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June 2017 E-News

Thursday, June 22, 2017  
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Offical Showcase applications open. Join us in remembering a great friend.
Offical Showcase applications open. Join us in remembering a great friend.
E-News: June 2017
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It's Your Time to Shine! Apply for an Official Showcase
FAI's Official Showcases are jury-selected nightly concerts that feature emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. They represent an unparalleled opportunity to perform for hundreds of festival and venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives who attend the conference.
Deadlines | Timeline
May 30, 2017: Official Showcase applications open
September 13, 2017, at 5 pm CST: Official Showcase applications close
October 30, 2017: Official Showcase Artists announced
November 13, 2017: Official Showcase schedule announced
Applicants are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate regardless of Official Showcase award status.
    Apply to Showcase
    Remembering Jimmy LaFave
    Jimmy LaFave | FAI 2017 Official Showcase (photo by Jayne Toohey)
    "It's a blue nightfall. Now I weep"
    On May 21, 2017, our community lost a beloved son. He was a big part of our folk family and lives deep in many of our hearts. Jimmy's final showcase with us was lovingly captured by John Lupton on February 18, 2017. We share it with you now in his memory.
    Fellow friend Dave Marsh penned a beautiful tribute to Jimmy in the Austin Chronicle. Read it here.
    Back to Malibu
    FAI Friends, Board Members, and Staff Recreate the 1st photo
    In May, our Board of Directors and senior staff held a two-day meeting in Malibu, CA at Camp Hess Kramer, the site of the inaugural 1989 conference. In addition to a year-end review, the meeting included fiscal training, program planning for 2018, and the discussion of the 2020 site selection process. The Board also dove into FAI's history by reviewing past programs from each conference in preparation for the 30th conference celebrations. The event closed with a special visit from co-founder Clark Weissman, followed by a reception for California members and music industry friends. A group photo was taken in the same location as the 1989 group photo.
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    Take Advantage of the Early Bird Rate

    Lock in the Lowest Rate
    Curious to know who is already going? Members can view the 2018 attendee list here.
    2018 Deadlines and Price Matrix
    Hotel Information
    The Westin and Sheraton Crown Center hotels are our headquarters for the conference week. Book now to reserve a room and avoid higher prices when the discounted room block is sold out.
    Please note, the hotel has revised its cancellation and deposit policies for the conference. We have included them here for your reference.

    New Deposit Policy: One night’s deposit equal to room and tax is due at time of booking and will be charged to the credit card provided.
    New Cancellation Policy: Reimbursement of the deposit will only be provided for cancellations made 21-days prior to arrival. Cancellations made within 21-days of arrival will forfeit one night’s room deposit plus tax.
    Referral Program
    Refer a first-timer and save money. You earn $50 towards your paid registration for each first-timer who names you as their referral source. Refer five first-timers and earn $250.That's a free conference registration! Check out the details here and SAVE on registration for #FAI2018.
    First-Timer Scholarships
    FAI gave out 100 scholarships to first-time artist attendees and 26 to first-time industry attendees for a total of $35,905 this year. Named after our visionary founder, the Elaine Weissman Scholarship for First Conference Attendees Fund supports many artists and industry professionals coming for the first time and helps our organization offset the cost of scholarships granted. Donations can be made on a one-time or monthly basis.
    Donate to the Fund Here
    Partner Events
    FAI is proud to be a promotional partner of these Kansas City concerts.
    Ruthie Foster in Concert
    The Folly Theater
    June 16
    8 pm
    Ticket link
    Mary Chapin Carpenter with Special Guest Sarah Jarosz
    The Kauffman Center
    July 26
    7:30 pm
    Ticket link
    Member and Partner Events Calendar
    For a comprehensive list of member and partner events visit our website. If you are an FAI member and have an upcoming conference, festival, camp, or relevant application deadline that you would like to be included in our monthly calendar email series, contact
    Timeline and Archives Collection
    Send us your files, images, and stories for a 30-year retrospective at the 2018 conference. Please contribute to the archive via this form, or you can mail items directly to our office at 509 Delaware, #101 Kansas City, MO. Questions or a personal anecdote you'd like to share? Contact Erika at or 816.221.3655.
    Tom Paxton LAA
    The 2006 Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Tom Paxton
    Lifetime Achievement Award Videos
    Each year, FAI presents three Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures, one Living, one Legacy, and one Organizational/Academic.

    Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.
    Social Media Shoutout
    Attention Members! Do you have memorable news to share with us?
    We were thrilled by this news from Caitlin Canty whose song, "Dotted Line," is featured on Episode 10 of the series House of Cards!
    Submit your notable career accomplishments here and each week we'll select one to share on social media. "Notable" examples include singing the national anthem at an MLB game, getting signed to a new label, winning an award, having a song placed on tv or a movie ... you get the idea.
    We want to know and share what our members are up to, so keep us up to date! Also, stay tuned to our monthly e-news & social media to see stories from our community.

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