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January 2018 Newsletter

Friday, January 12, 2018  
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The Kansas City Folk Festival, Music Camp, GRAMMY® Week Celebration, & more
The Kansas City Folk Festival, Music Camp, GRAMMY® Week Celebration, & more
E-News: January 2018
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The Third Annual Kansas City Folk Festival
Launched in 2015, the Kansas City Folk Festival (KCFF) is family-friendly, summer-style festival in the middle of winter that is produced by FAI. Open to the public, KCFF presents diverse, high-quality programming featuring the best of local, national, and international acts as well as the finest local “makers” in a boutique Artisan Market.
Featuring headliners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Flaco Jiménez with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs.
Event Details:
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Westin Crown Center Hotel
10 am - 5 pm
Purchase Public KCFF Tickets
** A LIMITED number of $10 tickets for the festival are available for conference delegates and can be purchased at the time of registration to the conference. Registered delegates who have not purchased tickets to the festival will receive an email next week with a ticket link to purchase.
Four Stages of Local, Regional and International Artists Announced
FAI REGIONS STAGE (Programmed from FAI Regions)
Gospel Session
Linda McRae
Flaco Jiménez with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs
See the schedule here!
Thank you to our KCFF Supporters
Funders: Neighborhood Tourism and Development Fund, Missouri Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance
Sponsors: Tom's Town Distilling Co, T-Mobile, Polsinelli, Mize Houser
Partners: KCUR, KPR, The Bridge, KKFI, La Mega, INK Magazine, KCPT, Plaza Digital
New Logo!
The 2018 KCFF artwork features a NEW logo. Designed by Kansas City graphic designer Frank Norton, "the mark was designed to be something iconic and recognizable that Kansas City could own for its folk festival.The deco linework style is a tribute to Kansas City’s architectural identity and a nod to the ubiquitous “Heart of the Nation” icon."

Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp

Join Us for Three Days of Unparalleled Musical Instruction
The Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp is celebrating five years offering world-class instruction as pros study with legends and dedicated hobbyists learn from the best in the field. Class offerings include songwriting, banjo, bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, percussion, ukulele, voice, and more. Featuring 43 instructors teaching 78 distinct classes, you won't find a better place to explore music and study your craft.
2018 Camp instructors include:
Beppe Gambetta, Betse Ellis, Cathy Fink, David Amram, Ellis Paul, Guy Davis, Missy Raines, Max Baca and Los Tex Maniacs, Redd Volkaert, Steve Baughman, and more!

2018 Camp classes:
Bottleneck Slide Guitar
Country Lead Singing
Old Time Banjo
Intro to Chorded Melody for Ukulele
Bluegrass Fiddle
Swing Ukulele
Country Rhythm Guitar
Twin Fiddling
Songwriting Critiques
Intro to Indian Music: Sitar & Tabla
Beginners Salsa Dance
Purchase Tickets to Music Camp
** Discounted tickets ($15 per class advance purchase / $20 onsite) are available for conference delegates and can be purchased at the time of registration to the conference. Registered delegates who have not purchased tickets to the festival will receive an email next week with a ticket link to purchase.
FAI has partnered with TrueFire to provide The Smart Study Bundle to all LJM Music Camp students! The Bundle (a $75 value) includes any TrueFire course download of your choice, 30 days of unlimited streaming access to 30,000+ video lessons, a download version of the Big Black Book and $10 of TrueFire Cash.

Celebrate 2018 GRAMMY®Week with FAI in New York

Join us at this event in celebration of the 2018 GRAMMY® Week to acknowledge past and present Best Folk Album nominees and other American Roots music artists.
Event Details:
Joe's Pub

The afternoon event will feature performances, light hors-d'oeuvres, and refreshments.

Purchase Tickets

The International Folk Music Awards Show at the Folly Theater

    The IFMAs are the premier awards presentation of the folk music industry and community. Awards and distinctions presented to honor leaders, legends, and rising talent include Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards and inductions into the folk DJ Hall of Fame.
    The evening's host is multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Ruthie Foster. Guest performances and presentations by John Oates, Guy Davis, Giri and Uma Peters, Anais Mitchell, and others.
    Event Details:
    The Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    7 pm
    Tickets are $10 for conference delegates and are available for public purchase for $30. Space is limited. Delegates who have not yet purchased a ticket will receive an invitation next week.
    Purchase Public TIckets
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    More 2018 Conference Information
    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 have a few volunteer spots open volunteers who are members of FAI. Non-member volunteers are currently on a waitlist.
    The Westin Crown Center and Sheraton hotels are currently sold out. For other KC hotels and accommodations visit this site.
    Access the list of current 2018 conference registrants.
    Folk Ed. Webinar
    Please join us for the third installment of our educational webinar series:
    Conference Survival Guide, Presented by Aengus Finnan, FAI Executive Director
    Thursday, January 25, 2017, from 12 pm - 1 pm CST.
    The 2018 FAI Conference is quickly approaching. Whether you are a first timer or have been coming for years, join us as FAI's Executive Director provides tips on PREPARATION for the conference, PRACTICAL knowledge when arriving for the conference, PROGRAMMING throughout the conference, and advice on POST conference relationships.

    This webinar is FREE and open to anyone attending or interested in attending FAI's annual conference.
    Sign-up for Folk Ed. Webinar
    Advance Registration for 2019 Conference
    Registration for FAI 2019 Begins at the 2018 Conference
    The earliest opportunity to register for our conference in Montréal will be at FAI in 2018!
    The 2019 conference theme, The Spirit of Creativity, will explore the artistic process from inspiration to innovation.
    Host city Montréal provides the perfect setting. The conference hotel, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in, where they wrote "Give Peace a Chance."
    2019 Price Matrix and Deadlines
    30th Conference Special (Feb 14 -28)
    Early Bird (March - May)
    Summer (June – Aug)
    Fall (Sept – Nov)
    Winter (Dec – Jan)
    Final Rate (Feb)

    More FAI

    Announcing The Exchange, Gothenburg

    April 9 - 11, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden
    A two-day network and showcase conference for the Nordic folk/roots music industry. The event focus is to promote economic development and foster industry partnerships. Activities will include professional development sessions, business networking, music export opportunities, discussions on sector strategy, and artist showcases.
    Sign Up for the FAI Exchange
    Kenneth S. Goldstein, 2006 Lifetime Acheivement 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
    December was a big month for year-end music news. We could not have been more excited to see FAI30 Showcase Artist and longtime folk family member Rose Cousins honored for her album Natural Conclusion. She was listed as one of the finest albums of 2017 by the Los Angeles Times AND the album was nominated for a Recording Academy GRAMMY® for Best Engineered Album.
    Congratulations ROSE!!!
    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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    Special Thanks to our Funders

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