2017 Conference In Review

2017 Daytime Programming

Wednesday, Feb. 15

First Timers Meeting Sponsored by Grassy Hill EntertainmentWED 3:30pm-5:00pm

Are you overwhelmed by the size of the program book and the thousands of performances? Did you come with a goal in mind? Listen to advice from conference veterans on how to navigate the next several days, and come prepared with questions. Throughout the conference look for conference veterans with "Ask Me" buttons. They are available to answer your questions.

Location: Washington Park Place II & III

Private Showcase Presenter Meeting WED 4pm-4:45pm

Location: Shawnee Mission

Opening Reception Sponsored by GigSaladWED 5pm-6pm

Location: Century Foyer

Thursday, Feb. 16

Coffee with the Board Sponsored by The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & CultureTHURS 8:30am-9am

Everyone is welcome to attend

Location: Century C

Annual General Meeting Sponsored by The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & CultureTHURS 9am-10am

Join us as our Board of Directors welcomes its newest members, and we recap the past year. Reports will be followed by a Q&A. All registrants are welcome.

Location: Century C

Volunteer OrientationTHURS 9:30am-10am

Location: Liberty

First Timers Coffee Sponsored by Grassy Hill EntertainmentTHURS 10am-10:30am

Grab a coffee to meet up with fellow first timers before heading to the morning panels. Look for a conference veteran wearing an "Ask Me" pin for the answer to the question you forgot to ask at the orientation meeting.

Location: Century C

Health FairTHURS 10am-5pm

Check out the health fair page for detailed info about services offered and signing up for appointments.

Location: Pershing North

Community Impact – Off Stage, Year RoundTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

Community engagement is a vital component in many festivals and concert series and is more than stage performances. Join this panel to hear what leading organizations are doing with educational and service programming to activate communities year round.

Moderator: Anna Creek (Quicksilver Productions)Track: PresenterLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Cortina Caldwell (LEAF Community Arts), Dan Calloway (Blissfest), Dalis Allen (Kerrville Folk Festival), Justin Nordell (Philadelphia Folksong Society)

Creative Business ModelsTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

Brave entrepreneurs think outside the box. Hear music industry pros discuss diversified revenue streams, creating sustainability, and ideas for building innovation into your music business.

Moderator: Aime Therrien (BalsamPier Music) Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Jason Galaz (MuddyRoots), Jennifer Newman Sharpe (Sparkplug), Steve Purtelle (Acoustic Grille), Steve Szymanski (Planet Bluegrass)

Cultural Equity and InclusivityTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

Explore ideas for authentic engagement with marginalized communities through acknowledging privilege, and taking action to increase representation on boards, staff and onstage. Illuminating programs are representative of the diverse world we live in, and require an understanding of historical context, protocols, and issues of appropriation.

Moderator: ShoShona Kish (Artist)Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Bau Graves (Old Town School of Folk Music), David Amram (Artist), Edgar J. Palacios (Classical Musician & Arts Administrator), Karen Lisondra (Theatre Artist & Director), Rosina Kazi (Artist)

Diversifying Income SourcesTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

Developing a broad base of revenue streams is a smart way to ensure career stability. Unique opportunities exist for artists to create consistent new income beyond performance fees and product sales. This panel will explore some conventional and unconventional ways to put more money into your pocket and retirement savings.

Moderator: Steve Garvan (Garvan Management)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing South

Panelists: Ben Yonas (University of Memphis), Chris Robley (CD Baby), Dave Ruch (Artist), Vanessa Ferrer (Merchcat)

Marketing: Emerging to EstablishedTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

What does it take to generate buzz around your music and career as an emerging or established artist? This session will cover strategic concepts, current trends and technologies, and best practices regarding marketing, branding, distribution, and management.

Moderator: Tamara Kater (Folk Music Canada)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Cary Baker (Conqueroo), Cortney Harkin (BaselineMUSIC), David Macias (Thirty Tigers), Fiona Bloom (The Bloom Effect)

Mentorship Meetings Sponsored by Oklahoma Film + Music OfficeTHURS 10:30am-11:45am

Get one-on-one career advice via our “ask-me-anything” 10 minute mentor sessions. Advance sign-up is required (online or at the Info Booth) for short meetings with industry insiders and Folk Alliance Board Members. These morning networking events are a great opportunity to pick the brain of an industry insider and may even kick off a game-changing relationship.

