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September 2019 Newsletter

Friday, September 6, 2019  
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September E-News 
Cultural Equity
In 2016, FAI’s board of directors and staff released a Values Statement that continues to guide the organization regarding diversity, inclusion, access, and internationalism. These values are reflected in our strategic plan, program content, and resources provided for the extended folk music community. FAI continues to conduct board and staff training, is supporting board diversification training for each regional organization, and has commenced a year-long process to develop an overarching Cultural Equity Plan. Anyone with experience in cultural equity work or representing a marginalized community who is interested in advising FAI on the development of a Cultural Equity Plan is invited to fill out the cultural equity advisory interest form.  
Affinity Groups
As part of the process, this year’s conference will host a global summit focused on cultural equity, accompanied by affinity group meetings. Affinity groups are opportunities for people to gather based on shared identity, especially as it relates to minority or marginalized communities. Members and conference attendees are invited to provide input to help FAI determine what affinity groups to hold space for at this year's conference.
Affinity Group Input
As a primer to all of these conversations and activities, a commissioned cultural equity webinar is being offered (see below). 
Upcoming Webinar - Introduction to Cultural Equity 
Introduction to Cultural Equity is presented by Folk Alliance International in partnership with Renaissance Management & Training Solutions, LLP. This webinar will engage, inspire, challenge, and provoke conversations related to diversity, inclusion, and parity to encourage all to become positive change agents in their community. The goal is to facilitate cultural enrichment, understanding, growth, and proficiency through the presentation of terms, definitions, and concepts. This webinar will provide tools and knowledge to pursue further education and work needed to achieve cultural equity in the extended folk music community. This is a free webinar.  

Date: September 17
Time: 12 PM CST
Register for the Webinar
Finest Folk 
FAI will again present our Finest Folk series at both AMERICANAFEST® and IBMA. You can find the schedule for each event below. We look forward to seeing some of you there! 
September 13, 2019
The Basement
1604 8th Ave S #330
Nashville, TN 37203
4:00 pm - Ordinary Elephant
4:35 pm - Rose Cousins
5:10 pm - Josh Halverson
5:45 pm - Raye Zaragoza
6:25 pm - The Maes
International Bluegrass Music Association
September 26, 2019
Raleigh Convention Center 
500 S Salisbury St #304
Raleigh, NC 27601
2:00 pm - Gina Furtado
2:35 pm - Twisted Pine
3:10 pm - Tellico
3:45 pm - Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
4:20 pm - The Dead South
Folk Chart 
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FAI Fall/Winter Interns 
As of 2014, FAI has been providing paid internship opportunities as on-the-job training, course-related practical experience, and professional development for college students who are interested in the music industry, folk music community, event planning, and arts administration.
Elizabeth comes to FAI as our Conference Planning Intern. She will work directly with the Director of Operations, Jennifer Roe. 

After almost four years of working for Disney in Orlando, FL, Elizabeth made her way back home to Kansas City. She is no stranger to the arts and music world. She has years of experience tour managing, stage managing, producing, as well as performing on stage. Moving back to pursue a career in voice acting, she also wants to remain fully immersed in the music industry and hopes to expand her knowledge and appreciation of different genres of folk through her internship with FAI.
Membership and Technology intern, Zac Cafferty will be working closely with Membership Manager, Jerod Rivers. 

He is originally from Chicago but moved to Kansas City in 2002 where he fell in love with the caring and open community.  He met his wife during his freshman year at KU and shares two children with her. His love for music has been with him for as long as he can remember and was never curbed by his self-proclaimed terrible voice or inability to stay on beat. Having completed Salesforce contact management administrator training, he is looking forward to combining his love for music, database systems, and a positive work environment in this internship.
Conference Roundup
Poster Survey Results 
In response to a safety and damage audit conducted at the Montréal conference, last month a survey regarding postering on the private showcase floors was shared with current and former conference attendees by email.  It was also posted on FAI's social media channels. A total of 604 community members responded. Three options were given and respondents were asked to number each from one to three with one being their top choice. These are the ranked results that informed our new policy.
37.75% - 228 votes (New Policy)
Only allow registered Private Showcase hosts to hang posters on the Private Showcase floors, with posters specific to their room (listing all artists, times, and room number). FAI would designate sections of the hallway where postering is not permitted for safety and way-finding signage. A Poster Wall would be designated on the main floor where all artists would be encouraged to hang one poster for all attendees to reference and vote on for a poster design award.

36.75% - 222 votes 
No posters permitted in the hallways of the Private Showcase floors; however, promotions would be permitted by registered rooms hosts on their Showcase Room door (i.e. door skin installed professionally). A Poster Wall would be designated on the main floor where all artists would be encouraged to hang one poster for all attendees to reference and vote on for a poster design award.

25.5% - 154 votes 
Allow anyone to poster on the Private Showcase floors with the following conditions: a) anyone who posters must go through brief online training to ensure safe and damage-free application on hotel property, b) any incorrect tape used (regardless of damage or not) would result in poster removal and a $25 fine. FAI would designate sections of the hallway where postering is not permitted for safety and way-finding signage.

More information regarding the new policy will be shared within the next few months.  
Conference Updates and Info
9-5 Official Showcase Artists announced 
9-16 Artist scholarships close
9-23 Official Showcase artists scheduled
10-31 Advanced Registration rate ends

BOOK YOUR ROOM!!  Hotel is at 83% capacity 

For a list of registered presenters (including folk clubs, performing arts centers (PAC), festivals, concerts series, and various other venues) click here. This is updated weekly. 
More Conference Updates
View our sponsorship deck or contact Alex Mallett at
View Sponsor Deck
Social Media Shout Out 
In 2017 Molly Tuttle's "You Didn't Call My Name" won FAI's International Folk Music Award (IFMA) for "Song of the Year". She recently made an appearance on CBS This Morning. Check the video out below by clicking on the picture.
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
Video Archive
In 2017, FAI paired Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli with the Topeka Women's Correctional Facility as part of its Artist in Residence (AIR) program for a project entitled "Blues Behind Bars."  An all inmate choir assembled and rehearsed for a concert that was presented to fellow prisoners and guests with the intention to establish a permanent music program. 
2017 Artist in Residence Rita Chiarelli with the Topeka Freedom Singers 
Thank you to our 2020 Conference Premium Sponsors 
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