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E-News Dec. 22

Tuesday, December 22, 2015  
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Registration Rates Increase Jan. 1

Happy Holidays! Just a reminder that conference and group registration rates will increase on January 1, 2016. Be sure to register online before December 31. 

Conference Info

Volunteers Welcome!
Interested in attending the FAI conference for free?? Current FAI members are eligible to volunteer. By working 16 hours at the conference, we will grant you one full conference registration - save money & volunteer. Apply today!

Advertising Opportunities
It's not too late to purchase elevator skins, tote bag inserts, digital ads, sponsorship opportunities and exhibit hall booths. Contact Alex Mallett, for more info.

First-Timer Industry Scholarship
FAI offers first-timer scholarships for Presenters or Industry Personnel who have not previously attended our conference. The amount varies between 50%-100% of the registration fee. If you know of a first-time attendee who is an agent, manager, presenter or industry personnel, please direct them to deadline to apply is December 31, 2015.

Listen Online! 
Listen to the 2016 Official Showcase artists online on either Magnifi or Spotify

Support the Folk DJ Reception
Each year a Folk DJ reception is held at the conference. You're invited to contribute funds to cover the cost of the reception. Anything over the amount needed will be given to the Gene Shay Emerging Folk DJ Scholarship Fund. Interested? Click here

Take the Archive Challenge!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress. To celebrate, Folk Alliance International (FAI) joins the AFC to invite YOU to perform your own version of a song, tune, or story from the AFC Archive on the 40th Anniversary Showcase Stage at the 2016 Conference.

This Showcase will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m. To reserve your spot, just fill out this short form and submit it by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.

NOTE: This showcase is open to ALL registered Folk Alliance conference attendees who wish to perform… and there is no fee for participating. Performers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit: 1 song each; Solo or Duo only. 


Cancellation Policy Reminder
Every contract has its fine print that's easily overlooked. Please be reminded that:

1. Registration fees are refundable (minus a $50 handling fee) until December 31, 2015.
2. Those canceling between January 1, 2016 and January 17, 2016, will receive dollar value credit toward the 2017 Conference/Camp in Kansas City, MO (February 2017). Conference credits cannot be used toward membership fees nor do they guarantee future exhibit space.
3. Unfortunately there are no refunds or credits for cancellations after January 17, 2016, including due to illness or weather.
4. There are no substitutions of participants allowed except in the case of company employees, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Folk Alliance International office.

New Lifetime Members!

A huge congrats & thank you to our two latest Folk Alliance Lifetime Members!
Laura Lind
Erin McCabe
Lee's Summit 
Upgrade your membership today!

Donor Wall

Our deepest thanks to the donors who have supported the overall mission of Folk Alliance International as a 501c3 organization during the 2015/16 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. All donors are listed online on our Donor Wall

Help us reach our annual goal of $50,000. Donations received by December 31, 2015 will be matched by an anonymous donor!
Donate today!

FAI Election Results

On December 15th, Folk Alliance International announced the results of this year's Board of Directors election, as well as the approval of 3 referendum questions authorizing changes to the bylaws.

Re-elected to the Board are incumbents:
  • Michelle Conceison
  • Ralph Jaccodine
  • Lisa Schwartz
Newly elected to the Board are FAI members:
  • Deana McCloud
  • Matt Sever (Matt the Electrician)

Job Board

Museum Curator, Latino Culture (Curator for Digital and Emerging Media)
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Smithsonian Institution
Washington DC, USA
view online job posting

PR Manager
Factory 92
Hamburg, Germany
view online job posting

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