Location: Century C

Private Showcase Presenter MeetingTHURS 12pm-12:45pm

Location: Shawnee Mission

YogaTHURS 12pm-1pm

Location: Brookside

Bruce Cockburn Book SigningTHURS 12pm-1pm

Location: Century Foyer

Powerful PartnershipsTHURS 1pm-2:15pm

Strategic partnerships can save time, energy, and money, while thoughtful, creative, and unconventional collaborations can lead to unique programming and improved outcomes. Hear perspectives and tactics from presenter, programmer, journalist, and artist angles of the industry.

Moderator: Lisa Schwartz (Philadelphia Folk Festival)Track: PresenterLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Anne Pitts (Levitt Shell), Art Menius (Art Menius Consulting), Jan Bell (Brooklyn Americana Music Festival)

Radio and Folk Brand AwarenessTHURS 1pm-2:15pm

Radio stations and DJs play a vital role in sharing folk music with the world. Many programmers overlook or misunderstand the genre. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities to effectively communicate the diversity, historical richness, and commercial momentum of the folk brand.

Moderator: Joe Swank (Swank Promotions)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Linda Fahey (Folk Alley), Michael Park (The International Americana Music Show), Mike Pengra (MPR)

Supportive Side PlayersTHURS 1pm-2:15pm

Being a side player comes with its own unique criteria. Come learn from tenured supporting musicians what it takes to create a sustainable career on this path. This will cover areas such as note taking, ensemble sound, learning other’s styles, ego-management, road-survival tips and more.

Moderator: Cheryl Prashker (Artist)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing South

Panelists: Ben Savage (Artist), Jacob Chano Lundby (Artist), Patrick M'Gonigle (Artist), Shaun Hague (Supreme Entertainment Artists)

The Value of a UnionTHURS 1pm-2:15pm

Whether you are an established artist or just beginning your creative project, your union can provide support in a variety of ways. Hear clear explanations on union benefits, pensions, and visas, and get a greater understanding about the support and representation the union provides for its members all year round.

Moderator: John McCutcheon (Artist)Track: CommunityLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Colin Dean (Local 1000), Eve Goldberg (Artist), Rosalyn Dennett (CIMA & MusicOntario), Tret Fure (Artist)

Touring the USTHURS 1pm-2:15pm

The US can be a lucrative market, but there are many miles, states, tax structures, truck stops, visas, and backstage meals between a hotel showcase and career success. Learn key steps, challenges, industry associations, events, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.

Moderator: Michael Jaworek (The Birchmere)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Holly Lowman (Wingman Management), Michael Beauchamp-Cohen (Red Tail Ring), Mary Sack (Mary Sack Management), Mike Green (Mike Green & Associates)

Reinterpreting Traditional MusicTHURS 2:30pm-3:45pm

New approaches to traditional music can reinvigorate old forms and also ruffle feathers. New technologies can be contentious in a traditional environment, as is the notion of new music becoming the Trad. of today. This panel will discuss early influences, historical reverence, and the nature of innovation and mentorship.

Moderator: Neil Pearson (English Folk Dance and Song Society)Track: Community
Location: Liberty

Panelists: Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand (Artist), Bella Hardy (Artist), Iskwe (Artist), Sam Gleaves (Artist)

The Art of Adventurous ProgrammingTHURS 2:30pm-3:45pm

How do you use your platform? Hear from industry vanguards who believe it’s important to challenge audiences, to push boundaries, and to innovate for impact. Thoughtful programming is core to audience and community development. Top programmers from around the world will share ideas and advice on tackling the ever-evolving job of arts and music programming.

Moderator: Michael Kornfeld (AcousticMusicScene.com)Track: Presenter
Location: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Chloe Goodyear (Woodford Folk Festival), Doug Cox (Vancouver Island MusicFest), Libby Brickson (City Winery Chicago), Steve Johnson (Merlefest)

The Importance of ImagesTHURS 2:30pm-3:45pm

Visual impressions are undeniably important as an artist and too often overlooked or under-resourced. Good imaging and photography are assets that any presenter or publicist will require in order to sell your show. Hear professional advice on how to best visually represent your musical talent and unique appeal.

