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April 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 21, 2018  
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E-News: April 2018
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Post Conference Report

The final numbers are in and FAI's 30th-anniversary celebration of community and song welcomed a record2,855 attendees from 35 countries all around the world.
Thank you to all who participated, contributed, and shared in this gathering of the international folk music community. We're grateful to be in this folk family with you.
Please take some time to review ourpost-conference reportfor attendance statistics, a recap of events, and results from our feedback survey which garnered 1,022 responses!
A Spotlight on Gender Equity
Internationally there is a strong conversation happening within the music industry and across many entertainment industries. It is an important one, and it addresses gender balance and equity in compensation, on stages, and behind the scenes.
FAI would like to acknowledge tangible efforts being made by international partners as well as publicly state our commitment to achieving gender parity on our stages and programming. We want to share that, after three years of intentional focus and outreach, an internal tally of our 2018 conference panelists, presenters, andperformers revealed that 53% identify as male and 47% identify as female. We aim to achieve gender balance in 2019.
These results are from a census of 2018 FAI conference panelists, presenters, and performers Those identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming were statistically negligible.
International Highlights:
PRS Foundation’s International initiative,Keychange, is a pioneering effort which empowers women to transform the future of music and encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. Forty-five international conferences and festivals have signed on to join this initiative. Learn more
Canadian Women Workingin Musicpublishesa Festival Report Card annually which gives festivals in Canada a gradeassessmentbased on a study of gender among Canadian festival performers.Read the 2017 report here. Learn more
The Recording Academyrecently established a task force to address disparities in the music industry in response tothe Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's publication, "Inclusion in the Recording Studio?" The results of their study revealed a lack of diversity and gender balance in the music industry as a whole as well as among GRAMMY nominees and winners.

MAY DAY is a Big Day for FAI

Be aware that on May 1st a lot of things will happen here at FAI.Take note and be prepared for the 2019conference.
  • OFFICIAL SHOWCASE applications OPEN (through August 15)
  • Panel recommendations OPEN
  • Award suggestions OPEN
  • Press Credentials OPEN
  • Connecting Folk applications OPEN
  • Scholarships applications OPEN
  • You can find it all on May 1stat
Changes to Official Showcase Deadlines
May 1, 2018:Official Showcase applications open
  • May 1 - May 31($15 members,$30non-members)
  • June 1 - July 31($20members,$40non-members)
  • August 1 - August 15($25members,$50non-members)
August 15, 2018:Official Showcase applications close(due by5 pmCST on Aug 15)
September 17, 2018:Official Showcase Artists notified
October 1, 2018:Official Showcase Artists announced publicly
October 19, 2018:Official Showcase Artists scheduled
*Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable. more information.
Don't miss Early Bird Registration
FAI Early Bird Rate Deadline is May 31, 2018.
Returning to Canada in 2019, the conference theme explores the artistic process from inspiration to vocation. Join us for a deep dive into the Creative as we collectively examine innovation and collaboration.
Host city Montréal is known for its vibrant music scene and public celebration of the arts. In addition, our conference hotel, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, iscelebrating the 50th anniversary of John and Yoko’s bed-in at the hotel where they wrote, “Give Peace a Chance.”
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Conference Hotel

Reserve Your Room- Space is Limited
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is the official hotel for the conference. It is located in the heart of Montréal's thriving shopping and business district at900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W Montréal, Québec.
Our discounted rate is $189 CAD ($148 USD).
Hotel Deposit.One night’s deposit equal to room and tax is due at time of booking and will be charged to the credit card provided.
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 and tax.
Guest Policy.The room rate covers two individuals. Each additional person (over age 18) sharing a room will be charged $30 CAD ($24 USD) per night. Max occupancy is four per room.
Reserve Your Hotel
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FAI On the Road
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 focus of the two-day event is topromote economic development and foster industry partnerships.The event is sponsored bythe Music Export Offices of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in partnership with Bilda, Göteborg & Co, and Music Estonia.
Focused sessions will include a spotlight on the music ecology in each Nordic country, an industry overview of the North American market, an artist-led discussion of Scandinavian folk music, and a panel on new digital business modelswith speakers from Strum Live andAuddly.
Featured Showcases:
Monday, April 9:Maija Kauhanen,Ramy Essam, Erlend Viken Trio, West of Eden.
Tuesday, April 10: Calvin Arsenia,Trio Wolski, Kira Skov, Victor &Penny, Trad.Attack!
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ale Möler
Multi-instrumentalist and folk/world music pioneer Ale Möller will receive Folk Alliance International’s most prestigious recognition, a Lifetime Achievement Award, onTuesday,April 10,2018,in Gothenburg.

