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June 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 21, 2018  
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Our bilingual host city is the world's second-largest French-speaking city, after Paris, France. Famous for its festivals, food, and unique metropolitan scene, this city of arts and music is the perfect setting for our international folk family reunion. Here are some more fun facts about Montréal:
  • Designated as UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity in 2006
  • Home to RESÓ, the giant Underground City with over 32km of commuter walkways connecting shopping centers and destinations in the city above.
  • Famous for year-round festivals: Montréal Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the International Film Festival on Art, and many more.
  • Host to four world-class universities: McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal, and UQAM.
  • Old Montréal on the St. Lawrence River is beautiful with its picturesque public squares, grand old-world architecture, and world-class museums.
  • John Lennon wrote "Give Peace a Chance" here during his and Yoko Ono's ‘bed-in’ at the FAI 2019 conference hotel, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth on June 1, 1969.
  • Home city to our partners Folquébec, Mundial Montréal, Folk Fest Sur le Canal, and others.
Montréal was a natural choice for our return to Canada. From Harmonium and La Bottine Souriante, to the McGarrigles, Paul Piché, Connie Kaldor, Jim Corcoran, Penny Lang, Lhasa, Orealis, Kashtin, and of course Leonard Cohen... Montréal has always been an epicenter for folk music.
Aengus Finnan, Executive Director of Folk Alliance International.
New! Promo Reel
We're proud to share our official promo reel for FAI 2019 in Montréal. All footage captured at FAI 2018 and edited by Shadow Scape Studios; the featured song, Le Laurier Blanc is by FAI Official Showcase artists, Les Poules À Colin.
PRO Advocacy
Following the success of the PRO House Concert Agreement negotiated by FAI in 2009, our Board's Advocacy Committee has assembled a negotiating team to approach the U.S. Performing Rights Organizations to discuss licensing fees and arrangements on behalf of small venues presenting live music.
To facilitate this process, we have created a short survey for small U.S. venues (defined as those with available seating of 200 or less). The information collected will be kept strictly confidential, will be used as aggregate data by the committee in their negotiations, and will not be used for any other purpose.
Please share this with your networks of small venues in the U.S.; more responses create a more accurate and comprehensive representation of small venue needs.
Small Venue PRO Survey
Sign Up for Folk Chart Updates
Sign-up here to receive a weekly update of the Top 10 albums from the NACC Folk Chart and the Folk DJ Chart. You can change your preferences at any time.
Folk charts promote folk music by giving labels, publicists, and artists a way of tracking their reach and influence. These charts also increase brand awareness and credibility of the folk genre.
TWO MONTHS REMAINING FOR FREE TRIAL OFFER for FAI MEMBERS: FAI member labels, promoters, and artists signup here to explore the Folk NACC Chart on a FREE trial basis.
FAI Summer and Fall Interns
FAI continues to grow in strategic ways to produce a world-class conference and offer year-round programs and services to our members and the broader folk community. One crucial program that enables this growth is FAI's Paid Internship Program, now in its fourth year. Please join us in welcoming a new crew of interns to FAI for the Summer, Fall, and through the conference. We're lucky to work with these talented individuals.
Carina is currently pursuing degrees in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Central Missouri. A Kansas City native, Carina is ready to further her design skills and open herself up to lots of new music and opportunities. In her free time, Carina loves/hates to run, is actively working to become a better cook, and is finishing a children's book she wrote about dancing.

Born and raised in Omaha, Dianne studied creative writing, literature, and French at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition to interning at FAI, Dianne teaches at Literacy KC and is working towards her MA in English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, and cuddling with her orange tabby cat, Hobbes, who lives up to his namesake.

Ian came to FAI from Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business Management. Recently, Ian interned at Ralph Jaccodine Management, working closely with artists, venues, and promoters to facilitate the advancing of shows and success of the artists’ performances.

Myles Vann is a native of Kansas City, MO and a senior at the University of Central Missouri studying Public Relations and Communications Studies. Myles loves photography and traveling even if that "travel" is within his own city. After graduation Myles hopes to move outside of the Midwest to California or Chicago.
Board of Directors' Spring Meeting
FAI Executive Director, Aengus Finnan with Immediate Past and Current Board Presidents, Michelle Conceison and Matt Smith
In addition to eight teleconference meetings annually, the FAI Board of Directors meets twice in-person (once during the annual conference and again in late spring). The elected and appointed individuals who serve on the board come from every sector of the industry and donate invaluable time and insight to ensure FAI's success and continued growth.

