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June 2019 Newsletter

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Bethlehem & Sad Patrick
Philadelphia, U.S.
This year, FAI awarded more than 87 first-time artist scholarships and 107 first-time industry scholarships to attend the conference, for a total value of $100,850, the largest amount to date.

Please support the scholarship fund by our fiscal year end of June 30th. 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.
"Receiving the scholarship made all the difference in our being able to attend FAI and immerse ourselves in the experience, getting the most out of it. We had a wonderful time in Montreal, learned a lot, made connections and heard a ton of great music, and the extra financial help made a real difference."
Bethlehem & Sad Patrick
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Award Designer

Each year, FAI commissions Mark Franzke to make the Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, Clearwater, and People’s Voice awards. In 2013, after a career as an artist with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mark started working full-time as an artist/luthier, making fine mandolins and guitars. At that time, he saw that FAI had just moved their headquarters to Kansas City and introduce himself to the late Louis Meyers (then Executive Director of FAI). He has designed and crafted the awards ever since.
Joni Mitchell LAA 2019
The first year of the conference in Kansas City, Mark also displayed his instruments in the trade show, and in his words "made valuable connections with artists, festival promoters and other people in the industry."

Finest Folk First Fridays - Call for Artists

Aireene Espiritu, Finest Folk First Fridays Performance
If you are a touring artist that will be coming through Missouri between August and November of this year, we invite you to apply to be a Finest Folk First Fridays artist in the headquarters of FAI. You can learn more by visiting our Finest Folk webpage.
To be considered for a performance complete this application. A stage plot and live performance video link are required.
In selecting artists, FAI considers gender parity, cultural diversity, and genre representation. FAI members in good standing will be given priority.
Submit Here
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Cultural Equity

In addition to various racial justice, diversity, and inclusion training sessions undertaken by FAI staff over the past three years, the following activities took place in May as part of an ongoing commitment to the strategic plan and values of the organization.
FAI Staff and board participated in a training session led by Clay Lord, Vice-President of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. The session focused on the process that non-profits undertake to develop a Cultural Equity Statement. This is the formal start to a year-long process. To learn more about AFTA's Cultural Equity plan process please visit this page.
Shoshona Kish with FAI Staff
FAI staff met with artist/facilitator (and FAI's 2019 Spirit of Folk recipient) Shoshona Kish to discuss plans for the second International Indigenous Music Summit. Integral to the conversation was an exploration of the historical context, systemic issues, and cultural opportunities related to the inclusion of Indigenous artists, and the reasons that FAI has committed to this representation and community outreach over the past five years.
Brian Kalinec - SWRFA, Michael Kornfeld - NERFA, Matt Smith - FAI Board, Jerod Rivers - FAI Staff, Abby Parks - SERFA, Art Menius - SERFA, Janet Dukes - FARWest, Charlie Mosbrook - FARM (not pictured)

Regional Leaders Retreat

Recently the leaders of each FAI Region (NERFA, SERFA, SWRFA, FARM, FARWest) met in Chattanooga to discuss their organizations, share best practices, and explore the core issue of Board diversity. A training session was held through the resources of Nonprofit Connect (of which FAI is a member), and follow up training will now be conducted by each Region's full board, in advance of future Cultural Equity sessions at each region.
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Kansas City Folk Festival
FAI is proud to present the 4th annual Kansas City Folk Festival on Sunday, June 30th. This year's festival marks the formal separation of the public from the industry conference and moves outdoors to the Guadalupe Center (the oldest consecutive running Hispanic Center in the U.S.). To find out more visit our webpage.




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4pm "Here's to the Roots" showcase featuring Regina del Carmen, Sisters Havilah & Kenese, and Danny Cox
5pm Raye Zaragoza
6pm Quique Escamilla
7pm Violet and the Undercurrents

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Video Archive
In 2008 FAI presented Mavis Staples a Lifetime Achievement Award. Below is the commissioned video for this recognition. Visit our Awards page to access the full video archive of past honorees or go to our Youtube page to access those and other FAI videos.

Mavis Staples 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
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