Moderator: Erika Wollam Nichols (The Bluebird Cafe)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing South

Panelists: Dan Navarro (Artist), Deone Jahnke (Photographer), Kelly Ludwig (Creative Director/Photographer)

Touring ScandinaviaTHURS 2:30pm-3:45pm

Do you know what it means to Fingertoppskänsla or Att köpa grisen i sacken? Discover the translation and learn key steps, challenges, industry associations, events, booking cycles, and business norms in this market. This session will assist you in making sustainable steps rather than feeling it out by your fingertips.

Moderator: MC Hansen (ROSA)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Brett Perkins (Listening Room), Elle Márjá Eira (Artist), Hilda Sandgren (MTA Production AB), Tom Levin (SweFolk)

Women in MusicTHURS 2:30pm-3:45pm

Industry leaders share their perspectives as women at the top of their field. Tales and tactics for women aspiring to create, communicate, and lead in the music business.

Moderator: Erin Benjamin (Music Canada Live)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner (Kansas City Jazz Museum), Kimber Ludiker (Artist), Laurel Premo (Artist), Neeta Ragoowansi (National Performing Rights Exchange)

YogaTHURS 4pm-5pm

Location: Brookside

Folk DJ ReceptionTHURS 4pm-5:30pm

The Folk DJ Reception is designed for anyone interested in meeting the people who are the voices of folk music on the radio and the internet. It is an opportunity for artists to meet all the Folk DJs in the same room at the same time. Donations are requested by the DJs, but not required. Bring plenty of CD’s and download cards.

Location: Century C

Friday, Feb. 17

Regional Breakfast Sponsored by Grassy Hill EntertainmentFRI 9am-9:30am

Meet the leaders of your local region and many of the folks who are attending from your region. A great way to make new friends in your own back yard and see how you can contribute to the growth of your Folk Alliance International region. Information will be available on special regional activities and the annual Folk Alliance International Regional Conferences. A continental breakfast is available for the early risers.

Location: Roanoke Foyer

Regional Meeting - InternationalFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Roanoke

Regional Meeting - FARMFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Liberty

Regional Meeting - FAR-WestFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Pershing West

Regional Meeting - NERFAFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Pershing South

Regional Meeting - SERFAFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Pershing East

Regional Meeting - SWRFAFRI 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Shawnee Mission

Health FairFRI 10am-5pm

Check out the health fair page for detailed info about services offered and signing up for appointments.

Location: Pershing North

Accessibility Beyond ComplianceFRI 10:30am-11:45am

Explore ideas for increasing representation of artists with disabilities on stages, the responsibility of programmers to ensuring access, and suggestions for cultivating diverse audiences. This panel will explore tactics to ensure accessibility, compliance, and a musical community that is inclusive of all.

Moderator: Brad Tisdel (Sisters Folk Festival)Track: PresenterLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Anne Saunders (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), Craig Grossman (Green Room Music Source), Gaelynn Lea (Artist), Lynne Skromeda (Winnipeg Folk Festival)

Diversity RoundtablesFRI 10:30am-11:45am

Join this roundtable forum to engage in dialogue on relevant issues of diversity, inclusion, and activism. Table topics facilitated by a host will include spirituality and religion, LGBTQ, ethnicity and race, gender diversity, and politics in the folk music scene. You will be invited to change tables every 10 minutes, enabling you to participate in multiple thematic discussions. The session will conclude in a sharing of ideas as the table hosts take the stage to share collected insight from all participants. This is a chance to speak freely and listen carefully.

Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Liberty

Getting “Placed”FRI 10:30am-11:45am

Ever wonder how a peer got their song placed on a TV show or in a movie? This panel will discuss opportunities open to artists, what companies are looking for, and what a good deal looks like. Most importantly they will reveal how artists get their music heard by the decision makers.

Moderator: Bobby Rymer (Writer's Den Music Group)Track: ArtistLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Jimmy Metts (Torque Entertainment), Lisa Aschmann (Artist), Neeta Ragoowansi (National Performing Rights Exchange), Paul Wiltshire (Songtradr)

On the GriddleFRI 10:30am-11:45am

How does a radio music director decide which recording gets airplay? Attendees may bring songs to share with a panel of industry experts; CDs will be collected at the beginning of the workshop and chosen by blind lottery for public review. Radio, venue, and production veterans will listen to the first sixty seconds of the songs and give instant impressions and feedback. They will explore programming uses, production quality, and business opportunities. Bring your best song or just come to listen.

