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March 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 21, 2018  
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E-News: March 2018
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Thirty Years of Community and Song

This year's conference broke attendance records for the fourth straight year as we celebrated our 30th anniversary. With 2,750 attendees (including 1,100 first-timers!) from 30 countries, our event continues to be the largest folk family gathering in the world.
Over five days at the Westin Crown Center, togetherwe experienced50 professional development panels, 180 Official Showcases, 3,450 Private Showcases, and MUCH MORE.View the photo gallery from the conference weekand join us in remembering some of the highlights.A full post-conference report and all video links will be posted in April.
Thank you to the nearly 1,000 people who have filled out thepost-conferencesurvey. If you have not already, please take some time (about 12 minutes) to fill it out. Doing so provides us with invaluable information for planning and improving next year's conference.
Complete the surveyby March 12th, and enter to win a FREE registration for FAI 2019!
Neale Eckstein Photo
The 2018 International Folk Music Awardsshow at the Folly Theater, presented in partnership with Folk Music Canada,featured performances and appearances by Ruthie Foster, John Oates, Guy Davis, Giri and Uma Peters, The Kingston Trio, Anais Mitchell, and a rousing finale performancefrom Kansas City's Staley Falcon Chorale.If you weren't able to join the nearly 900 attendees, you can catch the full recordedlive streamand read a summary of winnershere.
Ruthie Foster
Kim Reed
Barbara Manners and Martyn Joseph
Shoshona Kish
Rose Cousins and Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mary Chapin Carpenterprovided a thoughtful and inspiring keynote presentation. Addressing gender politics, ageism, and standards of beauty, she spoke honestly about navigating thesometimes difficult aspects of the music industry machine and how to still find joy and connection in the creative process.
Henry Nam
Kansas City Art Institute and UMKC Instructors and Students
The2018 Artist in Residenceproject explored the connection between music, sound, mathematics, and art. FAI connected Korean-Americanartist Henry Namwith students and instructors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Math andStatisticsDepartment and the Kansas City Art Institute.Together they collaborated on a programto create a visualization ofa live percussive instrumental guitar performance, byutilizing an MYO armband tracking muscle movement and colorsassignedto sound frequency data.View a video of the performancehere.
Steve Winick and Richard Thompson
Fairport Convention co-founderRichard Thompsonwas interviewed by Steve Winick of the American Folklife Center in front of a packed crowd in the panoramic Benton's room. With notablewit and charm, he shared his broad perspective on the evolution of the international music scene and the historical and present-day significance of folk music. Thompson credited Bob Dylan with saving radio from a simplistic era of pop music andproving songs can have intelligent lyrics and still bepopular.
John Oatesof Hall & Oates, the best-selling duo of all time,got the full FAI experience. Oates performed an Official Showcase, presented the People's Voice Award to Bonnie Raitt at theIFMAs, and provided a masterclass at the conference. Oates also provided a book signing for his book,Change of Seasons: A Memoir.
Dar Williams
Longtime FAI attendee,Dar Williams,performed an Official Showcase, spoke as a panelist for the Women in Music panel, and provided a book signing for her recently published memoir,What I Found in a Thousand Towns.
The second annual FAICommUNITY Gatheringechoed the #metoo and #timesup social movements and re-doubled ongoing efforts to proactively embed the values of diversity, inclusion, and social equity in all FAI events and programs. The event,Addressing Harassmentand Discrimination in the Music Industry, provided a helpful bystander training entitled, A Leadership Moment: Creating a Community Free of Violence that was facilitated byMOCSAandThe DB Approach.
FAI's advocacy committee created aCommitting to a Safe Music Communitypledgeandresource document.During the conference, hundreds of FAI attendees signed the pledge, represented in the banner pictured above. You can download the resource sheet and a copy of the full pledgehere.
Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp
Nearly 200 people attended our music camp this year, which was sponsored byTruefire. Attendees chose from classes in 18 distinct disciplines including classes byBeppe Gambetta, Cathy Fink, David Amram, Ellis Paul, Guy Davis, Missy Raines, Redd Volkaert, Steve Baughman, and more. Learn more
Kansas City Folk Festival
Our third annual folk festival forKansas City had over 1,500 attendees made up of the public and conference delegates. The event featured an artisanmarket, family programming, and multiple stages of local, national, and international talent including acts from each of FAI's five regions, emerging Midwest artists, and headliners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Flaco Jiménez with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs. Learn more
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Flaco Jiménez
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Dino O'Dell
The Singer and The Songwriter
Crystal Rose

Join The ExChange - Nordic Edition

April 9 - 11, 2018,Gothenburg, Sweden
FAI is proud to produce a networking and showcase conference for the Nordic folk/roots music industry. The event is open to any FAI artist or industry to register. The focus of the two-day is topromote 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 bythe Music Export Offices of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in partnership with Bilda, Göteborg & Co, and Music Estonia.
Register for The ExChange
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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 theywrote"Give Peace a Chance."
*There will be a discounted room block available to FAI delegates ($189 CAD). A link will be shared on our website as soon as it is available.
SXSW Official Showcase
We're headed to AUSTIN!!!
FAI is thrilled to announce our inauguralSXSW Official Showcase atThe Driskillnext Thursday and Friday evening starting at 8 pm. Joinus!
Thursday, March 15 performances byDimpker Brothers, TheKrickets, Joshua Burnside, American Folk - Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, Lisa LeBlanc, andQuique Escamilla.
Friday, March 16 performancesbySaint Sister, The Lost Brothers, Rev. Sekou, AHI, andThe Deer.
Folk in the Foyer
FAI is partnering once again with theKauffman Center for the Performing Artsto present folk artists in advance of their events.
Performance in advance of the Kauffman Center's presentation of:
Sara Evans, All the Love Tour
Thursday, March 16
Performance in advance of the Kauffman Center's presentation of:
Riverdance, 20th Anniversary Tour
Friday, March 16
7:30 pm
Lifetime Achievement Award Videos
Arhoolie Records, 1997 Lifetime Acheivement Award
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 ourAwardspageto access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.
Social Media Shoutout
Cheers to the MANY who posted, tweeted, shared and celebrated #30YearofFAI! We really felt the love. Thank you!
Check out this awesome photo from Son of Town Hall who shot a gorgeousvideoin the steam room at the Westin Hotel during the conference. WE LOVE the creativity of our artists!
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!
Follow Folk Alliance International on social media and tag us in your photos.Be sure to search hashtags #FolkAlliance and on social media for ongoing conference updates and posts.
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