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FAI E-News November 2016

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Official Showcase Artists Announced

This year’s Official Showcase selections represent an exciting array of folk genres from across the US, Canada, and 15 additional countries representing Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Indie-Folk, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters, and Traditional.

For the full list of 2017 Official Showcase artists visit

Artists interested in additional showcasing this year are invited to explore private showcase opportunities.

Philly Award for Folk Alliance

FAI received a Philly Award for excellence in nonprofit marketing, Short Video category from Nonprofit Connect. Now in their 14th year, the Philly Awards celebrate local nonprofits driving social change through outstanding achievements in communications and marketing.

The video “What Happens at Folk Alliance Conference” was produced in partnership with Irish film production company, Ambiguous Fiddle Media.

Are the Times A Changin'?

Our conference theme, Forbidden Folk, begs the question, "where have all the folk singers gone?". 

If ever there was a time to share music on issues of concern (no matter the perspective), it is under this banner as we celebrate activism in art this year.

Global issues related to the environment, discrimination, poverty, consumerism, resource wars, immigration, and systemic injustice are as concerning now as they were in the 60’s and 70’s. 

We invite you to tag your own or your favorite #ForbiddenFolk songs and videos if they are theme related or to take this time to pen a new one, post, and share it with us. We’ll be posting daily and re-sharing across our social media platforms. 

Here’s one to get you started by #FAI2017 Showcase artist and Camp Instructor Eliza Gilkyson - The Great Correction.

Apply to Volunteer!

Be a part of our folk family and attend the conference for FREE!

We are especially interested in volunteers for general production needs (moving and setting up equipment, etc). Prior experience preferred.

Applications are open until all positions are filled.  APPLY HERE!

Volunteer Coordinator: Beth Hatch

Kansas City area native, Beth Hatch has been Volunteer Coordinator for FAI since 2014. Beth is also actively involved in planning community outreach events and connecting volunteers to serve at other non-profits. When not coordinating volunteers for FAI and beyond, Beth can often be found tutoring for literacy in urban education settings. Beth enjoys being a living-room musician collaborating with her husband John and used to lead a traveling youth choir. For questions about volunteering, email Beth at

Click here for a complete staff listing. 


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Conference News

Who’s Who and Who’s Coming

Check out our growing list of presenters attending the conference at

A benefit exclusive to FAI membership is access to a conference registrant list with contact information. Strict anti-spam protocol applies to use of this list. For member access to this list visit:

First Timer Private Showcase Room

Apply to showcase in an FAI-sponsored private showcase room. This room is on the private showcase floor and is reserved for FIRST TIME ATTENDEES or NEW ACTS ONLY. 

Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. You must be registered for the conference in order to be placed on the schedule. Showcases are held from 10:30 - 3:00am Wednesday - Saturday.

Folk Alliance Forums

FAI Forums available on website under the "NEWS" tab. In order to subscribe to a forum click "Forum Actions."

First-Timers Q&A: If this is your first time at an FAI Conference, this is a friendly place to reach out to the membership for advice. For FAI veterans, this is a great place to share your valued best-practices.

Private Showcase Forum: Members seeking showcases post profiles and bio information for the consideration of Private Showcase presenters. Presenters post call for artists. Don’t miss an opportunity to showcase your music for 2017!

Hotel Room and Ride Share: Members coordinate room and ride shares leading up to and during the Conference. Seeking a roommate, need a ride to Kansas City, or have an empty space in your van, post it here!

Forums are viewable to the public, but only members who log in are able to post. If you have an idea for a new forum, please send your recommendation to

Registration Now and Save - Rate Ends November 30

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

Don't Delay - Reserve Your Hotel

If the hotel informs you that the discounted room block is sold out, do not fret, there are still ample rooms available in the same hotel. It is simply that the discounted room rate is no longer available for all of the nights you are reserving. You’ll need to book some at the standard rate. Book online now!

Conference Flyer

Our 2017 Conference flyer was 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.


Scholarships are available for artist and industry first-timers.
Apply here!

EARN MONEY BACK: New Referral Program

FAI’s NEW Referral Incentive Program for first-time attendees is a great way to save money and introduce new folks to our community. If you refer a First Timer to the conference and they name you as their referral source, you earn $50 towards your paid registration. Refer 5 First Timers and earn $250. Both parties (referrer and First Timer) must be members of FAI and have paid full registration to qualify. For more details on how to participate in this program visit our site

Folk Alliance Regional News

Congrats to our newly elected (and re-elected) Regional FAI Board Members

Don Baker
Clint Bernard (newly elected)
Jim Magill
Art Menius (appointed)
Grady Ormsby
Roberta Schultz (newly elected)
Isabel Taylor (newly elected)
Nancy Emrich-Freeman
Robert Hofbauer
Kerry Patrick Clark
Don Simon (newly elected)
Dudley (Smitty) Smith
Randy Styka (re-elected)
Lola Tyler
Ethan Baird (newly elected)
Michael Kornfeld (re-elected)
Ramona LaBarre
Terry Mutchler
Jory Nash
Karyn Oliver
Cheryl Prashker
Kathy Sands-Boehmer
Jessica Wrubel (re-elected)
Regional Conferences | 2017 Dates
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
October 19-22, 2017:      FARM - Folk Alliance Region Midwest |owa City, IA
November 9-12 2017:     NERFA - Northeast Regional Folk Alliance 

Folk Alliance Partner Events

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

Mundial Montreal
November 15-18, 2016
Montreal, QC, CAN
Tickets | More Info
Chile - Argentina - Brazil Tour
VIP multi-national music trade mission tour sponsored by
November 30 - December 10, 2016
Registration | More Info
Canadian Folk Music Awards
December 2-3, 2016
Toronto, ON, CAN
Tickets | More Info

2016 Giving Campaign

As a charitable 501c3 organization our year-round activities, advocacy, education, outreach programs, and scholarships rely on the support of funders and the generosity of our invaluable community donors to date.

Be on the lookout for our 2016 Giving Campaign letter and Annual Report coming out this November. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today!


Each year, we present the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of some of the great Legends of Folk, including 2011 honoree Joan Baez. Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.

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.

Job Board

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New York, NY, USA

Cultural Planner III - City of Vancouver, Community Services, Cultural Services
City of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC, CAN

Executive Director
Greenwich+Docklands Festivals
London, England, UK

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