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FAI E-News October 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  
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STAY FOR SUNDAY's Festival and Music Camp 

Plan your travel so you can stay for a Sunday full of programming focused on enjoying folk music and connecting with folk friends. Billy Bragg is headlining the Kansas City Folk Festival, our Music Camp is stacked with some of the world’s best music instructors, and this year's closing party will be unforgettable.

Music Camp

Each year at our music camp, adult and student musicians of every level - from amateur to professional - study with the world’s foremost instructors and legendary artists. Intimate class settings with multiple tracks allow students to explore their instruments in-depth over three days.

Music Camp 2017 has been moved to Friday, Saturday, Sunday (February 17-19) in order to provide more delegates a chance to participate. $10 fee per class.

Camp programming is still in process with more classes and instructors being added. Tickets will be available for purchase when the schedule is confirmed. For more information visit

    Confirmed Instructors
  • April Verch
  • Beppe Gambetta
  • Bill Kirchen
  • David Wilcox
  • Eliza Gylkison
  • Kim Richey
  • Mark Rubin
  • Mark Stuart
  • Mary Flower
  • Rich DelGrosso
Classes offered at all levels for:
  • Banjo
  • Bass
  • Dance
  • Fiddle
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Percussion
  • Songwriting
  • Ukulele
  • Voice

Music Camp Director: Doug Cox

Doug Cox is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Dobro and guitar. He has worked in the music business for 32 years and published four books and five instructional videos on Dobro and guitar playing. Doug has been both founder and instructor at notable music camps all over the world including Sore Fingers (England), Blues Guitar Camp in (Kerrville), Hornby Island Blues Camp, and Acoustic Alaska. This is his second year as Camp Director at FAI. As Camp Director, Doug programs the camp and coordinates access to some of the world’s greatest instructors.

Click here for a complete staff listing. 

2nd Annual Kansas City Folk Festival

Don’t miss our annual indoor wintertime folk festival. Festival is FREE for all conference attendees. The 2nd Annual public event will feature:

  • Main Stage: Billy Bragg*, David Wilcox, and more
  • Family Stage: The Okee Dokee Brothers, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Kansas City Stage: the finest of KC local talent
  • Regional Stage: acts from each of FAI's 5 regions
  • Global Roots Stage: international music traditions
  • Artisan Market: local jewelers, artists, luthiers, craft makers
  • Rise Up Singing: a multi-faith jubilee
  • An Irish céilidh: dance with caller
*Billy Bragg’s only scheduled concert is a headline performance at the Kansas City Folk Festival

For more information and a developing schedule of acts visit:

Remembering Roz Larman

Monday, October 10th was met with tremendous sadness when we heard the news of the passing of a dear community member and leader, Roz Larman. 

Roz's passing adds to the sense of sadness we all feel at the loss of so many icons and dear friends in our folk community this year.

To share this sense of loss from the FAI Board perspective, below are some words from Dan Navarro, past FAI Board President, and current Board member.

"Roz Larman, and her late husband Howard Larman, were simply the heart and soul of West Coast folk, the music, the scene, its very presence. Their Pacifica radio show ran over 40 years and presented practically everyone in folk-roots-singer-songwriter music, from legends like Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright, Jackson Browne, Kate Wolf, Tom Waits and the McGarrigles, to genre-crossers like Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Lucinda Williams, to relative newcomers like Antje Duvekot, Dar Williams the DittyBops, and hundreds more.

Their blessing could, in a single stroke, engender unshakable credibility in artists whose "folkiness" could be considered marginal or tenuous. Indeed, as was uttered more than a few times, if Roz liked it, it was folk. Such was her taste and gravity. While we know the circle of life and art and community will continue to turn, the void her passing leaves can simply never be filled."  

Roz's family has set up a gofundme account to help cover funeral expenses. Please consider donating here.  


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Conference News

Seasons Pass, So Do Lower Rates

Be sure to register for the conference before the Fall rate ends on November 30th.

Discounted Fall registration ends on November 30th

Discounted rates available.

Scholarships are available for artist and industry First-Timers.
Apply here!

Join our crew of dedicated volunteers. For more information and volunteer application visit our site.


Conference Flyer

Our 2017 Conference flyer is being sent to key industry offices and will be available at various conferences and events this fall.

Check out the digital copy here.

If you'd like a printed version to distribute on our behalf contact

Marketing Opportunities

The visual culture of the annual FAI conference is legendary. Promote your music business! Click here for a digital copy of our sales deck.

Contact Alex Mallett at or 816.221.3655 x6.

Folk Alliance Regional News

It's Election Season!

Our Southwest Regional Folk Alliance community recently exercised their right to vote. Join us in welcoming the new slate of regional FAI leadership for SWRFA (Southwest Regional Folk Alliance) :

  • Stuart Adamson
  • Dalis Allen
  • K.C. Clifford
  • Cheryl Duckett
  • Ken Gaines
  • Brian Kalinec
  • Charlie Stewart
Upcoming Regional Conferences
FARM - Folk Alliance Region Midwest
October 27-30, 2016 

Iowa City, IA
Buy Tickets/ More Info Here
NERFA - Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
November 10-13, 2016 

Stamford, CT
Buy Tickets/ More Info Here
May 17-21, 2017:              SERFA - Southeast Regional Folk Alliance | Montreat, NC
Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, 2017:     SWRFA - Southwest Regional Folk Alliance | Austin, TX
October 5-8, 2017:            FAR-WEST - West Regional Folk Alliance | Bellevue, WA

Folk Alliance Partner Events

FAI is proud to be a promotional sponsor for upcoming events.

October 19-23, 2016
Galicia, ESP
Tickets | More Info
Folk Music Ontario
October 20-23, 2016
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Tickets | More Info
Australian Music Week
November 2-4 2016
Sydney, AUS
Tickets | More Info
Mundial Montreal
November 15-18, 2016
Montreal, QC, CAN
Tickets | More Info
ChileArgentinaBrazil Tour
VIP multi-national music trade mission tour.
November 30 - December 10, 2016

Santiago, Chile | Nov. 30 | Meetings and intros.
Valdivia, Chile | Dec. 1-3 | FLUVIAL
Buenos Aires, Argentina | Dec. 4-5 | BAFIM
Porto Alegre, Brazil | Dec. 6 | AUDIO PORTO
Sao Paulo, Brazil | Dec. 7-10 | SIM SP

Registration | More Info


Congratulations to Bob Dylan, poet laureate of folk music! 
Each year, we present the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of some of the great Legends of Folk, including 2010 honoree and 2016 Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan. Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.

It's That Time of Year Again!

We are preparing to launch FAI's Annual Giving Campaign in November. Our year-round advocacy efforts and outreach programs rely on the support of funders and the generosity of community members like you.

Look for our Annual Report and campaign invitation in November. If you’d like to make a donation today click 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.

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Albury NSW, Australia

Director, Hopkins Center for the Arts
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Hanover, NH, USA

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City of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC, CAN

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