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E-News February 2017

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February E-news

Artist in Residence Program

In 2015, Folk Alliance International launched an annual Artist in Residence (AIR) program to develop partnerships, foster cultural cross-pollination, and nurture artistic growth. The inaugural project partnered Nashville-based artist Brandy Zdan with the Kansas City Ballet to create a new live performance piece. The following year, Ithaca-based artist Joe Crookston was partnered with the World War I Museum to create a song based on the archived letters of a Kansas nurse stationed in battlefront hospitals of France.

This year FAI is featuring two Artist in Residence projects, each related to the human side of justice, with artists working from both sides of prison walls. 

Blues Behind Bars

Acclaimed Italian-Canadian blues musician, Rita Chiarelli will be working within the Topeka Women's Correctional Facility to assemble a choir and rehearse for a concert. The Warden intends to maintain the new choral program beyond the AIR project. Rita is a career musician who's earlier project at Angola prison, Americas largest death row facility, resulted in a documentary film called Music from the Big House.

Poetic Justice

Featuring Latin-American band Making Movies who, after visiting the Lansing Men’s Correctional Facility, are collaborating with veteran Kansas City Police Officer and poet Octavio "Chato" Villalobos. Together they are creating a soundscape based performance piece to accompany a live recitation of his poem "Brown Eyes In Blue," a reflection on his personal, professional, and community journey as a visible minority in uniform.

Click on the image to view a short, behind-the-scenes video of a recent rehearsal.

Artist In Residence Presentations

Topeka Prison Project - Blues Behind Bars
Friday, Feb. 17, 12 pm | Century C Ballroom, Westin Crown Center Hotel
Preceding Ani DiFranco's Special Presentation

Poetic Justice - Brown Eyes in Blue
Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 pm | Century C Ballroom, Westin Crown Center Hotel
Preceding to Billy Bragg's Keynote

Visit the AIR Program page online for more details about the project, participants, and footage from past years.

Executive Order Letter

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017, designed to impede U.S. visa issuance and admissions procedures for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen
The far-reaching scope of the order and its constitutionality was immediately in question, and on February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against the Executive Order. The restraining order temporarily relieves some of the risk that guest artists from these countries (who already possess approved O or P nonimmigrant visas) will be denied access to the U.S.

On February 6th, FAI issued an advocacy letter to all members calling for a collective response to the Executive Order. This letter is in concert with the Performing Arts Visa Coalition and encourages all to learn more about the Executive Order, and to contact their Senator or Representative in Washington to request that access for international artists be retained, not revoked. Additionally, we encourage those outside the U.S. to contact the nearest U.S. embassy with the same request.

We ask you to be vocal on social media, via email or any digital platform, and by word of mouth.

View the FAI letter here.

More Visa Resources and Information

Call or email TamizdatAVAIL at 718-541-3641 or email

Congratulations JUNO Award Nominees

Many Folk Alliance * #FAI2017 Official Showcase Artists and ** past FAI Showcase Acts are 2017 Juno Award Nominees. 

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year:
** Matthew Barber - The Family Album
Lisa LeBlanc - Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
** Corin Raymond - Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams
*  William Prince - Earthly Days  
Kacy & Clayton - Stange Country

Traditional Roots Album of the Year:
The High Bar Gang - Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind
*  Maria Dunn - Gathering
Jenny Whiteley - The Original
*  Ten Strings and a Goat Skin - Auprès du poêle  
** The East Pointer - Secret Victory

Additional Nominations of FAI Featured Artists:
** The Fretless, Instrumental Album of the Year
*  Heather Rankin, Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
*  Quantum Tangle, Indigenous Music Album of the Year
*  William Prince, Indigenous Music Album of the Year

** Colin Linden, Blues Album of the Year
** Sultans of String, World Music Album of the Year
** The Strumbellas, Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Group of the Year

Additional congratulations to Buffy Sainte-Marie (FAI’s 2007 Keynote Speaker) who will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

The Juno Awards show will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017. For a complete list of Nominees visit

Best of luck to all the nominees! 

Tickets to Public Events

2017 Official Showcases

February 15-18, 8 pm - 11 pm
Single night tickets available. For a full list of artists visit our page. Public tickets to the Official Showcases do not provide access to the Private Showcase floors

FAI Music Camp

February 17-19, 10 am - 4 pm
Three days of classes for students of every age, level, and instrument with the world’s foremost instructors. Buy one-day or multi-day passes here.

Kansas City Folk Festival

February 19, 10 am - 5 pm
A one-day, indoor, family-friendly, music festival in the middle of winter. Featuring Billy Bragg, Bobby Rush, Ani Cordero, David Wilcox, and more.  Buy tickets here.

