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March 2020 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 4, 2020  
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March Newsletter

2021 Conference Returns to Kansas City

FAI’s 2021 conference theme, “Living Traditions”, will explore ideas of cultural preservation, genre evolution, and musical migration. With the theme as a guide, the conference will highlight a wide variety of traditional and tradition-informed musical genres from around the world. Featured programming will include a Global Summit of folklorists and a CommUNITY gathering focused on the folk community’s role in addressing the climate crisis. 

The return of the conference to Kansas City next February coincides with the bicentennial celebration of the State of Missouri. To honor the traditions and history of the region, the 2021 conference art features the Missouri state bird, the Eastern bluebird. The hand-stitched design, created by Fawn Lies, is a nod to traditional folk art, with the bird also alluding to the concepts of musical migration and environmental stewardship.


The Early Bird Registration rate is available until May 31, 2020, and is available exclusively to FAI members. Non-member registration opens on June 1 with members enjoying a $100 discount on their rate for the remainder of the year. Groups of three or more are eligible for discounted registration as are registrants from outside North America. 

To learn more about the benefits of membership, and become a member, please visit our membership page.

Official Showcase Applications 

Official Showcase applications for the 2021 conference open on May 1, 2020. Follow us on social media and read our emails for announcements in the coming weeks, including information on discounted hotel reservations at our host hotel, the Westin Kansas City. 

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Finest Folk at South by Southwest 

FAI is heading to Austin to present the latest installment in our Finest Folk series! Join us on Thursday, March 19, at The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. Austin, TX 78701. 

8 pm - Malin Pettersen

9 pm - The Accidentals

10 pm - Nobody’s Girl

11 pm - Dead Horses

12 pm - Tomás Del Real

1 am - Easy Wanderlings

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. This year’s event will be held from March 13-22, 2020. To learn more, visit the SXSW website.

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Conference Poster Contest Winner

At the 2020 conference in New Orleans, all showcasing artists were invited to participate in the first annual FAI poster contest, sponsored by Grassy Hill Entertainment. With over 60 entries displayed in the exhibit hall, conference attendees cast a single vote each for their favorite. The inaugural winner of the award was Frances Luke Accord, who took home the grand prize of a complimentary registration for the 2021 conference in Kansas City.

Second Annual Conference 

On April 1-2, 2020, Kultur i Väst will present the 2020 Nordic Folk Alliance in Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with Nordic Music Export (NOMEX). Positioned as a gathering place for musicians, music industry members and lovers of folk and global roots music, the Nordic Folk Alliance conference provides multiple opportunities for showcasing, learning and networking. The conference will kick off on March 31 with a public inaugural concert, featuring Folk All-in Band.
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13th Annual Conference Chattanooga, TN

May 13-17, 2020

Held this year in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 13th annual conference will feature seminars, workshops, official showcases, and guerilla showcases. This year’s keynote speaker is Mary Gauthier -- whose tenth album Rifles and Rosary Beads was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award for Best Folk Album of the Year, a 2018 International Folk Music Award (IFMA) winner, and was named 2019 International Artist of the Year by The Americana Association UK.

The early bird registration rate is available until March 31. 

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Ethnomobility Subsidies Available

Through generous foundational support, Ethno USA is able to provide a small number of competitive full-subsidies for US-based musicians to attend Ethno events throughout its international network via EthnoMobility.

Awardees receive full travel coverage (airfare, ground travel) as well as full coverage of the host Ethno’s participant fees. Awardees share their EthnoMobility journey on Ethno USA’s website and social media channels.

To be eligible for EthnoMobility funding, musicians must be within the age range specified by the host Ethno (typically 18-30) and have a valid US passport. 

To see a full list of ongoing Ethno locations, dates, and details, visit Ethno World.

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Video Recap - Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Jamie McKew
At the Australian edition of The ExChange, founder and recently retired director of the world-renowned Port Fairy Folk Festival, now in its 43rd year, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award.  View the video above to find out more about him. 

Go to our YouTube channel to find video links including more Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAAs), Annual General Meetings, Keynotes, and conference recaps.  
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