Moderator: William Kennedy Jr. (Charterhouse Music Group)Track: Artist
Location: Pershing South

Panelists: Brad Hunt (The WNS Group), Greg Torrington (Stingray Music), John Platt (WFUV), Maggi Landau (American Roots Music at Caramoor), Mary Sue Twohy (Sirius XM Radio)

Touring CanadaFRI 10:30am-11:45am

Canada is a vast country with straightforward and inexpensive work visa requirements, a thriving music scene, and folk festivals in every province. This panel will provide an in-depth overview of information essential for anyone interested in working in the land of Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen. Learn key steps, challenges, industry associations, events, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.

Moderator: Ana Miura (FAI Canadian Rep)Track: ArtistLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Brock Zeman (Artist), Coco Love Alcorn (Artist), Dave Gunning (Artist), Jonathan Byrd (Artist)

Mentorship Meetings Sponsored by Oklahoma Film + Music OfficeFRI 10:30am-12pm

Get one-on-one career advice via our “ask-me-anything” 10 minute mentor sessions. Advance sign-up is required (online or at the Info Booth) for short meetings with industry insiders and Folk Alliance Board Members. These morning networking events are a great opportunity to pick the brain of an industry insider and may even kick off a game-changing relationship.

Location: Washington Park Place II & III

Special Presentation: Ani DiFranco FRI 12pm-1pm

Ani's special presentation will occur immediately following the Artist in Residence presentation of Topeka Prision Project - Blues Behind Bars.

Location: Century C

Art Smart & Money WiseFRI 1pm-2:15pm

Building a sustainable career in music requires being business savvy. This financial planning overview for independent artists (as entrepreneurs and small business owners) will freshen up financial management skills and review best practices regarding quarterly filings, incorporation, deductions, savings, and retirement planning.

Moderator: Donald Davidoff (D2 Demand Solutions)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing South

Panelists: Erin McGrane (Artist), Jen Bradner (Business Coach & Transitionalist), Tim Mason (Crow Collaborative), Accountant TBA (Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts)

Managing A Global CareerFRI 1pm-2:15pm

A forum on the critical role of the artist manager ushering careers into the global marketplace. Discussion will include relationships and resources needed to grow an artist’s reach, assessing export readiness, and market strategy.

Moderator: Amy Reitnouer (The Bluegrass Situation)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Michael Creamer (Creamer Management), Ralph Jaccodine (Ralph Jaccodine Management), Sheena Keane (Blue Grace Music), Val Denn (The Val Denn Agency)

Survival in an Evolving MarketplaceFRI 1pm-2:15pm

Organizing an event that has become a historical landmark can be both gratifying and challenging. Competition comes naturally as the market grows. Leading festival and venue organizers will share their successes, challenges, and tactics to sustainable growth.

Moderator: Matt Smith (Passim)Track: PresenterLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Jean Spivey (Old Settler's Music Festival), Jim Gillespie (Blissfest), Lisa Schwartz (Philadelphia Folk Festival), Samir Baijal (Hillside Festival)

Take Me To Your LeaderFRI 1pm-2:15pm

Up close and personal with the leaders of FAI, AMA, IBMA, and the Blues Foundation. This informal session is a time to get to know the figureheads and decision makers. They will answer questions (personal and professional), discuss industry collaboration and competition, mission focus, and vigorously debate the top 5 albums of all time.

Moderator: Michelle Conceison (Market Monkeys)Track: CommunityLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Aengus Finnan (Folk Alliance International), Barbara Newman (Blues Foundation), Jed Hilly (Americana Music Association), Paul Schiminger (International Bluegrass Music Association)

Touring EuropeFRI 1pm-2:15pm

Continental Europe, Ireland, and the United Kingdom host countless festivals and venues that regularly present folk music from abroad; but accessing them can be a mystery. This practical overview from a variety of industry perspectives will address key steps, challenges, industry associations, events, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.

Moderator: Shawna Cooper (Dollartone)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Crispin Parry (British Underground), Laura Cortese (Artist), Lisa Whytock (Active Events UK), Will McCarthy (Will McCarthy Music Promotions UK)

A New Look at RadioFRI 2:30pm-3:45pm

Radio has changed over the years. How do internet radio and traditional radio benefit one another? How do they differ as governmental regulations vary between the two mediums. Do they share similar audiences? This panel will share not only the complementary nature of the two but also how they continually challenge each other.

