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March 2019 Newsletter

Friday, March 8, 2019  
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Akwesasne Women Singers performing at the 2019 International Folk Music Awards in Montréal

The International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) were held in the lovely Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, on February 13, 2019.
Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) videos for Joni Mitchell (Living), Leonard Cohen (Legacy) and fRoots (Business/Academic) are now available for viewing. Click on their image or names in bold to view the full videos. To view all past recipient videos visit the IFMAs archive here.
In addition to awards announced earlier this fall, the Best of 2018 awards were revealed during the IFMAs. Finalists were compiled from “Best of 2018” radio and print media lists in Australia, Canada, the EU, UK, and US, in addition to the year-end NACC Folk and Folk DJ charts. FAI members pick the winners by popular vote.
Song of the Year (sponsored by American Songwriter) was awarded to Zoe Mulford for "The President Sang Amazing Grace" (recorded by Joan Baez). Artist of the year (sponsored by the Levitt Foundation) was awarded to I'm With Her. Album of the Year was awarded to Rifles & Rosary Beads, by Mary Gauthier.
Congratulations to all the winners and recipients.

2020 Registration is Now Open!

The next conference is in New Orleans. Please note that it is almost a month earlier on January 22 - 26th, 2020.
Registration is currently open to members only and will open to non-members on June 1st. As detailed in the pricing chart, during the June to January period, members continue to receive a discount of $100 per person, and groups of 3 or more get an additional $75 discount per person once all registration is open.
To become a member and receive the discount visit our membership page.
The 2020 conference theme is The Story of People and Place and will celebrate collaboration and the shaping of new shared identities, art, and forms of expression. Conscious programming will explore issues of diversity, inclusion, immigration, intersection, and influence. Ultimately each person has a story (especially as folk artists) of who they are, where they are from, and how the place they live in shapes them.
Official Showcase applications open on May 1st. Look for an email and social media announcements.
The discounted conference block hotel reservations are not yet open. Stay tuned!

We're headed back to Austin for SXSW! Join FAI for our Finest Folk official showcases at The Driskill (604 Brazos St.) on March 14th and 15th. Showcases start at 8pm each night. To see more check out our Facebook event.
Thursday, March 14th, features Sophie Auster, Rebecca Loebe, Bror Gunnar Jansson, Wood & Wire, Robbie Fulk & Linda Gail Lewis, and The Small Glories.
Friday, March 15th, features Elisapie, Melanie Brulée, Delle Sorelle, Leyla McCalla, Joshua Burnside, and Darling West.

Following five years of outreach, research, and partnership, including FAI's April 2018 presentation of The ExChange program in Gothenburg, Sweden, we are proud to share news of the inaugural Nordic Folk Alliance conference, and a large step toward the formal establishment of a Nordic Folk Alliance organization.
The first Nordic Folk Alliance conference will pick up where The ExChange event left off and is being overseen initially by representatives from Export Music Sweden, Music Norway, Music Finland, and Tempi (Denmark's Roots Music office). The event is managed by FAI's Nordic Representative, Åke Lundström, and is being produced by Live at Heart with support from Bilda, Göteborg&Co, Bose, and the Kultur i Väst fund.
The three-day showcase event is designed as a meeting place for Nordic folk and global roots musicians, and music industry. While the focus is on the continued development of the Nordic folk music network, brand, and market, delegates from around the world are welcome to attend. Conference activities will primarily be conducted in English.
The April 10-12, 2019 event is being held at the Waterfront Hotel in Gothenburg's city center, as well as adjacent venues. Modeled on the FAI conference format, the gathering will include panels, workshops, networking sessions, receptions, and both official (juried) and private showcases.
Registration is open and limited to 200 delegates. FAI members in good standing can use this code for a 50% discount: nordicfolk50

