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August 2019 Newsletter

Monday, August 5, 2019  
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August 2019 E-News 
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G'Day Australia! Save the Date.
Two years ago FAI began hosting a micro-conference event called The Exchange, designed to convene folk music artists and industry in international markets to network, strategize, and explore export opportunities. The first event was held in Ireland, followed by a Nordic edition in Sweden.
FAI is proud to announce that the 2020 edition will be held March 3 and 4 in Geelong, Australia in partnership with the Port Fairy Folk Festival. The event is designed as a gathering of artists, industry, and presenters from Australia and New Zealand. International delegates are also welcome to attend. Registration and details of The ExChange ~ Australia will be made public in September. Registration is limited for this boutique event.  
Notice of Annual General Meeting

NEW - CHANGE OF DAY & TIME - The next AGM (Annual General Meeting) for members of Folk Alliance International is scheduled at 4 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in the Waterbury Ballroom (on the 2nd floor) of the Sheraton Hotel (500 Canal Street) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AGM is open to all members and the public. Conference registration is not required to attend, but an ID is requested for those not wearing conference badge. 
New Orleans Advisors Committee
From left to right Kara St. Clair, Mark Fernandez, Lilli Lewis, and Mikayla Bruan
To support the FAI conference planning team, a local advisory committee convened with the help of Reid Wick, New Orleans-based Sr. Membership & Project Manager for the Recording Academy, and FAI board member. The committee consists of people from various roles and industries in the city. They are helping to connect FAI with local organizations and leaders, suggesting vendors and panelists, 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.
New Orleans committee members to date:
Alex Bosworth Holly Hobbs Mark Rubin
Bill Sabo Jan Ramsey Melanie Merz
Bridget Fleury  Kara St. Clair Mia Borders
Christine White Kate Durio Mikayla Braun
Dave Ankers Kelsey McCrary Rebekah Snedeker
Donna Santiago Kristin Sanders Reid Wick
Erin Frankenheimer Leyla McCalla Ron Rona
Gina Forsyth Lilli Lewis Scott Billington
Grayhawk Perkins Luther Gray Sean Ardoin
Greg Lucas Mark Fernandez Tara Hernandez
Herman Fuselier     
Private Showcase Floor Postering 

During the 2019 Montréal conference, through the Performing Arts Readiness” (PAR) project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an expert evaluated on-site the safety of the conference for our attendees. The PAR project seeks to improve emergency preparedness among performing arts organizations through advocacy and outreach.

While appreciating that artist posters are part of the visual culture of the late-night FAI experience, issues of waste, clutter, damage, ineffectiveness, and fire safety prompted us to consider options moving forward. Please take the following survey to help FAI decide the best possible direction. 

Take Survey

Applications are now open for the Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship.  This FULL RIDE Scholarship includes conference registration to FAI 2020 in New Orleans, hotel for 4 nights at the Sheraton New Orleans, travel compensation up to $500 USD, and more. 


  • Must program Folk and Global Roots Formats (50% of your playlist or more)

  • Must be internet, satellite, or terrestrial broadcaster.

  • Minimum one year on-air 

  • No more than eight years of broadcasting experience.

Applications are now open for the Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship.  This FULL RIDE Scholarship includes conference registration to FAI 2020 in New Orleans, hotel for 4 nights at the Sheraton New Orleans, travel compensation up to $500 USD, and more. 

Apply Now
Conference Round-Up
Upcoming Dates 

ALERT - HOTEL IS OVER 70% SOLDBook your room now

Official Showcase Upcoming Dates 

  • August 26: Artists notified of jury results
  • September 5: Artists announced publicly
  • September 23: Showcase schedule posted
Register here for the conference.
Limiting Fan Registrations
The 2020 conference is on course to hit maximum capacity. In order to ensure that artists and industry are able to register and access this industry event, music fans (non-voting members; people without a professional role in music) are limited to 100 registrants this year. The exception is for those who volunteer (until the volunteer numbers are met). 
Folk Chart 
Grant Program for U.S. Artists
USArtists International, a grant program for performing artists/ensembles in the United States and its territories, helps fund U.S. artists' travel abroad to perform in cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces; professionally developing U.S. artists and creating international cultural exchange opportunities. The only program of its size and scope in the country.  USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding. The program has three rounds with application deadlines of September 5, 2019, November 22, 2019 and April 1, 2020. 
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Things to do in NOLA
FAI choose New Orleans to host the 2020 conference because of its rich musical heritage and strong cultural history.  We asked our local advisory partner, WWOZ, to let us know what some of their "favorites" are.  
George Ingmire (Wednesday New Orleans Music Show) favorites:
Restaurant: Coop's on Decatur Street
Music Venue: DBA on Frenchmen Street
Attraction: The French Quarter
Hidden/Secret Spot: The area called "The End of the World," where Bywater meets the Industrial Canal

Maryse Dejean (Monday afternoon Jazz From the French Market) favorites:
Food: Red beans and rice
Neighborhood: Holy Cross in the Lower 9th Ward 
Poboy: The shrimp po'boy with Crystal hot sauce from Venti Mart
Little-known fact: Heavy influence of Haitian immigrants including Ironwork, architecture, and musical contributions
Social Media Shoutout
Ramy Essam, 2017 Spirit of Folk award recipient and a former FAI Official Showcase artist, was recently one of the recipients of the 2019 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent by the Human Rights Foundation. Watch his speech and musical performance from this year's Forum on the Youtube link below.  

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!

Don't forget to follow Folk Alliance International on social media and tag us in your photos! #FolkAlliance
Ramy Essam 2019 Václav Havel International Prize speech and perfomance. 
Video Archive 
Each year FAI presents its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA's) to honor the cultural impact of a legendary Living, Legacy, and Organization/Academic folk music figures. In 2016, an LAA was presented to the legacy of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.   

You can see more video archives at FAI's Youtube channel
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
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