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February 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, February 8, 2018  
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Join Us at the IFMA's
Wednesday, February 14, 7 pm - 9 pm CT
The Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
FAI is proud to announce the awards show Presenting Partner, Folk Music Canada.
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, the Staley Chorale, and others.

** A LIMITED number of $10 tickets for the awards are available for conference delegates. Details have been sent via email to all registrants.
Purchase Public TIckets
Can't join us? Never fear, we will be live streaming the event! Check back to our website or follow this link to join us at the awards show.
Link to Livestream on Feb. 14th

Announcing 2018 Awards of Distinction

The People's Voice Award
Presented annually to an individual who unabashedly embraces social and political commentary in their creative work and public careers.

FAI is thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2018 People's Voice Award: 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, blues artist, and activist Bonnie Raitt. Raitt has long been involved with the environmental movement, performing concerts around issues of oil, nuclear power, mining, water, and forest protection since the mid 70’s. Active in environmental advocacy, she was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) and supports efforts to preserve Ancient Forests. Raitt consistently demonstrates her commitment to issues of social justice and human rights, as well as royalty reform and music education. At most concerts, Raitt works with The Guacamole Fund to offer seats to local non-pro t organizations whose work focuses on issues of safe and sustainable energy, environmental protection, and social issues.
*Folk Alliance International's People's Voice Award is not connected to, inspired by, or affiliated with any other entities that share the same name, or similar iteration of the title “The People’s Voice.”
Clearwater Award
Presented annually to a festival that prioritizes environmental stewardship and demonstrates public leadership in sustainable event production.

FAI acknowledges the Winnipeg Folk Festival as the 2018 Clearwater Award recipient for their leadership in event environmental sustainability. The Winnipeg Folk Festival, founded in 1974, is a four-day festival in Manitoba, Canada. The organization operates with a “leave no trace” principle, and prioritizes environmental sustainability at the festival site, in the offi
ce, and at year-round events. Consciously embracing environmentally responsible business practices and minimizing environmental impact, the festival was the first event in Canada to receive certification from The Eco-Logo Program. Additionally, the organization has received Fair Trade certification for purchasing standards and were awarded a Greener Festival Award for sustainability. Specific on-site efforts include banning bottled water and requiring all food vendors to use compostable products for disposable cutlery, napkins, and cups. The festival also promotes active transportation through Bike Ride to Site, a program that has reduced carbon emissions by up to 8.69 kg per rider.
Spirit of Folk Awards
Presented to honor and celebrate people and organizations actively involved in the promotion and preservation of folk music through their creative work, community building, and demonstrated leadership.
Anaïs is an acclaimed songwriter who has released four albums of original music. In 2010 she released the album Hadestown, an apocalyptic Depression-era American folk opera. The New York Theatre Workshop developed Hadestown into an off-Broadway musical in 2016.

Betsy has been a central fi
gure in the Cambridge folk music community since 1958 where
she was a founding member of the legendary Club 47. Currently, Betsy is working to establish a permanent record for folk music from New England through Folk New England, an archive which she founded.

A composer, musician, and record executive in the Faroe Islands, Kristian Blak is the founder of the Nordic musical ensemble Yggdrasil. He is the founder and CEO of Tutl, the leading record label in the Faroe Islands, which has been the primary preservationist of Fairy folk music since 1977.
Martyn is an acclaimed and award-winning Welsh songwriter.
He is also the founder of “Let Yourself Trust,” a grassroots nonprofit focused on the origins and consequences of social injustice and building partnerships with advocates to affect change.

Since 1997 Richard Gillmann has been compiling folk music airplay charts (published by
FAI and Acoustic Music Scene) from the playlists submitted to the folk dj email group
at Richard recently retired from this volunteer role in December 2017.
*For full bios of all recipients please see page 42 of the 2018 Program Book.
Folk DJ Hall of Fame
The Folk DJ Hall of Fame has been established by FAI to recognize radio DJs who have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, promotion, and presentation of folk music, and who have demonstrated and inspired leadership in the broadcast field.
Pleasants began his career hosting folk music programs on radio stations around Emerson College in Boston. Pleasant helped to start and manage the fi
rst full-time commercial
folk music station and has launched and led many iconic music events and venues in the Northeast.
Fiona Ritchie has hosted one of NPR’s most popular music programs, The Thistle & Shamrock, each week for over three decades.
Ritchie launched Radio Scotland’s world music series “Celtic Connections” in 1993. In 2014, she was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Broadcasting and Traditional Music.

Mary Cliff is the long-time host of Traditions radio show. Traditions
explores the diversity of folk music, including bluegrass, blues, ballads, ethnic, topical and political. For 35 years as a WETA staffer, Cliff produced and presented classical and other music, news, public affairs, and interviews.
*For full bios of all recipients please see page 42 of the 2018 Program Book.

