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?

Click here 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 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?

Click here 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. Click here 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.

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

2018 FAI Conference

DATE: February 14-18, 2018

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