Moderator: Brad Paul (Brad Paul Media)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Jon Hart (KTGB), Rain Perry (Documentarian 'The Shopkeeper'), Rich Warren (WFMT Radio - The Midnight Special), Rob Bleetstein (Hwy61 Radio)

PR PowerFRI 2:30pm-3:45pm

Are your press materials ready for national promoters? Strong releases, compelling bios, and a dynamic story are vital to an artist's career and are key to engaging journalists, DJs, reviewers, and presenters. Great materials offer a leg up in a competitive market and are integral to selling your show to the public. This panel will discuss pitfalls and best practices for crafting your message and ensuring it stands out.

Moderator: Lellie Capwell (LPC Media)Track: Artist Location: Pershing South

Panelists: Devon Leger (HearthPR), Hunter Scott (LaFamos), Kimberly Sinclair (Spincount), Nick Loss Eaton (Nick Loss-Eaton Media)

The Music They Didn’t Want You To Hear Sponsored by The Bluebird CafeFRI 2:30pm-3:45pm

The Freedom Sings concert, held each year at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, shares the untold stories of censorship, activism, and inspiration behind some of our most beloved songs. Created by Ken Paulson, the Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University, president of the First Amendment Center and the former editor-in-chief of USA Today, the concert has spawned two CDs, two documentaries and a touring company that takes music and free speech to college campuses across the nation. Join us for this special performance of the songs that shaped America.

Moderator: Ken Paulson (First Amendment Center)
Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Liberty

The Value of Free ShowsFRI 2:30pm-3:45pm

Producing events with no costs to the audience is the ultimate way to remove the first barrier of access, but it can complicate issues of liability, audience safety and retention, funder and sponsor expectations, community ownership, and more. Discover the challenges, rewards, and actual costs of free presentations.

Moderator: Catie Curtis (Americans United for Separation of Church and State)
Track: PresenterLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Ben Anderson (Prescott Park Arts Festival), Ian Davies (Sunfest), Katie Keller (International Bluegrass Music Museum | ROMP Fest), Patti Diou (Levitt Pavillion Arlington)

Touring AustraliaFRI 2:30pm-3:45pm

Touring the southern hemisphere during a North American winter sounds ideal, but what does it take to get a gig there let alone a work visa, and is it really financially viable? Hear practical advice and learn key steps, challenges, industry associations, events, booking cycles, and business norms in this market.

Moderator: Glenn Dickie (SoundsAustralia)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Brenley MacEachern (Artist), Chloe Goodyear (Woodford Folk Festival), Lisa MacIsaac (Artist), Rowena Wise (Artist), Una McAlinden (Folk Alliance Australia)

Peer Session - AgentsFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Pershing South

Peer Session - ArtistsFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Washington Park Place II & III

Peer Session - FestivalsFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Shawnee Mission

Peer Session - House ConcertsFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Roanoke

Peer Session - ManagersFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Pershing East/West

Peer Session - MediaFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Brookside

Peer Session - VenuesFRI 4pm-5pm

Join your industry colleagues for a closed door meeting specific to your roles in the folk music scene. This is an informal and open-ended opportunity to discuss issues, ideas, trends, concerns, and developments important to the way you work, collaborate, and interact with other peer groups. A peer host will convene each session.

Location: Liberty

Saturday, Feb. 18

First Timers Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Grassy Hill EntertainmentSAT 9am-10am

Start your last full day out right by joining first timers for a casual breakfast. Strategize together about what panels to attend and talk about what you learned the previous days. Several of the conference veteran wearing the "Ask Me" pins will be around to answer questions.

Location: 18th Floor Suite, Room 1843

Women’s Circle: Networking with a PurposeSAT 9:30am-10:30am

Do we really need to keep having “women-only” industry events? Yes. Why? Because real change requires determination, consistency, and leadership. Show up to this networking event to understand for yourself the value and power of women talking to women. We are all in this together and lasting change and progress are up to us. Welcome to anyone who feels this is a space in which they belong.

Track: CommunityLocation: Century C

Gene Shay Songwriting CritiqueSAT 10am-12pm

Open to audience members and songwriters seeking input, this annual forum is a chance to experience a songwriting help session and critique. Each songwriter will perform one unrecorded song and receive constructive feedback from a panel of experts on melody, lyric, and instrumentation. This is not a performance critique. Many great songs have debuted at this workshop, one of the longest running workshops at FAI. Songwriters: Sign up in advance at the information booth and come prepared with 5 copies of the unrecorded song lyric sheets.