The 2018 meeting took place June 4th and 5th in Raleigh, NC. During this time the Board generated a new strategic plan, reviewed the past years' activities, approved the FY19 budget, and considered two final proposals for a stakeholder research project.

The meeting was complemented by an evening reception for FAI members from North Carolina, the unveiling of the FAI 2019 conference promo reel, and was followed by site inspections of local hotels and the convention center.
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FAI Montréal: Registration, Showcases, Awards, Panels, Hotel, and More!
Register Now
Make sure you are travel ready! Now is a good time to double check travel documents and get them updated. Non-Canadian attendees can visit this page for information on the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) and information to attend or showcase at industry events in Canada.
This is the perfect time for people to apply for Global Entry, a trusted traveler program that can save you hours by accessing expedited lines at Customs. More information and eligibility criteria can be found here.
Official Showcases
FAI Official Showcases are the most high profile way to be heard at the conference. This is where artists connect with buyers from all over the world.
Important Dates
August 15: Applications close (by 5 pm CST)
September 17: Artists notified of jury results
October 1: Artists announced publicly
October 19: Showcase schedule posted

*Official Showcase application fees are USD and non-refundable.
Apply for an Official Showcase
Submit Your Panel Ideas
We are still accepting suggestions for programming at the 2019 conference.
If you have a suggestion for a session or a speaker in the Industry, Presenter, Community, or Artist tracks, please submit your ideas via this link.
Deadline to submit proposals is June 30.

Submit Your Award Nominations
FAI members are encouraged to submit suggestions for future award recipients at the International Folk Music Awards. Follow this link and suggest a candidate for the following awards:
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Spirit of Folk Awards
  • Clearwater Award
  • People's Voice Award
  • Folk DJ Hall of Fame
For more information about awards and to submit your nominations click here.
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. In 2019, they will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in at the hotel where they recorded “Give Peace a Chance.”
FAI's discounted room rate is $189 CAD ($148 USD).
Reserve Your Hotel
Community Leadership at SPARC
Our Executive Director recently had the opportunity to provide a keynote address in Canada for SPARC, Igniting Rural and Remote Communities Through Performing Arts. Aengus delivered an unconventional keynote on The Light of Leadership, inviting attendees to participate in validation activities while reflecting on why they lead, and how to manage the expectations and doubts that come with the role.
Jean Ritchie, Living Lifetime Achievement Award 1998
Lifetime Achievement Award Videos

Each year, FAI presents its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of legendary Living, Legacy, and Organizational/Academic folk music figures.

Visit our Awards page to access the full video archive of past honorees.
Ye Vagabonds, FAI 2018 Official Showcase
Donate to First-Timer Scholarships

In 2018, FAI awarded more than 100 first-time artist scholarships and 43 first-time industry scholarships for a total value of $52,025. Each full or partial scholarship awarded helps a first-timer cover the $550 registration fee to attend FAI's annual conference.
“I attend many industry conferences in Europe, and I must say that the direct work I got as a result of Folk Alliance International has been much more productive than anything I have experienced before. The band I manage performed for the first time at FAI and have already been booked for a Winter 2018 Canadian tour with big plans for a Summer 2019 tour of the USA. It has been altogether a wonderful experience,"
Jonathan Pearson, Manager, Ye Vagabonds, 2018 Industry Scholarship Recipient
Consider the impact your own contribution will have on first-timers like Jonathan. Please donate $30, $50, $100 or any other amount you are able to help a first-timer attend FAI’s annual conference and to help our community grow. Donations can be made on a one-time or monthly basis.
For those who are in a better position to donate time than money, please consider volunteering for Connecting Folk, an FAI program that connects first-timers to FAI conference alumni to share tips and advice. Find out more and sign-up to volunteer here.
Donate to a First-Timer
Phyllis Barney at FAI 2018
Donor Spotlight
"I support Folk Alliance every year because no other organization out there brings the music community together in such a unique and vibrant way. The welcome and support that artists, presenters, journalists, and others experience through Folk Alliance keep the folk, roots and world music connected to each other and the music."
Phyllis Barney - Former FAI Executive Director
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