Frequently Asked Questions

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Check out the page Ways to Perform for info on how to perform at our conference.

Folk Alliance offers many ways to save money or attend for free:

  • The Early Bird rate (available May 30 - Aug 29, 2017) is the most discounted rate. If you are a member you can buy the 30th Anniversary Member Special rate from May 15-29, 2017 which is $30 off the Early Bird Rate.
  • Volunteering entitles you to a free registration (must meet the minimum hours required).
  • You may qualify for a scholarship.
  • You may qualify for the referral program.
  • If you are a presenter and a first-time attendee, please contact the office for a complimentary registration.
  • If you are traveling to the conference from outside North America, please contact the office for discounted rates.
  • If you are bringing a group of 20+ attendees, please contact our Director of Operations for group rates.
No, you must purchase your hotel room separately.
Meals are not included as part of the registration fee. The Westin has a restaurant in their lobby (The Brasserie). There are also plenty of restaurants in Crown Center adjacent to the Westin.
Business cards, CD's, promotional materials, comfortable shoes, reusable water bottle, portable humidifier for your room, and layers of clothing (it could be 70°F or 25°F in Kansas City in February!)
No, item sales are not allowed. Folk Alliance is a business networking conference - bring your latest CD's and share them freely with those you meet.



Mission Statement

The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.

Additional Conference Events

2019 FAI Conference

DATE: February 13-17, 2019

LOCATION:  Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada

UPCOMING DEADLINES:  Early Bird member registration ends May 31, 2018