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January 2020 Newsletter

Monday, January 13, 2020  
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January E-News

Announcing FAI Election Results 

Join us in welcoming new and returning FAI Board Members, elected by the FAI membership or appointed in December 2019. Terms begin at the Annual General Meeting held during the conference on January 22 at 4:00pm in the Waterbury Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans. 

Newly Elected:
Rose Cousins
, Juno Award-winning Artist - Halifax, NS
Rosalyn Dennett, Licensing and Outreach Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Musicians - Toronto, ON
Chris Porter, Producer and Talent Buyer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Seattle, WA

Newly Appointed:
Enrique Chi, Artist, Activist, Educator - Kansas City, Missouri 
Susie Giang, Agent, Ground Control Touring - Portland, Oregon 

New board members pictured above in order of mention. Bios will be updated on the board web page after the January 22 AGM. 
We are also pleased to announce the reelection of Michael Kornfeld and Reid Wick. Additionally, Gerald Torres was re-appointed for a two-year term and Amy Reitnouer's term was extended by a year. 

Referendum Motion Passed by 97.5% 
In addition to voting for the new board last month, our membership voted to pass an amendment to modify Section 6.5 of the FAI Bylaws to increase the Nominating Committee from five (5) to six (6) members and increase the number of sitting directors on the committee from two (2) to three (3). 

Thank You to Retiring Board Members

The Board and Staff of FAI would like to express deep thanks to our retiring board members whose terms end at this year's conference. 

Dom Flemons was elected to the board in 2017 and served a three-year term including roles on the Fundraising and Advocacy Committees. Dom’s experience as a GRAMMY® Award-winning artist provided invaluable insights as FAI explored and endorsed artist-related health advocacy issues. He brought a unique perspective to all board discussions and, as a song-collector, he advocated for the preservation of the origins of folk music.

Gil Gastelum was appointed to the board and served from 2018-2020 in roles on two Advocacy Sub-Committees (PRO/Copyright, and Travel Visas) and on the Membership Committee. Gil is particularly proud of FAI’s recent Stakeholder Research work, and his connection to the Latinx and Latin GRAMMY® communities which led to strengthened relations for FAI. Gil will continue to serve in his professional capacity as a member of FAI’s newly constituted Cultural Equity Advisory Committee.

Joan Kornblith served a total of two, three-year terms (starting in 2012) and was appointed for an additional two years to continue work as a Membership Sub-Committee Lead. Joan served on numerous committees including Membership, Nominating, and Programming. She served on the Executive Committee in the role of Board Secretary for a term. Joan is a consummate ‘connector’ and tireless advocate, always ready to introduce new folks to FAI and to one another. In her eight years as a director, she never missed a board meeting.

Matt Smith began his service in 2014 and served two three-year terms. During his tenure, he served on the Executive Committee, including as Board President for two years overseeing the development of FAI's current strategic plan. In addition to roles on the Programming, Membership, and Nominating Committee, he also served as Chair of the Regions Committee. Matt brought the affable and diplomatic leadership style to his work with the board, regions, and members.

Denise Stiff was appointed to the board and served from 2018-2020. During that time she held roles on the Fundraising, Programming, and Membership Committees. Denise’s ambassador-like passion for FAI led to new industry awareness and participation with FAI, and her contributions to development strategies led to increased contributions through new board-led donor outreach.

Join Us in L.A.

FAI is proud to co-present the third annual GRAMMY® Week celebration of nominees in the American Roots category. The afternoon event features performances, light hors-d'oeuvres, and refreshments. Confirmed appearances include Amy Hānaiali’i, Che ApalacheChristone “Kingfish” IngramGregory Alan Isakov, Larkin PoeMissy Raines, and Po' Ramblin' Boys. More to be announced soon. Tickets are limited. 
Purchase Tickets

Music to Life Survey 

Following sessions at last year's conference, and in advance of the sessions in New Orleans, Music to Life (MtL) would like your input as an activist or social change musician.  Founded in 2000 by Noel “Paul” Stookey (of the 1960’s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary) and his daughter, Elizabeth Stookey Sunde, MtL builds on the strong historical legacy of social movements’ intentional use of music to educate, recruit, and mobilize. It looks to empower activist artists to stand on the front lines of social change. Please take a moment to answer this five to eight minute survey. 

If you are attending this year's conference, look for MtL's booth and panels.    
Take Survey

A Call to Support Working Musicians 

A Message from Fair Trade Music Chair, John McCutcheon 
Local 1000 - A Traveling Musicians Union

Those of us who make all or part of our living as musicians operate on a good bit of faith.  That faith is an unspoken set of guidelines, developed, defined, and evolved through the years about fair treatment, safety, and respect. The good people who present and host us are partners in our efforts to bring live entertainment to our communities. These events, in fact, often help sustain, and even sometimes help create those communities.  None of us can do it alone.

I invite our community to bring these unspoken guidelines into the light. Please join Local 1000 by signing this statement of support regarding fair working conditions for musicians.  

Sign the Statement of Support
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 an FAI member benefit and payment will be processed on a recurring monthly basis. 

Video Archives 

Each year FAI presents its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA's) to honor the cultural impact of legendary Living, Legacy, and Organization/Academic folk music figures. In 2008, an LAA was presented to Rounder Records.

You can see more video archives at FAI's Youtube channel
Rounder Records 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Rounder Records, an independent record label known for folk, bluegrass, zydeco, blues, and other roots music genres, and for having developed numerous high-profile and highly influential artist careers. Join FAI in congratulating them on this milestone! 

Thank you to our conference sponsors. 



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