Moderator: Rich Warren (WFMT Radio - The Midnight Special)Track: ArtistLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Bil VornDick (Mountainside Music), Bill Garrett (Borealis Records), Kari Estrin (Kari Estrin Artist Management), Tom Paxton (Artist)

A View from the HillSAT 10:30am-11:45am

Executive policy summary and up-to-date information on legislation currently in process on Capitol Hill. Music Industry reps and elected officials will discuss current lobbying efforts, and items such as pending changes to visa processing for international artists, digital licensing, copyright protections, and more. This session is strictly off the record, for real … NO CAMERAS OR RECORDING.

Moderator: Joan Kornblith (FAI Board Member)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Barry Lynn (Americans United for Separation of Church and State), Cheryl Kagan (Maryland State Senator), Linda Bloss-Baum (SoundExchange)

Behind the BoardSAT 10:30am-11:45am

This panel will explore the process of how a song moves through the world of production. Join producers and writers who will discuss a variety of topics from pre-production to mastering, techniques, gear, software, and collaboration.

Moderator: Raven Kanatakta (Artist)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Alex Wong (Artist), Billy Crockett (Blue Rock Studios), Jimmy Lafave (Artist), Patrick Conway (Artist)

Booking a Booking AgentSAT 10:30am-11:45am

The role, relationships, and resources of a booking agent are complex. Hear from professionals what to consider and which questions to ask to determine if you are ready to work with an agent, and how to develop a relationship that truly works for you. Interested in being a booking agent? Ask the experts what it takes to become one.

Moderator: lou DeMarco (Momentary Love Management)Track: Artist
Location: Pershing South

Panelists: Jeremy Giacomin (Paquin Artists Agency), Mark Lourie (Skyline Music), Nicole Rochefort (AIM Booking Agency), Tim Drake (The Roots Agency)

Contemporary Protest | Music, Politics, and ActivismSAT 10:30am-11:45am

What would move you to risk your life to sing a song, or travel cross-country to play guitar on a picket line, or advocate beyond the boundaries of comfort and at the risk of losing audiences? The panelists in this forum have made their considerable careers as musicians a reflection of their personal values and commitments.

Moderator: Nic Dawes (Human Rights Watch)Track: Community, Forbidden Folk
Location: Washington Park Place II & III

Panelists: Billy Bragg (Artist), Eliza Gilkyson (Artist), Ramy Essam (Artist), SONiA disappear fear (Artist)

Global RootsSAT 10:30am-11:45am

Odetta famously said, “Folk music is the root of the tree.” Folk is inclusive in nature and encapsulates a multitude of cultures, musical styles, oral histories and roots traditions from around the world. What has traditionally been labeled “world music” is really the global reality of folk music around the world. Hear perspectives from the global Folk scene and discover how music can share the story of a specific place and time that is simultaneously inclusive of all cultures and histories.

Moderator: Derek Andrews (Global Cafe)Track: Community, Forbidden Folk
Location: Pershing North

Panelists: Alysha Brilla (Artist), Ben Mandelson (WOMEX), Cécile Doo-Kingué (Artist), Drew Gonsalves (Kobo Town)

Where Performance Royalties GoSAT 10:30am-11:45am

For presenters, performance royalty fees are a required line item in the budget. This panel will follow the money trail back to the original creators. A short presentation of the FAI house concert agreement will also be made.

Moderator: Renee Bodie, Board Member and Levitt PavilionTrack: Presenter
Location: Shawnee Mission

Indigenous GatheringSAT 12pm-1pm

This year FAI proudly welcomes the largest number of indigenous artists to the conference to date, representing tribes and peoples from around the world including South and Central America, Norway, Australia, the US, Canada, and the high Arctic. Cultural protocol dictates that a Welcome to Land ceremony be held to honor indigenous delegates visiting Kansas City, the traditional land of the Kansa, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Comanche tribes. The ceremony is open to all who wish to observe.

Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Century C

YogaSAT 12pm-1pm

Location: Washington Park Place Foyer

60 Second SoapboxSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Have something to say? Looking for a platform? Step right up and speak your mind. Participants will have one full minute to speak freely on any Forbidden Folk topic; political, creative, environmental, social, etc. Response and crowd interaction? Yes.

