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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.

FAI's Official Showcases are jury-selected nightly concerts that feature emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. They represent an unparalleled opportunity to perform for hundreds of festival and venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives who attend the conference.

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


DATE: February 14-18, 2018

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

The deadline for applications to showcase close September 13, 2017, at 5 pm CST.


For more information about applying to participate in the Folk Alliance International Conference visit: