webinar, Matthew Covey, Tamizdat, will provide a primer on the U.S. artist visa process.
      Topics will include:
      • deciding which visa to seek
      • how to decide when a work visa is needed (a detailed explanation)
      • which evidence to provide
      • resources for the process
      • response timeframe guidelines
      • current problems with the processing system
      • state of the current political climate
      • updates on policy advocacy
      • duration of stay requests
      FREE for FAI members. $30 for non-members.
      Enroll for Folk Ed. Webinar

      Standing 'O' Player

      We’ve partnered with the folks at Art of the Song and the Standing ‘O’ Project to provide a special player featuring our 2018 Official Showcase artists on the conference website.
      The Standing ‘O’ Project is an artist-centric streaming service that strives to help artists thrive financially. It’s free to join, and artists start earning money right away.
      To purchase ad space in a future FAI e-newsletter, please email
      Additional 2018 Conference News and Info.
      Help us spread the word!
      Click this link or the image to the left and join us in getting excited about the conference! Another good resource for information on the conference is our 2018 conference flyer.
      Please share the flyer and video with your networks!

      Register Before Prices Increase on November 30th

      Register for FAI
      Book Your Hotel
      Apply to Volunteer
      See Who's Attending FAI 30
      Health Fair
      Offering information on healthy practices and up-to-date health care resources, this will be the 12th annual Health Fair at the FAI conference. The event provides FREE dental, vision screenings, and bloodwork, as well as resources for general wellness, addiction, carpal tunnel, and more.
      Visit our website to sign up for individual services.
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      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.
      FAI News and Events

      Welcome New FAI Board Member - Greg Torrington

      Greg Torrington
      The FAI Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Greg Torrington to the board.
      Greg is a Montréal-based music programmer for the Stingray Music streaming service, available via digital cable and online throughout North America to over 20 million homes. In the US, Stingray has over 100 channels available via several cable providers, including AT&T and over 2000 more streams on its phone and Internet apps. Greg curates the roots programming heard on Stingray’s separate 24/7 channels for Folk-Roots, Blues, Bluegrass, and Americana, as well as a variety of country channels and specialty streams. He’s been on the Canadian Country Music Association board and currently also sits on the Folk Music Canada board.

      Welcome to Fall/ 2018 Conference Interns

      Folk Alliance International is pleased to provide paid internship opportunities as on-the-job training, course-related practical experience, and professional development for college students who are interested in the music industry, folk music community, and arts administration.
      An FAI internship is primarily focused on support of the day to day operations of the organization, with primary activity related to membership, marketing, research, and event planning.
      Starting with us this fall and continuing through the conference, we are pleased to announce our newest team members.
      Shannon Quick | Communications Intern
      Shannon has been a part of the Kansas folk scene since an early age playing bluegrass, old-time and Celtic fiddle. Over the years she has formed and joined various bands in Lawrence and Kansas City. Three of her bands have attended the annual Folk Alliance International conference performing in the official and private showcases, and Folk Festival. Shannon also competed on America's Got Talent Season 11 with the band Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners. She is a recent graduate of The University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and a minor in business. She hopes to use her combined passion for advertising along with folk music to help make a difference at FAI as a communications intern.
      Forrest Beck | General Office Intern
      Forrest grew up on a farm in the small town of Kirksville, Missouri, where her parents immersed her and her sister in all things music at a very early age. She just graduated from Truman State University with her Bachelor’s of Music Performance with an emphasis in Horn. Before coming to Folk Alliance, she had a summer internship in the development department of the Kansas City Symphony. Breaking away from the performance side of music, she is excited to grow in the field of arts administration and continues to play horn in several regional wind symphonies and orchestras. Forrest supports the FAI office in all areas including general office support, development, membership, and conference planning.

      End of Year Campaign

      Donate to FAI

      FAI is a registered nonprofit that thrives on donations. In this season of giving, please consider donating to Folk Alliance international. Be on the lookout for our Annual Report this month. In the meantime, this document gives a good overview of our year-round charitable mission and activities.
      Please consider making a charitable donation to FAI and help us reach our annual fundraising goal of $55,000.

      Matching fund contributions made by December 31, 2017, will be matched through the generosity of an anonymous donor, doubling your support.

      Thank you for being a part of our community and thank you for your support! See our donors to date.
      Member and Partner Events
      FAI is proud to be a promotional partner of this Kansas City concert.
      The Kansas City Irish Center Presents:
      Lunasa, Christmas from Ireland, with special guest Ashley Davis
      Drexel Hall at the Kansas City Irish Center
      3301 Baltimore Avenue
      Kansas City, 64111 United States
      December 3rd, 2017, 7 pm
      Ticket link
      For a comprehensive list of member and partner events visit our website. If you are an FAI member organization 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
      Social Media Shoutout
      It has been fun to see so many people sharing FAI 2018 Official Showcase news!
      To the right is a post from #FAI30 Official Showcase artist John Blek, an original folk songwriter based in Cork, Ireland. Check out his post and be sure to search hashtags #FAI30 and #30YearsofFAI on social media for ongoing conference updates and posts.
      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!
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