Moderator: David Newland (Artist)Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Century Foyer

Community Connections: Kickstarter Music Sponsored by KickstarterSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Kickstarter is a platform where creative projects come to life. Join Kickstarter Music representative, Jim Logrando for a discussion about the successes and challenges of engaging your community, building a project, and tapping into the power of possibility.

Moderator: Jim Logrando (Kickstarter)Location: Brookside

Crossing BordersSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Learn the basics of work visa immigration including the various temporary visas for musicians, exceptions, how to define "work," the impact of a showcase, "green card" requirements, and other issues faced by artists, managers, and band members. The goal is to cover the issues and answer questions, leaving attendees informed and not overwhelmed.

Moderator: Will Spitz (Covey Law)Track: Artist, Forbidden FolkLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Crispin Parry (British Underground), Liana White (Canadian Federation of Musicians), Matt Greenhill (Fli Artists), Robert Baird (Baird Artists Management Consulting)

Developing New AudiencesSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Cultivating culturally diverse audiences starts with authentic relationship development. It takes commitment, tenacity, investment, and willingness to evolve. Learn tactics from long-time organizations and programmers who, with intention and innovation, are growing a loyal and diverse audience base.

Moderator: Alka Sharma (Folk Music Ontario)Track: PresenterLocation: Shawnee Mission

Panelists: Chris Frayer (Winnipeg Folk Festival), Kevin Murdock (Manhattan Arts Center), Heather Gibson (National Arts Centre)

Folk Roots of the BluesSAT 1pm-2:15pm

The roots of Folk and Blues music have been continuously intertwined through history. This discussion will trace some of the historical connections between the two, how they affect both musical communities presently, and the natural place of Blues music in Folk programming.

Moderator: Barbara Newman (Blues Foundation)Track: IndustryLocation: Roanoke

Panelists: Alice Sellwood (Toronto Blues Society), Bobby Rush (Artist), Jim O’Neal (Living Blues Magazine/ Mississippi Blues Trail), Mary Katherine Aldin (Folk Music Historian)

From Angst to ActivismSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Use YOUR resources to effect real change in the world. Many of us are angry and disillusioned by the current political climate. We feel the urge to participate but aren’t sure how, and arguing with your uncle’s wife’s sister’s friends on Facebook doesn’t get you anywhere but frustrated. Instead, learn how to take the time and resources you have and put them to use. Watch change happen on a local, national, and global level. You have more power than you think you do.

Moderator: Matt Haeck (Artist)Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Pershing North

Panelists: Doug Williams (Artist), Mark Marczyk (Artist), Spook Handy (Artist), Telisha Williams (Artist)

Wisdom of the WhippersnappersSAT 1pm-2:15pm

There is an ever-growing community of young artists and leaders who are taking charge of their careers and passions, and building lives that reflect their values and desires. Hear firsthand who they are, what inspires them, and their refreshing approaches to building careers.

Moderator: Anthony DaCosta (Artist)Track: CommunityLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Annika Bennett (Artist), Emily Wurramara (Artist), Giri Peters (Artist), Rachel Sermanni (Artist)

Woody Guthrie’s Revolutionary MindSAT 1pm-2:15pm

Presented by Nora Guthrie, this presentation explores Woody’s political leanings through his songs spanning causes he embraced; anti-fascism, civil rights, workers’ rights, and more.

Moderator: Nora Guthrie (Artist)Track: Artist, Forbidden FolkLocation: Pershing South

Archive ChallengeSAT 2pm-4pm

Come hear pre-registered artists play their creative interpretations of songs from the American Folklife Center (AFC) archive at the Library of Congress. The archive contains cylinder recordings of Native American song, the Lomaxes’ pioneering discs, and recent born-digital recordings. Best known performers include Muddy Waters, Pete Seeger, Honeyboy Edwards, Woody Guthrie, Aunt Molly Jackson, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, and Jean Ritchie. This showcase is a joint presentation of Folk Alliance International and AFC.

Location: Washington Park Place II & III

Censorship *%@#!SAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

Censorship is alive and well, with the gatekeepers to many platforms being corporate interest and political power. This panel features journalists and artists who have been instructed to stand down. Come hear the story behind the story, how they have continued to work and create despite obstacles, and the critical role of brave truth-seekers and speakers.

