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Registration Now Open!

Early bird registration is NOW OPEN for the 29th annual Folk Alliance International Conference. The five-day conference (to be held February 15-19, 2017) draws 2500 registrants from 17 countries to the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry. The conference is known for its community atmosphere, business networking opportunities, and as an industry hotspot for new talent discovery. The discounted early bird rate ends on August 31, 2016.

New Conference Website

Our NEW conference website is the place to find out all the information you need for the 2017 Conference including registration, applications, hotel reservations, and program details (once published).

This year's theme is Forbidden Folk, designed to Celebrate Activism in Art by exploring the role of Folk music in civil, labor, pacifist, environmental movements. Addressing this theme as Keynote Speaker is legendary UK artist and activist Billy Bragg.  

Official Showcase Applications Open June 15 - October 3, 2016

Almost 200 Official Showcase artists are selected through a juried process by presenters and industry experts who review over 700 applications annually.

The Jury considers quality of work, career trajectory, and tour-readiness. They recommend both emerging and established artists, a balanced mix of gender, folk music traditions, cultures, geography, languages, sounds and genres (from Blues to Celtic, Traditional to World, and songwriters to instrumentalists, etc), as well as a continually refreshed list of artists.

As has been the process the past two years, artists are not eligible to apply if they have had two consecutive Official Showcases for the past two years (the 2015 and 2016 conferences). 

Find out more information about the application process HERE.

Earlier Deadlines for 2017 Conference

June 1, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Registration Launch Date

June 15, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Official Showcase Applications Open

August 31, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Early Bird Prices End

September 1, 2016 - Scholarship Applications Open

October 3, 2016 - Official Showcase Applications Due

October 31, 2016 - Official Showcase Artists Announced

November 30, 2016 - NEW earlier date - Fall Registration Rate Ends

January 31, 2017 - NEW earlier date - Winter Registration Rate Ends

February 1, 2017 - NEW FINAL RATE - Final Registration Rate Starts


Click HERE for a list of all deadlines.

Regional Updates 

NERFA (the North East Regional Folk Alliance conference) has found a new home at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT, USA. As a result of the move, ALL CONFERENCE DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED!

NEW deadlines are listed below and on the NERFA website

Formal Showcase Applications - June 15, 2016
TriCentric Showcase Applications - July 15, 2016
Workshop and Panel Discussion Proposals - June 15, 2016

NERFA Conference - November 10-13, 2016

Contact Us: Folk Alliance International, 509 Delaware #101, Kansas City MO 64105

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