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November 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, November 7, 2019  
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Ethno USA Project Manager Announced

FAI is proud to announce the hiring of Jay Gilman in the role of Ethno USA Project Manager. Ethno is JM International’s 30-year-old program designed to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage through international peer-to-peer music camps. Working from the Kansas City office as a member of the FAI staff, and reporting to JMI’s Belgium-based Global Ethno Program Coordinator Suchet Malhotra, Jay will be responsible for coordinating all of the logistics related to producing an annual two-week long international music camp for young adults.

A Kansas City native, Jay grew up immersed in music, theatre, and dance. An M.Sc. graduate of Nonprofit Leadership at UPenn, and an MPA Social Enterprise Fellow of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore, Jay has been an independent arts consultant for over a decade, with a specific interest in cross-cultural collaboration. He spent five years as the Associate Director for Programs & Productions for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and most recently served three years as the Artistic Director of the Minnesota Fringe.

Regarding the start of his new role, Jay stated, “I believe that art remains one of the few forces that can truly change our world.”  

#FolkLifeBalance - What's Yours?
At FAI's 2019 conference in Montréal, Canada, there was a strong focus on health and wellness, both physical and mental. Lynn Miles gave a keynote discussion about mental health issues and overcoming addiction. A designated quiet space for self-care, yoga, meditation, and recovery sessions was set aside for attendees to find balance amongst the activity of the conference. In the foyer there was space where attendees shared their favorite wellness practices with anything from drinking a glass of water to running a marathon. FAI's advisory committee also distributed a resource document that connected and guided people to continue seeking support for self-care. That document is located here

Practicing self-care and finding balance is continuous, ever-changing, and not just something to talk about once a year at the conference. We ask you to join our Instagram campaign and share what keeps you healthy and balanced in this fast-paced world.  What is your self-care practice? Go to our Instagram page to share yours using the hashtag #FolkLifeBalance! 
Conference Roundup 
Hotel Information 
The Sheraton New Orleans, the host hotel, is officially full but we have added additional hotels with discounted pricing for the conference. 

ALERT - There are individuals calling members reporting to be with FAI or our host hotels. Do not answer their questions or give them any financial information. FAI and the hotels will never share phone numbers or emails and will not contact you in this manner.  
Book a Room
Non-US Attendees
If you are traveling to the US from another country, it is important that you are aware of any visa requirements needed to enter the country. You can view those requirements on our conference website.  
Non-US Attendees
Look for more information regarding the conference in our upcoming conference newsletter. 
Folk Charts 

Special Offer for FAI Members!

The North American College & Community Chart (NACC) would like to extend a free two-week trial to all FAI members. Access will allow you to view weekly Folk Charts, Top Adds, all of the reporting station charts and their folk contact database. It's our hope that you will find this information helpful and we can further build on our partnership with them to generate weekly charts that are reflective of everything happening in the folk radio world. Sign up before November 15, 2019, to receive this offer. Trial will run November 16 to November 30.
Sign Up for NACC Trial
Sign up for weekly Folk Chart updates
To support the FAI Folk Chart, you can donate here

NACC Chart member discount details and sign up -The discounted rate is a member benefit and payment will be processed on a recurring monthly basis.  
Social Media Shoutout
Former Official Showcase Artists, Ye Vagabonds, show off their hardware from the BBC and RTÉ Music Awards. Best Traditional Track at the BBC, and Best Folk Group, Best Folk Album, and Best Traditional Track at  RTÉ.  Congratulations to them! 
Attention Members! Do you have great news to share with us? Follow @FolkAlliance and tag us on social media and let us know about the notable moments in your career!

Don't forget to follow Folk Alliance International on social media and tag us in your photos! #FolkAlliance
Video Archive
Amado Espinoza was an Official Showcase Artist at the 2015 conference in Kansas City, MO.  
You can see more video archives at FAI's Youtube channel
2015 Official Showcase - Amado Espinoza
Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors 
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