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October 2017 E-News

Monday, October 9, 2017  
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A special guest, the ExChange and more! Get your folk news here.
A special guest, the ExChange and more! Get your folk news here.
E-News: October 2017
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Announcing 2018 Guest Speaker Mary Chapin Carpenter
Folk Alliance International is thrilled to announce that iconic singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will join the 2018 conference as a featured guest speaker. Celebrating 30 years of community and song, the conference will take time to look back at the stories that built the present as well as look forward to the future of folk music as a community and industry.
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Chapin Carpenter is on the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released in 2016.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness."
Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, which was arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza. Since its release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others. At FAI, she will share her 30-year view of the music landscape.
Past keynote speakers include Vice President Al Gore, Graham Nash, Bob Lefsetz, Rita Coolidge, Commander Chris Hadfield, Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, and Billy Bragg.
    In addition to her speaking engagement at the conference, Mary Chapin Carpenter will be headlining the Kansas City Folk Festival with a performance.
    Launched in 2015, The Kansas City Folk Festival (KCFF) is family-friendly, summer-style festival in the middle of winter. Open to the public, KCFF features six stages of diverse, high-quality programming featuring the best of local, national, and international acts. Each year KCFF highlights a different type of folk dance and showcases some of the finest local “makers” in a boutique Artisan Market. Produced by Folk Alliance International (FAI), KCFF is truly “close to home and far from ordinary.”
    The ExChange, FAI's first European micro-conference
    Group photo outside Levi's Corner House
    Recently, FAI hosted The ExChange, a pilot micro-conference in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland from September 19 - 21.
    The event marked FAI's first event orchestrated outside of North America in the organization's 30-year history and featured 17 showcasing artists and 40 international delegates. The invite-only event was created to forge folk industry relationships, showcase emerging talent, celebrate legends, and strengthen networks internationally.
    The event was presented in partnership with the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival and made possible in part through funding from Culture Ireland and Cork County Council. Ireland was selected as the inaugural host location for the rich legacy of folk music nationally, the profound influence of Irish culture on North American folk music specifically (where FAI is based), and a strong partnership history between FAI and the music export office of Culture Ireland. Additionally, FAI’s International Representative is based in Ireland and its Executive Director is originally from Ireland.
    Over two days and three nights, Irish industry delegates and international guests took part in networking sessions, panel discussions, and intimate pop-up showcases at a variety of local venues. Highlights included an exclusive live-interview with acclaimed songwriter Luka Bloom conducted by Lillian Smith of RTE Cork, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to iconic musician Dónal Lunny. To view the full program of events click here.
    Panel at Levi's Corner House
    Executive Director Aengus Finnan addresses the crowd
    The Mae Trio
    Donal Lunny LAA
    The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Dónal Lunny
    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.
    Voting for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards will begin next week. Members, look for a ballot in your email inbox next week. The voting period will start Wednesday, October 11 and end on Tuesday, October 24.
    Voting is exclusive to FAI members. If you are not an FAI you can join here!
    Connecting Folk

    First-time attendees are an integral part of the FAI community. In 2017, we had over 1,000 people attending for the first time. Imagine the ripple effect of a thousand people returning home to communities around the world, newly empowered with knowledge and connections.
    In 2018, we aim to do even more to ensure their success including expanding the orientation sessions, programming, and dedicated first-timer networking events. We have also created the Connecting Folk program to connect First-Timers with an experienced FAI guide to share tips and advice.
    Become a Guide. Volunteer for Connecting Folk by filling out this form and make a 30-minute phone commitment in advance of the conference for a first-timer connection in the form of a call or meeting.
    First-Timers sign-up for a guide here. There is a lot of activity at FAI’s conference and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes a simple conversation with someone who has been there can make all the difference in the world. Sign-up here and we’ll connect you with someone who is ready and willing to answer all your questions.
    Welcome to Our Newest Staff Members!
    Treasa Levasseur | Canadian Representative
    In her role, Treasa will be the primary contact with the Canadian music industry, folk music community leaders, and the full Canadian membership. Treasa has worn many hats in the arts over the years, from singer-songwriter to sidewoman, actress to arts administrator, puppeteer to producer. Having released 4 albums over the course of her career as a frontwoman, she is now finding fresh inspiration in her work as a community music facilitator. She has designed and delivered classes and workshops for the Royal Conservatory of Music, ArtsRehab, and the Hamilton Music Collective, as well as being an in-demand MC and pop-up choir leader. Treasa leads Sing From The Start, an early years music education program, since 1999, and currently helms the Developing Artist Program at Folk Music Ontario.
    Bird Fleming | Music Camp Coordinator
    In his role, Bird will collaborate directly with FAI’s Music Camp team regarding programming themes, participants, and logistics. Bird, is a professional percussionist, educator, and performer who specializes in percussion: West African, South American, and the Caribbean. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Traditional Music Society and serves as a world music liaison for area educational organizations and he teaches World Music as an adjunct professor at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Additionally, Mr. Fleming had the distinction of assisting with the development of the core music curriculum for the Kansas City School District as ethnic music advisor.
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    2018 Deadlines and Price Matrix
    Register for FAI
    Register early at the Fall Rate before prices increase on November 30th. Curious to know who is already attending? See the list of FAI 2018 attendees HERE.
    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.
    New Deposit and Cancellation 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. 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.
    2018 will be the 12th year FAI has hosted a health fair at the conference. Sign up for individual services below. General information is also available at the health fair regarding drug addiction, healthy living on the road, carpal tunnel, and more.
    VIsit our website for more information.
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    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 FAI 2018.
    Partner Events
    FAI is proud to be a promotional partner of this Kansas City concerts.
    Cypress Avenue Live Presents:
    An Evening with Sam Baker
    The Folly Theater
    October 13
    8 pm
    Ticket link
    Member and Partner Events
    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
    Social Media Shoutout
    With the heaviness of the events of the last week, we have been heartened by our members and alumni who are actively creating healing spaces through their music every day. We are all grateful for our roles in serving our membership and community, who are themselves serving a greater musical mission - a mission based on empathy and a hope to heal.
    To the right is a post from FAI 2017 Official Showcase artists Las Cafeteras who played a show this week to benefit relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Empathy plus action equals solidarity. ✊🏽
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