FAI Partner Events

The Friends of Chamber Music
Kansas City Present

Hespèrion XXI with Jordi Savall, viola da gamba

February 10  | 8 pm 
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th St, KCMO 64105
Purchase tickets here.
KCUR Generation Listen Event
Featuring Norweigan artist, Moddi 

February 14 
Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:00 pm
Stockyard Brewing Company
1600 Genessee St., KCMO 64102
Tickets are $5 | Buy them here
Bruce Cockburn Book Signing

Thursday, February 16, 12 pm
Century Foyer at the Westin Crown Center Hotel

Books available to pre-order through Rainy Day books for pick-up onsite. A limited additional amount will be available onsite at the FAI Merch Table. 

FAI Archives

Lifetime Achievement Award Videos

Each year, we present the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of folk music's legendary figures, including 1996 honoree Woody Guthrie.

Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.


To purchase ad space in a future FAI e-newsletter, please email
THERE ARE OFFICIALLY SIX SLEEPS UNTIL #FAI2017! We're pretty excited. Here is what you need to know.

Money for Music Survey

If you identified yourself as an artist or producer/engineer when you registered for the conference, you will receive an invitation this week to participate in a research study being conducted by Ben Yonas, Assistant Professor of Music Business at The University of Memphis. This is a one-time survey. You will have a chance to pick a short (10 mins), medium (20 mins) or long path (30 mins) through the survey questions.

The goal of this research study is to gather crucial information about the ways that folk music creators are currently generating income from songs, recordings, performances, and studio work and how this has changed over the past five years. This research is based on the Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams project.

Professor Yonas will be a panelist at FAI:
Diversifying Income Sources
Feb. 16 | 10:30 am | Pershing South

Program Book and Pocket Guide

Get your conference planning started now!

Our full program book and pocket guide are online. Click this link to view a pdf.  

Download the Conference App

Download the official #FAI2017 conference application at, or by searching for Folk Alliance International in the App Store on your phone.

Entry Letter for Non-US Attendees
If you are a non-US citizen attending the conference you must have a valid passport, the official FAI attendee letter, and any other required travel documents

NEED HELP WITH AN ARTIST VISA PROBLEM? Call TamizdatAVAIL at 718-541-3641 or email

Green Folk:  
Limits on Flyers and Handbills

To cut down on waste at this year's conference we are restricting paper marketing items to the music floors. Any print items left on the Lobby or Ballroom floors will be picked up and taken to registration for retrieval. Learn about other efforts to "green" our conference here.

Bring Your Own Water Bottle
To cut down on waste at this year's conference, disposable cups will not be available. 

FAI-branded water bottles are available for advance purchase and will be available at the conference merch table. Pre-order your bottle here ($7 for members, $10 non-members).

FREE Vision Screenings
Sight & Sound along with America's Best Eyeglasses and Contacts will be offering free vision screenings, glasses, readers, and sunglasses to all artist delegates. Thurs. 2/16 & Fri. 2/17, 10am-5pm. Reserve your spot online - walk up appointments based on availability. Questions? Contact Mark Lindsey

MusicCares Services
FREE on-site dental screenings, x-rays, teeth cleaning, and custom musician earplugs will be available to qualifying artists on Thurs. 2/16 and Fri. 2/17. Visit the MusiCares booth for more information. Email in advance of the conference to obtain an application for pre-approval.

Community Outreach

Conference attendees are invited to perform for patients, staff, and parents at two local healthcare institutions, Children’s Mercy Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House on Thursday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 1:30 pm, and Friday at 12 pm. 

To sign up, please complete this form or contact Cheryl Duckett,

Updated Registrant List

List of all delegates.  
List of attending presenters.

We expect all delegates to follow the Anti-Spam guidelines for email marketing.

Maximize your time with pre-planning, our website offers a lot of resources to plan your time at #FAI2017.

Schedule At A Glance
Daytime Programming
Evening Programming

Wristbands Required
You MUST wear your non-transferable conference badge and wristband at all times. They are REQUIRED for access to all events, including Official and Private Showcases, Awards Show, Music Camp, workshops, receptions, exhibit hall, and the closing party. Replacement cost for a removed wristband is $450 for members ($550 for non-members).

Hotel Reservations and Ride Share Forum
Our room block ended on February 3rd. Rooms are very limited in both hotels  *If you have reserved a room that you do not intend to use, please contact the hotel to cancel.

Do you have a room or ride to share? Visit our room and Ride share forum.

Transportation Options
Be sure to check out the travel page of our website for suggestions on how to get from the airport to the conference hotel. Super Shuttle, 5 Guys Transportation, and Uber all offer special conference rates. 

Job Board 

Executive Director
Community Music Center of Boston 
Boston, MA, USA 

Administrative Assistant
City of Kingston
Kingston, Ontario, CAN
Have a job opening you want to include? Email

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