Official Showcase FAQ's
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If I get an Official Showcase, do I have to pay to attend the conference?
Yes, all Official Showcase artists and their support team must pay to attend the conference. Applicants are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate regardless of Official Showcase award status. View the Showcase Applicant price matrix here
If I don't get an Official Showase, will you refund my application fee?
No, Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable.
If our band is accepted to perform, do we have to register the entire band at the same time by November 29th in order to receive $200/person rate?
Yes, your entire band must register at the same time to recieve the discounted $200/person rate.
If we register 3 members of our band at $200/person early bird rate, is it possible to add a 4th member to our group at $200 later?
To receive the $200/person rate, 3 or more people must be registered at the same time, a single registration done later is added at the individual rate at the time of registration. Refunds can be processed until 12/31/17 (minus a $50 fee).
How long is an Official Showcase?
Each Official Showcase is 30 minutes in length on a stage with full production. There is a 15-minute changeover between each artist.
Will I be able to sound check?
Due to the large quantity of artists performing in such a compact time frame, we are unable to offer sound checks.
What is provided for backline?
Backline includes guitar and bass amps, a limited number of upright basses (check-out only), drum kits* (just bring sticks/brushes), and keyboards*. * Not all stages have drum kits and keyboards.
I can't travel with my upright bass - can I borrow one?
We have a limited number of upright basses for artists to borrow. Upright bass check-out is done by making a reservation on the day of your showcase in the Instrument Check room. You cannot reserve a bass before the day of your showcase. All basses are first-come, first-served. Basses must be returned immediately after your showcase is complete.
I need to rent an instrument locally. Do you have suggestions?
to see a list of local music shops willing to rent instruments.
Who do I contact to change my stage plot?
Contact our production team at email@example.com
. Not all stage plot changes can be approved based on limitations of backline and systems.
Can I change my showcase time?
No. Due to the complexity of scheduling 180 artists we are not able to change your showcase time or room.
Is there a map of the Official Showcase rooms?
and scroll to the bottom of the page to see a map of the Westin Official Showcase rooms.
I'm not a resident of the US, do I need a visa to play an Official Showcase?
It is possible you may need a visa. Click here
for visa information.
How do I get my song on the Official Showcase Compilation CD?
FAI produces a compilation CD of Official Showcase artists each year, curated by the Executive Director, to provide a dynamic and balanced view of the showcases.
The cost to place a track on the CD is $300-$400 (depending on track duration) due at time of submission. Tracks not selected are immediately reimbursed the full amount. Official Showcase artists are sent a track submission email with details after they are accepted and have confirmed a showcase.
Can I perform in a Private Showcase if I'm selected as an Official Showcase artist?
Yes! In addition to your Official Showcase, artists are encouraged to perform Private Showcases on any of the 4 nights of the conference.
for information on Private Showcases.
Can I perform in a public show in Kansas City if I'm selected as an Official Showcase artist?
Yes, but only on Tuesday and/or Sunday, or during the daytime hours of the conference. There is a Radius Clause
that prohibits public concert participation by Official Showcase artists between the hours of 6pm-3am from Feb 14-17.
Can I sell my CD's or merch?
No, item sales are not allowed. Folk Alliance is a networking conference - bring your latest CD's and share them freely with those you meet.