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2020 Board of Directors Election Slate

2020 Board of Directors Election Slate

The election runs from Nov 8 - December 8, 2019 closing at 11:59 PM Central Time. Ballots are sent to all voting members using the email of their member profile.

All nominees are members in good standing, and are listed in alphabetical order. Five Directors will be elected from this slate. Candidates marked with an asterisk (*) are incumbents running for re-election. Candidates marked with a double asterisk (**) are self-nominated.



Rose Cousins

Artist - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Rose Cousins is a Juno award-winning singer-songwriter originally hailing from Prince Edward Island and currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Folk Alliance alumni of over ten years, she deeply values being part of multiple music communities and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins' latest project, Natural Conclusion (produced by Joe Henry), received notable acclaim, including a 2018 Grammy Award nomination, a nomination for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNOs, and three wins at the East Coast Music Awards. Cousins also writes for film and TV, her songs having appeared on programs such as Grey's Anatomy, Supergirl, Reign, and Nashville. She has shared stages with heroic songwriters such as Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lori McKenna, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jann Arden, and Ron Sexsmith.


Rosalyn Dennett

Licensing and Outreach Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Musicians - Toronto, Ontario

Rosalyn is well-known both as an artist and a music industry professional. Her experience working in the non-profit sector includes pivotal roles at MusicOntario, Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Canada Live, Music Canada, and she is currently the Licensing and Outreach Coordinator for the Canadian Federation of Musicians. She is director on the board of Folk Music Ontario, Local 1000, and is co-founder of Stump Media. Rosalyn is a founding member of the highly-acclaimed band Oh My Darling, and as a freelance artist has been performing/recording with Ken Whiteley, Fred Penner, Donovan Woods, Kaia Kater, and many more accomplished musicians.


Gil Gastelum *

Manager, Cosmica Artists - Los Angeles, California

Gil Gastelum is a Tucson, AZ native and longtime LA Resident (with a 3 year stint in Austin, TX in between). Gil has worked tirelessly as an advocate for indie Musicians for over 25 years- whether bringing in consignment records for indie artists, or founding Cosmica Artists- a management, label, and now publishing arm specializing in signing artists who are on the Indie side of the musical spectrum. Gastelum has worked with the likes of Gaby Moreno, Carla Morrison, David Garza, and Thee Commons, and as an Indie Music Marketer- Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, and many others.



Michael Kornfeld *

Owner, - Huntington, New York

Michael is an award-winning communications and public relations strategist, a former contributing writer for The New York Times, and served on the boards of both the LI and NYC chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. His online publication,, has provided news and commentary for the folk, roots, and singer-songwriter communities since 2007. Mike is the current board president of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and serves as president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington, a presenting organization on Long Island. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stony Brook University and a recipient of its Distinguished Community Service Award.


Clay Pasternack

Independent Distribution Consultant - Rocky River, Ohio

Clay Pasternack is the President of Clay Pasternack Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. CPI consults independent labels and artists, represents distribution companies for national account sales, an independent distribution company for both digital and physical sales (CPI Distribution), and is also involved with manufacturing, fulfillment, & CD/vinyl reissues. A veteran of 53 years in the independent music industry, he has held various positions in independent distribution and with independent record companies. He has also served on the board of trustees for the NAIRD/AFIM music industry trade association 1981-2004 and was board chairperson and interim executive director for 10 years.


Chris Porter

Producer & Talent Buyer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (formerly of Bumbershoot) - Seattle, Washington

Chris has been a music industry professional for over 30 years.  After working in college radio, he moved on to artist management and independent record label ownership.  That soon led to opportunities booking various venues in Boston throughout most of the 1990s.  In 1997 his career continued in Seattle as the music programmer for One Reel, producers of the long-running Bumbershoot Festival and other special events and concerts.  After 18 years, Chris left One Reel/Bumbershoot in 2015 and now devotes time to his own company - Porter Productions. Porter offers talent buying, booking management, consulting, and production coordination for various festivals, special events, and venues around the U.S.  Current projects include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco), WERS’ Wicked Good Festival (Boston), The Town and The City Festival (Lowell, MA), and The South Lake Union Block Party (Seattle). Chris is also a DJ and sports fan event producer.


Alan Rowoth **

Owner, Big Orange Tarp - Syracuse, New York

Falcon Ridge Emcee Alan Rowoth was a professional musician for 30+ years. He was an agent, manager, publicist, record producer, Internet expert, lighting designer, and audio engineer. Alan pioneered the folk Internet in 1990 and created Internet Quartets and the Folktrain. He’s written for Performing Songwriter, Dirty Linen, Sing Out! and other magazines. 27 years teaching at the Rocky Mountain Song School. Alan teaches year round on a broad range of creative, technical. and business subjects. His Big Orange Tarp has showcased hundreds of musicians. Find his teaching and showcase materials online at


Greg Torrington **

Roots/Country Programming, Stringray Music - Montréal, Quebec

Greg Torrington is a Montreal based music programmer for Stingray Music, curating its roots programming - separate 24/7 channels featuring Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana and dozens more specialty streams on its app. He’s served on the CCMA board, was appointed to the FAI Board (2017-2019) and also sits on the Folk Music Canada board. He is currently also pro bono managing Toronto guitarist/singer/songwriter Kalyna Rakel. Greg’s past has included major market AOR radio Music Director, A&R Manager at Warner Music Canada, national music publication journalist, and manager to several artists including Colin Linden, Rita Chiarelli and Carlos del Junco.





Reid Wick *

Sr. Membership & Project Manager, The Recording Academy - New Orleans, Louisiana

Reid Wick has served music communities across the South for many years. He is the Recording Academy's New Orleans-based Membership & Industry Relations representative, where his responsibilities include membership, advocacy, creating professional development and networking programs across a five-state region. For the two years post-Hurricane Katrina, Wick administered the MusiCares' Hurricane Relief Fund. Wick served Loyola University's College of Music as marketing communications manager and instructor in Music Industry Studies. He has served on numerous boards and co-owned an indie record label. He received the 2018 Cutting Edge Music Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. Wick is an active New Orleans musician.

All petitions for nominations must be received at the FAI offices by November 1, 2019. The self-nomination procedure to be placed on the final slate requires the support of 10 members in good standing. This support can come in the form of an email or letter. All letters of support must be uploaded with the submission in a single document. Write-in candidates must also submit the same biographical info and platform statement to the Nominating Committee. All candidates must be current voting members of FAI.

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