#GiveFOLKaChance Bed-in

On February 16th at 9:30am Folk Alliance International held a live-streamed "Bed-In" performance from the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal to commemorate the hotel's 50th anniversary of the original recording of "Give Peace A Chance." Over 300 groups (artists, industry, administrators, and fans) signed up to broadcast their personal version of the song... from their own beds (whether at the hotel, or elsewhere in the world).
Taking part in FAI's official broadcast from Room 1742 (the Lennon-Ono Suite) was a roster of artists representing the breadth of folk music at the conference including Cathy Fink, Connie Kaldor, Dom Flemons, Hafdis Huld, Jim Lauderdale, Mireya Ramos, Ramy Essam, Raye Zaragoza, Reggie Harris, Shakura S'Aida, SONiA, Stephen Fearing, Susan Aglukark, Vox Sambou, and Zoe Mulford, as well as artist/administrators Robert Lynch (CEO of Americans for the Arts) and FAI's Executive Director, Aengus Finnan.
To view the official FAI video of the livestreamed performance on our YouTube channel click here, and to see countless additional simultaneous broadcasts search the hashtag #GiveFOLKaChance.
Protest is part of the ethos of folk music, and while FAI's bed-in was held to celebrate the anniversary of an iconic event at the conference hotel and the lasting legacy of the "Give Peace a Chance" folk anthem, a protest was organized at the same time to call out John Lennon's abusive past, with organizers stating "to build a more peaceful society we need to acknowledge, address, and deconstruct abuse."
Despite John's important creative contributions to music, his abusive history goes against FAI's core values to build a compassionate community that fully rejects all forms of harassment and discrimination. We are grateful to those who brought this issue to light, we support those who protested the bed-in during our conference, and we encourage our community to keep us all accountable.
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Folk Charts

Folk Alliance International is proud to announce the complete transition of the Folk DJ Chart from an ad hoc volunteer team to full ownership and oversight by FAI.
The staff and board of FAI wish to extend thanks to Kari Estrin, Mara Levine, and Pete Damore along with Al Kniola, Ron Olesko, Ken Nagelberg, Annie Capps, Devon Leger, Lisa Grey, Erik Balkey, Michelle Fortier, Biff Kennedy, Loretta Sawyer, Matt Stone, and Michael Kornfeld for the past year of volunteer service related to the redevelopment of the FolkDJ Chart. We appreciate the time they spent to carry forward Richard Gillmann's original chart, refine systems, and further share charts online.
FAI looks forward to working with the FAI Radio Charts Task Force (and extended community) regarding any recommendations for future refinements to the chart. Comments, questions or tracking issues related to the FolkDJ chart can be sent to

NACC Chart Member Discount

In 2018, FAI negotiated a member discount of $50 a month for industry and $25 for artists to access the North American College and Community (NACC) Folk Chart. Find more details and sign up here.

Arts Advocacy Day

Folk Alliance International is a national partner of Arts Advocacy Day and along with other partners has submitted a letter in support of full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), enacting the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision, and supporting the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act.
FAI's Director of Operations, Jennifer Roe, attended the March 5th event in Washington, D.C., along with other representatives from all disciplines around the United States to meet with congressional leaders to advocate for continued and increased funding, legislature, and policy-making in favor of the arts. To learn more about Americans for the Arts, Arts Advocacy Day, and to view the 2019 Congressional Arts Handbook click here.
FAI Director of Operations, Jennifer Roe, with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

Grant Opportunity for US Artists

USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.
USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping, and visa preparation.
The next deadline is April 3, 2019, at 11:59PM ET for engagements between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. To learn more about the program, see additional deadlines, or access the online application, please visit their website. Please note that agents should not apply for USArtists International without their artists’ involvement and the grant application process should be artist-driven.
Social Media Shoutout

Shoutout to Sofia Rei on her Spirit of Folk award! The Folk community is fortunate to have wonderful people who have been actively engaged for many years building and honoring the spirit of folk. Thanks again Sofia for all your commitment and work!

Attention Members! Do you have great news to share with us? Follow @FolkAlliance and tag us on social media and let us know about the notable moments in your career!

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Thanks to our 2019 Conference Funders and Premuim Sponsors!

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