Moderator: Lynne Margolis (Freelance Writer)Track: Community, Forbidden Folk
Location: Pershing North

Panelists: Moddi (Artist), Nic Dawes (Human Rights Watch), Si Kahn (Artist)

First Folk - Indigenous Artists in MusicSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

First Nations people have a vital and critical place in our music ecosystem and community at large. Explore the role of the artist and the place of music in indigenous society. Discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous artists and presenters and issues of prejudice in the industry. Gain an awareness of cultural protocols and learn best practices for engaging Indigenous artists and audiences.

Moderator: Gerald Torres (Attorney)Track: Artist, Forbidden FolkLocation: Pershing South

Panelists: Amado Espinoza (Artist), Garrett Lebeau (Artist), Leanne Goose (Artist), Shoshona Kish (Artist)

Legal AffairsSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

It’s easy to get lost in the fine print. Attend this brief review of legal issues to determine what you can manage on your own and when it is time to call the pros. Learn how to read music industry agreements, what to watch out for in major deal agreements, and the basics of recording, publishing, management, and distribution deals. There will be time for Q&A.

Moderator: Dan Calderon (Calderon Law)Track: ArtistLocation: Pershing East/West

Panelists: Bruce Newman (Newman, DeCoster), Don Simon (MudStomp Records), Liz Storm (Law Office of Liz Storm), Nan Warshaw (Bloodshot Records)

Mental Health & Response to AddictionSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

Creative industries are often unconventional, demanding, and enabling. In this environment, it can be very difficult to maintain balance and control. Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health issues can develop over time. This panel will address symptoms, and resources for treatment, assistance, and accountability. Materials and suggestions for further discussion will also be available.

Track: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Roanoke

Showing Up for Racial JusticeSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national network organizing white people for racial justice. Through personal support, political education, and solidarity action, SURJ moves people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. This session, facilitated by local SURJ Kansas City, will ground attendees in seven Points of Unity (essential values to win a racial justice movement) while practicing tangible skills to discuss and disrupt white privilege in ourselves and the community at large.

Trainers: Molly Fleming and John TramelTrack: Community, Forbidden FolkLocation: Shawnee Mission

SoundExchange 101:
What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your Royalties
Sponsored by SoundExchangeSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry and distributing over $4 billion in digital royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners. This interactive session will cover need-to-know information on performance royalties, copyright, licensing, metadata, legislation, advocacy and how becoming a SoundExchange member (it’s FREE!) allows you to further maximize your royalties for streams around the world.

Moderator: Linda Bloss-Baum (SoundExchange)Location: Brookside

Wisdom of the EldersSAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

We lost many of our dearest teachers, leaders, and luminaries in 2016, giving us all the more reason to celebrate our living legends. Established in 2010 by Sonny Ochs, this panel presents the elders of our community in an intimate forum to share perspectives from a lifetime in folk music. Join us for wisdom, reflection, smiles, and an invaluable time to listen to these amazing path pavers and way makers.

Moderator: Mike Regenstreif (Broadcaster/Writer) & Sonny Ochs (WIOX)
Track: CommunityLocation: Liberty

Panelists: Barbara Dane (Artist), Len Chandler (Artist), Ron Cohen (Author)

Keynote Speech - Billy BraggSAT 4pm-5pm

Billy's keynote will occur immediately following the Artist in Residence presentation of Brown Eyes in Blue.

Location: Century C

Reception
Sponsored by City of Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts ComplexSAT 5pm-6pm

Location: Century Foyer

Sunday, Feb. 19

Songwriters BreakfastSUN 10am-12pm

There’s a tradition to just sit down and write a good song. Songwriters, we invite you to join in this tradition and add to the legacy of new songs created during the conference. Participation instructions: 1. Pick a topic from the jar at Information (Century Foyer); 2. Write a 2-3 minute song this weekend on your interpretation of the topic; 3. When your song is finished, sign up to perform at Information; 4. Arrive in advance of 10:00am. Good luck!

Hosted by: Dalis Allen (SWRFA/ Kerrville Folk Festival)
Location: Benton's 20th Floor

Closing Party
Sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Co. & Tom's Town Distilling Co.
Transportation provided by VisitKC.
SUN 7pm-11:30pm

Location: Offsite, see program book for details