Born in 1955, Möller has been expanding the borders of Scandinavian folk music in groups and/or projects such as Filarfolket, Nordan, Frifot, Stockholm Folk Music Big Band, and most recently, the Ale Möller Trio. Möller began in jazz with trumpet his primaryinstrumentand then fell in love with Greek music and the Swedish folklore tradition, especially from the province of Dalecarlia. Improvisation is a hallmark component of Möller’s music and he has been a central figure in the search for new directions and sounds in Swedish folk music.

In addition to continued touring,Möllercomposes music for film and theater, he is a professor of World Music in Sweden, Finland and Denmark, and he has served as an advisor for legendary Senegalese singer and Polar Music Prize recipient, Youssou N'Dour. Möller is a recipient of the Sir George Martin award, eight Swedish Grammy awards, and several medals from His Majesty the King of Sweden.
The Arts Drive Our Economy
On March 13, 2018, our Director of Operations spent the day on Capitol Hill with nearly 700 arts advocates from all over the country. We're proud of our growing partnerships with arts organizations across the US and especially theNational Endowment for the Arts.
There is still time to join us in advocating for improved international cultural activity in the United States.US citizens may contact their Senators to voice support for theArts Require Timely Service Act.More information and resources to contact Congress can be found here.
Quique Escamilla at FAI's Finest Folk SXSW in Austin, TX
Finest Folk, SXSW
FAI's first official SXSW took place at The Driskill hotel on March 15 and 16, 2018.It was a beautiful two days in the historic venue which provided a listening room space that revered folk music amidst the bustling activity on Sixth Avenue.
Finest Folk showcase artists from Ireland, Sweden, England, Canada and the US included:AHI,Amber Rubarth,American Folk - Joe Purdy & Lisa LeBlanc,The Deer,Dimpker Brothers,Joshua Burnside,TheKrickets,The Lost Brothers,Rev. Sekou,Saint Sister,andQuique Escamilla.
(left to right)Aengus Finnan, Paul Schiminger,
Barbara Newman,Jed Hilly
Executive Director's Summit
On March 22, for the second year in a row, theExecutive Directors of the four major US-based international music conference organizations (Americana Music Association,Blues Foundation,Folk Alliance International, and International Bluegrass Music Association). The directors met for a day-long retreat to learn more about each organization, to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to foster a collaborative approach to the future.This year's summit took place under the dome of the Dyer Observatory at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
Partner Event with the Irish Center of Kansas City
Baile An Salsa
Fri, May 4, 2018
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
*Baile An Salsawere Official Showcase Artists at FAI 2017 and also performed at the closing party.
Congratulations to JUNO Winners
The JUNO Awards celebrated the best of Canadian music on March 24th, 2018, in Vancouver, Canada. Congratulations to the following winners (as well as all the FAI members and alumni who were nominated).
  • Buffy St. Marie(FAI 2007 Keynote)- Indigenous Music Album of the Year forMedicine Songs
  • Bruce Cockburn(FAI 2017 People's Voice Award Winner) -Contemporary Roots Albumof the Year forBone to Bone
  • The Dead South(FAI Official Showcase alumni) -Traditional Roots Album forIllusion & Doubt
  • Kobo Town(FAI Official Showcase alumni)- World Music Albumof the Year forWhere the Galleon Sank
  • Monkey Junk Band-Blues Albumof the Year forTime to Roll
  • Fred Penner- Children's Albumof the Year forHear the Music
Lifetime Achievement Award Videos
Newport Folk Festival Lifetime Acheivement Award 2005
Each year, FAI presents three Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards at the conference 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
Victor & Penny, #FAI30 Official Showcase artists, are traveling to Sweden this week as US representatives performing at The ExChange! Check out theiradorable video on Instagram.
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!
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