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FAI E-News July 2016

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Mòd, Aradhana, Féile, Tamasha Festival!

A festival by any other name … is still a festival!
In English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and many other languages we use the same word: festival, the roots of which are feast or adoration. Called mòd in Scotland, Aradhana in India, féile in Ireland, tamasha in Kenya, and mahrajan throughout the Arab world, the festival in celebration of folk music is alive and well!  

Our members are producing, performing at, or attending festivals en masse this busy season! We’re impressed by the engagement and it’s a great reminder that folk music inspires community gathering and cultural exploration that knows no borders.   
To celebrate the festival tradition, highlight our members' musical feats, and capture the level of activity happening in folk festivals around the world, we’ve created a resource for all to use.

Visit our sortable international festival calendar here. If we’ve missed any you’re fond of, be sure to let us know by emailing at
Upcoming Member Festivals

Our First 2017 Platinum Sponsor

FAI is proud to announce platinum sponsor, GigSalad who are joining our community as a business solution for presenters and artists.

GigSalad is an online platform for artists to promote their talent, connect with event hosts and planners, and get booked for private and public gigs ranging from weddings and parties to corporate events and festivals. As the largest entertainment booking platform in the U.S. and Canada, they help talented people do what they love.

Interested in sponsorship with FAI? Access our sales brochure here, or email Alex at

Conference Team Profile

We are pleased to announce that Cindy Cogbill is serving as Program Coordinator for the 2017 Conference. In this role, Cindy works closely with FAI's Executive Director and Programming Committee to determine and facilitate the schedule of panels and professional development workshops, as well as the mentorship and speed-dating network sessions, and emcee list.

Cindy is well-known by most FAI members and delegates as the past Managing Director of FAI while the office was based in Memphis. In addition to her deep connection to the folk music community, she has served as a professor at Visible Music College, is an ArtsMemphis fellow, and is currently the Programming and Marketing Coordinator at Levitt Shell in Memphis. You can contact Cindy at 

Click here for a complete staff listing. 

Calling All Volunteer Folk!

The world’s largest gathering of the folk music community doesn’t happen without a legion of dedicated and talented volunteers. Applications are now open for friendly, reliable, and punctual individuals to join our crew at FAI’s 29th Annual Conference, February 15-19, 2017, in Kansas City, MO.

The volunteer approval process will begin in October 2016. Applicants who we are not able to place will still receive the benefit of a discounted registration rate based on the time the application was received.

Volunteer perks include:

  • Free conference registration (including Closing Party)
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Hospitality room
  • KC Folk Fest access

Election Call for FAI Board Candidates

The Nominating Committee of FAI's Board of Directors is now looking for candidates interested in being considered for the ballot to elect new Directors.

Board service requires being a voting member in good standing for the duration of a three-year term; however, non-members may submit for consideration. Directors are elected "at large" and do not represent any specific constituency.  

For more information click here or send an email to  

Deadline to submit is August 1st.

Required Information

  1. Member ID# - (Not required for non-members)
  2. Photo 
  3. 100-word bio in the third person
  4. 50-word ballot statement in the first person
Submit Here

Celebrating 30 Years of Folk Alliance

Share your Folk Alliance memories! We've started gathering files, images, and stories for a 30-year retrospective at the 2018 Conference. Please contribute to the archive here.
We are still hoping to acquire the following Conference programs:
  • 1989 - Malibu
  • 1990 - Philadelphia
  • 1991 - Chicago
  • 1995 - Portland

Jennifer Cutting, from the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress, sent us a copy of our 2011 conference program book. We're grateful for the help filling the missing holes in our archive.  

Still Searching

We are still looking reconnect with past board members with whom we lost contact. If you are in contact with anyone named below, please let them know we want to connect as we prepare for our 30th annual conference in 2018. You can also send contact information to

  • Ray Bloom
  • Camila Bryce-Laport
  • Barbara Karol
  • Jo Long
  • Doug Miller
  • Hardin Davis

Partner Events

FAI is proud to be a promotional sponsor of two upcoming Kansas City area events.

Joshua James - Cause a Scene Tour 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 7pm
Houndstooth - 507 Walnut St., KCMO

Buy Tickets Here
Milk Carton Kids
August 28, 2016 @ 7pm
Liberty Hall - 
644 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 
Buy Tickets Here


To purchase ad space in a future FAI e-newsletter, please email

Key Deadlines for the 2017 Conference

August 1, 2016 - Private Showcase Host 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.

Registration Rates

Link to Early Bird registrations
Link to discounted hotel reservations
Apply for an Official Showcase here

Job Board

Marketing Manager
Americans for the Arts

Washington, D.C., USA

Director, Cultural Engagement
Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Have a job opening you want included? Email

Thank You to Our Funders!

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