2018 Program Book Online

Start planning your time at FAI. Check out the program book online here.

Join Us for our Annual General Meeting

FAI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to all members and non-members. At this meeting our Board of Directors welcomes its newest members and presents a recap of the past year. Reports from FAI's president, treasurer, executive director, and committees are followed by a Q&A.
Thursday, February 15, 9 am - 10 am, Century C Ballroom, Westin Crown Center, KCMO
(Coffee with the Board begins at 8:30 am)
*You do not have to be registered for the conference to attend the AGM.

Announcing New Slate of Directors to FAI Board

Join us in welcoming new and returning FAI Board Members, elected by the FAI membership in December 2017. Terms begin at the Annual General Meeting held at the conference on February 15, 2018.
Alka Sharma, Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario
Ellen Stanley, Executive Director, Minnesota Music Coalition
lou DeMarco, Founder, Momentary Love Management
Newly Elected:
Gary Paczoa, Producer / Engineer; A&R for Rounder Records, Nashville, TN
Laura Thomas, A
gent / Owner of ComboPlate Booking, Austin, TX
In addition to the election of the above directors, three additional appointments were made to the Board for two-year terms:
Gil Gastelum – Artist Manager, Los Angeles, CA
Gil Gastelum is a Tucson, AZ native and longtime LA Resident (with a 3 year stint in Austin, TX in between). Gil has worked tirelessly as an advocate for indie Musicians for over 25 years- whether bringing in consignment records for indie artists, or founding Cosmica Artists- a management, label, and now publishing arm specializing in signing artists who are on the Indie side of the musical spectrum. Gastelum has worked with the likes of Gaby Moreno, Carla Morrison, David Garza, and Thee Commons, and as an Indie Music Marketer- Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, and many others.

Denise Stiff – Retired Artist Manager, Nashville, TN
Denise Stiff began her official career in the music industry when she moved to Nashville in 1984 to pursue songwriting. Early jobs included the TV showBobby Bare and Friends and publicity for the Summer Lights Festival. As an agent for Keith Case, she heard Alison Krauss, and began her transition to management. Other clients include Gillian Welch and Sarah Jarosz. She was the Executive Music Producer for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and was instrumental in the subsequent album, film and tours of “Down From The Mountain”. Recently retired, she remains passionate about folk music and encouraging young songwriters.
Also appointed to serve an extension of her current elected term is Joan Kornblith, Executive & Creative Director, The Loud Poet Society.
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FAI Nordic ExChange

Join The Nordic ExChange

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.
*This event is sponsored by the Music Export Offices of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in partnership with Bilda, and Göteborg & Co.
Come to the FAI ExChange
In conjunction with The Nordic ExChange, FAI is delighted to welcome to the staff team Åke Lundström in the role of Nordic Representative. Åke is the CEO of Live at Heart, Sweden’s largest music showcase festival. Since 2015, Live at Heart has partnered with FAI to present “SweFolk”, an initiative supported by STIM, Export Music Sweden, and IFPI Sweden to showcase export-ready musicians. Åke was the founder of the Swedish & Stockholm Film Commissions and co-producer of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film.
FAI30 conference delegates can find Åke at the Nordic ExChange booth #607 in the Exhibit Hall.
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! Register onsite or online starting February 14, 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)

Congratulations 2018 GRAMMY® Winners!
Aimee Mann
2018 Best Folk Album
Best Folk Album: "Mental Illness" Aimee Mann
Best Traditional Blues: "Blue & Lonesome" The Rolling Stones
Best Contemporary Blues: "Taj Mo" Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo'
Best Regional Roots Music Album: "Kalenda" Lost Bayou Ramblers
Best World Music Album: "Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration" Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Bluegrass Album: TIE, Laws Of Gravity The Infamous Stringdusters AND All The Rage - In Concert Volume One [Live] Rhonda Vincent And The Rage.
Best Americana Album: The Nashville Sound Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Best American Roots Song: "If We Were Vampires" Jason Ibell, song-writer (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)
Best American Roots Performance: "Killer Diller Blues" Alabama Shakes
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): "Arriero Somes Versiones Acústicas" Aida Cuevas


In case you missed our event GRAMMY® Week celebration in New York at Joe's Pub on January 27. You can view a gallery of photos here. And check out the livestream!
Finale Performance at FAI GRAMMY® Week Celebration. Photo credit: Monica Mansfield
More FAI
The Augusta Heritage Center, 2013 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
FAI2017 Official Showcase Artist Alysha Brilla has been nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for her 2017 release Rooted at the JUNO Awards. See the other nominees (many from out #folkfamily) here.
Congratulations Alysha!!!
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