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The Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word).

The annual February conference (now in its 30th year) draws 2,700 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2017 conference represented 27 countries including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Previous New Zealand artists include Mel Parsons, Delaney Davidson, and Marlon Williams.


DATE: February 14-18, 2018

LOCATION: Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA


Folk Alliance International 2018 Delegate Grants

Capped at $2,500 the grant covers 50% of return economy airfares from New Zealand to Kansas City, MO USA, delegate registration to the conference, private showcasing fees, accommodation (up to 5 nights) and per diems (up to 5 days).

The purpose of this grant is to facilitate solo musicians who are considering officially showcasing at FAI in the future or have showcased in the past and are wanting to reconnect, strengthen and expand their networks.  They will be expected to attend seminars, network with the industry and book and perform at the ‘non-official’ Private Showcases scheduled every night during the duration of the conference.

Information on Private Showcases and how they work can be found on the FAI website.

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For further information on the Folk Alliance International 2018 Delegate Grant please contact Alan Holt on 09 376 0115 or


Applications for the Folk Alliance International 2018 Delegate Grant close 5pm December 4th 2017.