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July 2018 Newsletter

Tuesday, July 24, 2018  
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FAI Newsletter | July 2018
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Board of Directors' Call for Nominations
Current and Emeritus Board Members at FAI 2018
As announced on July 1st, and pursuant to Folk Alliance International's bylaws, the Nominating Committee is now looking for candidates interested in filling upcoming vacancies on the Board.
If you are interested in running for one of the open seats, click the button below, complete the form, and the Nominating Committee will reach out to you.
The Nominating Committee is tasked with putting together a slate that corresponds to a needed mix of skills, experiences, regions, and diversity. Therefore, not every person who expresses interest in running for a seat on the Board may be placed on the slate.
While you may express interest and be considered for the ballot as a non-member, to serve on the board you must be a voting member in good standing for the duration of the three-year term. Directors are elected “at large” and do not represent any specific organization or constituency.
For details of what is expected of Directors who join the FAI Board, see this document.
Submit a Board Nomination
*Deadline to submit is August 1st.
Community Events
As part of an increased effort to connect with our members and extended community, FAI Board and staff have been holding community receptions and info sessions outside of our ongoing presence at industry events in North America and internationally. These have included gatherings in Malibu, Raleigh, Baltimore, and London, England.

Most recently, board members Alka Sharma, Executive Director of Folk Music Ontario, and Ellen Stanley, Executive Director of the Minnesota Music Coalition, held receptions for key stakeholders in their respective cities. Each event was a great success, allowed our area-members to gather, and enabled our Executive Director, Aengus Finnan, to make valuable connections, screen our video reel, and make announcements.
Minneapolis, MN, USA, July 9, 2018
Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 26, 2018
Small Venue Survey
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 (PROs) 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 and concert series presenters (defined as those with available seating of 200 or less, not including house concerts). 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 Survey (Owner/ Operator)
Small Venue Survey (Guest Presenter)
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Getting to Montréal
This isn't the first time FAI has been to Montréal (the last time was in 2005), but considering two straight years with more than 1,000 first-timers in attendance, there are many who may be unfamiliar with our 2019 host city.
If this is true for you, don't stress about how to get there. With literally hundreds of direct flights and an Amtrak train that will deliver you precisely underneath our conference hotel, its an easy trip from anywhere in the world.
Here are a few links that might help non-Canadian travelers plan the trip:
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.

Six Month Validity Passport Rule

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
CHECK YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRATION DATE TODAY. DON'T DELAY!
Official Showcase Applications Close August 15!! (Price increase on August 1)
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
Volunteer Application NOW OPEN!
Join the Montréal CREW and register for the conference for FREE.
At FAI 2018, 231 volunteers donated 4,389 hours to assist in the production of the conference. It would not be possible without them.
Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer at the conference. You do not need to be in the music industry to volunteer – a good portion of our volunteers are enthusiastic folk fans.
Apply to the FAI volunteer crew here. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled. We will begin notifying volunteers in September 2018.
Apply to Volunteer
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
MORE FAI
Weekly and Monthly Folk Charts
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.
TEN DAYS REMAINS FOR OUR 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.
Eat, Sleep, Folk, Repeat!
This month our staff had a great time team bonding and doing some field research in preparation for our Canadian edition at the Alianait Arts Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Mariposa Folk Festival. We had a great time and are more energized than ever to be a part of this grand international folk family.
Richie Havens, Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
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.
Group photo at FAI 2018
NEW Lifetime Members!
We're thrilled to welcome THREE new lifetime members to FAI.
WELCOME TO OUR FOLK FAMILY
Cole Early, Linda Kraar, and Susan Martinez!
Becoming lifetime member is a great way to ensure you're always up to date with FAI events and benefits of membership. It's also a great way to support FAI's charitable mission.
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