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August 2018 Newsletter

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FAI Newsletter | August 2018
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Final Deadline
These are the final days for artists, agents, managers, and labels to submit an application for FAI 2019 Official Showcases. Official Showcase artist applicants are guaranteed a discounted rate to the conference regardless of the outcome of the submission.
This is where artists connect with buyers from all over the world. Apply today for the most high profile way to be heard at the conference.
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
Apply for an Official Showcase
Stakeholder Reasearch
FAI's strategic plan encompassing the years 2015 - 2018 directs FAI to pursue market research to assist and inform the organization in making data-informed decisions.

Following an international RFP and thoughtful selection process, we are excited to announce that FAI has begun working with research and evaluation firm, Slover Linett. The group has worked with such notable clients as The Art Institue of Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Levitt Pavilions, The Smithsonian Museum, The Goodman Theater, and more.

The purpose of the research is to do a formal assessment of the folk music field encompassing the professional community and the folk sector as it fits within and relates to the broader music industry. The high-level goals for this study are to:
  • Encourage the folk community to self-reflect and engage in a deeper
    understanding of itself.
  • Continue to build meaningful conversation and collaboration between folk
    artists, presenters, and producers.
  • Lead a responsive dialogue about the evolving state of the folk field.
Stay tuned as we roll out a survey to YOU, our core stakeholders this fall.
Folk DJ Scholarship
Applications are now open for the Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship. This FULL RIDE scholarship includes conference registration to FAI 2019, hotel for four nights at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, travel compensation up to $500 USD, and more.

- Must program Folk and Global Roots formats (50% of playlist or more).
- Must be an internet, satellite, or terrestrial broadcaster.
- Minimum one year on-air.
- No more than eight years of broadcasting experience.

This scholarship was created and is managed by a committee of Folk DJs who are invested in the future of folk music. Gene Shay, the scholarship's namesake is frequently referred to as the "Dean of Folk DJs." His career spanned more than five decades.

Apply for a Folk DJ Scholarship!
Wisdom of the Elders Announced
Gilles Garand
Ian Tamblyn
Marilyn Gilbert
Since 2010, legends and luminaries of the folk community have been featured at the conference through the Wisdom of the Elders live-interview event. Conceived of and hosted by Sonny Ochs, the sessions are recorded and conducted as interviews in small group settings where the elders interact and share stories and insight from their experiences over a lifetime in folk music.
We're thrilled to share the 2019 FAI Conference Elders: Gilles Garand, Ian Tamblyn, and Marilyn Gilbert. Click here to read more about them!
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Montréal Advisors - A Local Committee
In order to prepare our team to coordinate the logistics of our conference in a city at a distance from our headquarters and mostly unknown to our staff, we have engaged a local advisory committee with the help of our Canadian Representative, Treasa Levasseur and Montréal-based board member, Greg Torrington. The committee consists of people from various roles and industries in the city. They are helping to connect us with local organizations and leaders, to spread word about the conference, suggesting vendors, suggesting panelists, providing some translation, and generally acting as ambassadors for FAI. We're grateful for their input and over the next few months, you'll be hearing directly from a few of them.
Montréal committee members:
Alexandre de Grosbois Garand - Artist
Anique Granger - Artist
Bill Garrett - Borealis Records

Boogát - Artist

Cecile Doo Kingue - Artist

Connie Kaldor - Artist

Dave Cool - Bandzoogle

Deborah Cognet - Mundial Montréal

Elaine Lafond - Traquen'art
Genevieve Nadeau - Compagnie du Nord
Gilles Garand - Folkquébec

Heidi Fleming - Agent, Manager
Joelle Robillard - Musique nomade

Matt Large - Hello Darlin' Productions
Marc Maziade - Artist
Melisande de Grosbois Garand - Artist
Rebecca Anderson - Folk Fest Sur le Canal
Déborah Cognet
Montréal Favorites:
Insights from the Committee
We keep hearing Montréal is the coolest city in Canada. In order to help us share more about what makes it such a great place to visit, we have asked for feedback from our Montréal committee. Welcome to this inaugural installation of our new e-news series, Montréal Favorites.
Déborah Cognet works at Mundial Montréal and is fueled by the beautiful energy of the world music community. She holds a masters degree in musicology and music administration and frequently collaborates with organizations and festivals in France, Australia, and Canada.
Please enjoy Déborah’s responses to our questionnaire of Montréal favorites:
Favorite restaurant: Omnivore (Middle Eastern) or Nil Bleu (Ethiopian) or.. or … there are so many!
Favorite music venue: Club Balattou (32 years old of live music of all kind!)
Favorite neighborhood: Le Quartier Portuguais

Registration, Showcases, Scholarships, Volunteering, Hotel, and More!
Register Now
Summer rate is ending, prices increase on September 1!
Private Showcase Presenter Application NOW OPEN!
Each evening following the Official Showcases, the “Music Floors” come alive with thousands of Private Showcases in hotel rooms turned into listening rooms - a perfect space for presenting and discovering the best talent in folk music.
Applications are open to host a room. Past room hosts have included artists, record labels, publicists, state and provincial music offices, national export offices, collectives, and some great fans. Take your conference experience to the next level, and apply to be a Private Showcase host!

Scholarship Application NOW OPEN!
Artist and industry First-timers can apply for partial and full scholarships to FAI. Deadline to apply for First-timer Artist Scholarships is September 30th and are open to Official Showcase applicants only. First-timer Industry Scholarships have a rolling deadline.
In 2018, FAI awarded 146 First-timer scholarships. These scholarships are supported the by the Elaine Weissman Scholarship Fund for First Conference Attendees. Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund today!

Volunteer Application NOW OPEN!
Join the Montréal CREW and attend 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.
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*.
*The hotel is selling well ahead of pace and it is anticipated it will sell out in early fall.
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 unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
Make sure you are travel ready! Now is a good time to double check any additional 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.
Small Venue and Concert Series 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 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)
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.
Access to the Top 10 for each chart is provided for community benefit through FAI. Members and folk music professionals are encouraged to subscribe to the charts for full access.
Elektra Records, Organizational
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.
Donor Spotlight
"Folk Alliance is a critically important organization for all of us who believe not just in folk music but in social and economic justice. I'm proud to be a member and supporter."
Si Kahn, Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay

Si Kahn is a past Official Showcase artist and Spirit of Folk Recipient at FAI.

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