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May 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 21, 2018  
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E-News: May 2018
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Official Showcases Connect Artists to Presenters
Atitscore, the annual conference is about community and careers, art and vocation. Join us and make meaningful connections with over 2,800 professionals from the international folk music community.
GRAMMY-nominatedduo The Milk Carton Kids, showcased at FAI in 2013 and 2014, and they had this to say about FAI,"The Folk Alliance conference and community has been instrumental in beginning and furthering our career as folk artists.”
FAI is impactful for presenters too, Lisa Schwartz, festival and programming director for the Philadelphia Folk Festival, recently shared this,"The FAI conference provides the most extraordinary opportunity to discover talent from around the globe, as well as from North America. We have eight stages, and I could program nearly all of them from the artists I see and hear at FAI!"
Changes to Showcase Performance Times
We believe in the power of connection through music as a community builder as well as an economicengine. FAI's Official Showcases exist for that primary purpose, to connect artists with industry and buyers.
To minimize scheduling competition and improve focus and attendance at FAI showcaseperformances, the Montréal conference will introduce changes to the Official Showcase times to:
  • Concentrate industry attendance at showcases
  • Reduce competition with program offerings
  • Open up dinner hours for spontaneous connecting and exploration of Montréal!
NEW Official Showcase Time: 4 pm - 8:30 pm
Official Showcase Deadlines
August 15:Applications close(due by5 pmCST on Aug 15)
September 17:Artists notified of jury results
October 1:Artists announced publicly
October 19:Showcase schedule posted
Official Showcase Application Pricing Schedule
May 1 - May 31: $15 (members),$30 (non-members)
June 1 - July 31: $20 (members), $40 (non-members)
August 1 - August 15: $25 (
members),$50 (non-members)
Official Showcase application fees are USD and non-refundable.
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Program Coordinator
With our conference moving to Canada in 2019, there are several shifts in operations and staffing. One of those changes the selection ofa Canada-based Program Coordinator.
Coming on board for the Montréal conference isAmie Therrien. Amie, who has attended the conference since 2013 will work closely with FAI's Executive Director and Conference Programming Committee to facilitate the planning and scheduling of panels, professional development workshops, networking sessions, and more at the 2019 conference.

Amie graduated from the University of Toronto with a master's degree in Civil Engineering. After an eight-year career as an engineer, writing emails, and creating and filling in spreadsheets, she took the most logical step forward and became an artist manager. Amie now operates Balsam Pier Music and is thrilled to join the Folk Alliance team with these skills to help coordinate the conference daytime programming. You can contact Amie at proposals for programming via submission link in the section below.
As we welcome Amie, we simultaneously extend sincere thanks toCindy Cogbillwho returned to FAI in 2017 and 2018 as Program Coordinator. We're grateful to Cindy for her insight, skill, and care in stewarding conference programming for the past two years. Cindy's experience and deep folk roots enabled her to leverage a wealth of relationships to create community and ensure deep sharing of knowledge and resources - especially aswe celebrated our30th conference. Thank you, Cindy!
Submit Your Panel Ideas
We are now accepting suggestions for programming at the 2019 conference.
If you have a suggestion for a session in the Industry, Community, or Artist tracks, please submit your ideas viathis link.
Deadline to submit proposals is June 30.
More Ways to Connect
Submit Your Award Nominations
FAI members are encouraged to submit suggestions for future award recipients at the International Folk Music Awards.Follow this linkand suggest a candidate for the following awards:
  • Lifetime AchievementAwards
  • Spirit of Folk Awards
  • Clearwater Award
  • People's Voice Award
  • Folk DJ Hall of Fame
For more information about awards and to submit your nominationsclick here.
FAI Joins KeyChange Initiative, Outpaces 2022 Goal
As a compliment to FAI's ongoing efforts to prioritize diversity and inclusion across
all measures, FAI has formally signed on to the PRS Foundation’s international
Keychange 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. Eighty-five international conferences and festivals have pledged their commitment tomeet this goal.
FAI is proud to share that we met the 2022Keychange gender equity goal in 2018. Basedon their measurement criteria*,58% of FAI 2018Official Showcase stages had female representation.(*at least one woman performing in an act)
FAI's own internal criteria to meet gender equity is more rigorous than the Keychange standard. FAIrequires an act to be either female-fronted or majority female to count as a femaleact. By this measure, and including a tally of conference panelists and presenters, FAI had 47% female representation.FAI aims to achieve gender equity across all stages in 2019.
See the full list of participating organizationshere.
"It takes intentional effort, publicly-stated commitments, and processes for accountability to ensure the right thing is done and that efforts towards equity are more than ceremonial. Gender equity as a standard for programming and leadership is long overdue in the music industry. At the same time, it is only one of many issues of access and inclusion that we need to tackle collectively. Folk Alliance International is proud to formally commit to reaching the critical goal of equity across all measures, and in the process, contribute to a sea-change that recalibrates industry standards."
- Aengus Finnan, Executive Director, Folk Alliance International
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Conference Hotel

Reserve Your Room- Space is Limited
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is the official conference hotel. It is located in the heart of Montréal's thriving shopping and business district at900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W Montréal, Québec.
FAI's discounted room rate is $189 CAD ($148 USD).
Hotel Deposit.One night’s deposit equal to room and tax is due at time of booking and is charged to the credit card provided.
Cancellation Policy.Reimbursement of the deposit 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 ischarged $30 CAD ($24 USD) per night. Max occupancy is four per room.
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The ExChange, Nordic Edition
Last month, FAI hosted The ExChange, a pilot micro-conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, from April 9 - 11.The ExChangeprogram is a boutique event created to forge folk industry relationships, showcase emerging talent, celebrate legends, and strengthen networks internationally.
Nearly 100 attendees from Canada, Denmark, Egypt,England,Estonia,Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands,Norway, Sweden, and the United States experienced two days and three nights of networking sessions, panel discussions, and intimate showcases at a variety of local venues. Highlights included 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. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to iconic musician Ale Möller.
The ExChange,Nordic Edition was presented in partnership with Export Music Sweden, Music Norway, Tempi (Denmark), Music Finland, Music Estonia, Gothenburg and Co., Bilde, and Live at Heart.
Bandzoogle Webinar

How To (properly) Release and Sell Your Music Online

Join Banzoogle team members Dave and Allison for this free webinar to find out which platforms you should focus on, how to maximize revenues, and how to drive more music sales.
For more details and to access the FREE webinarclick here.
Lifetime Achievement Award Videos
Each year, FAI presents its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of legendaryLiving, Legacy, and Organizational/Academicfolk music figures.
Mississippi John Hurt, Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
Visit ourAwardspageto access the full video archive of past honorees.
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