Official Showcase Application

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - photo by Scott Rohr



Membership is not required to submit an application. All selected artists and accompanying musicians are required to be paid registrants of the conference.

All non-Canadian artists must be legally able to enter Canada and are responsible for acquiring all necessary travel permits including visas when necessary.

INELIGIBLE: Artists who had an Official Showcase in 2017 and a second Official Showcase in 2018 are not eligible to apply in 2019. They may still arrange Private Showcases in 2019 and are welcome to reapply for an Official Showcase for the 2020 conference. This policy ensures turnover and access to Official Showcases for our wide community of established and emerging artists.

Radius Clause

In order not to compete with Folk Alliance International Official Showcases, and to maximize the community and career impact of presenter and industry attendance on-site, artists selected for an Official Showcase or as Music Camp instructors are not permitted to perform concerts within a 20 kilometer radius of the conference hotel between the hours of 4pm - 3am, February 13-16, 2019.

Official Showcase Application Fee

May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
FAI members $15, non-members $30

June 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
FAI members $20, non-members $40

August 1, 2018 - August 15, 2018 (due by 5pm CST on Aug 15)
FAI members $25, non-members $50

  Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable.

What You'll Need to Complete the Application

  1. Credit card for application fee
  2. Contact information for the artist and all representation
  3. 50-word bio (3rd-person)
  4. Two different artist/band headshot photos (300dpi, color)
  5. Link to 1-2 audio files (note: the jury cannot review downloads, Dropbox or Google Drive files)
  6. Link to 1 video of a live performance of the proposed showcase format
  7. 2019/20 desired touring territory
  8. Link to highest profile media review received in the last 2 years
  9. Awards & recognition within the last 2 years
  10. Names/roles of all band members
  11. Stage plot (.pdf)


If accepted for a showcase, artists are required to post that they are an Official Showcase artist on social media using the FAI provided badge. This action is part of the artist's contract.

Official Showcases are "festival style" performances. Meaning that there are no sound checks and the lighting is set. The performances are 30 minutes long with a 15 minute change over. All performances take place in hotel ballrooms. There is no guaranteed use of in-ear-monitors.

No Public Access - Official Showcase performances are not open to the public. There are no public tickets or guest passes available. All attendees of the Official Showcases must be registered delegates of the conference.

Discounted Registration Fee for Official Showcase Applicants

Applicants are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate regardless of Official Showcase award status.

After you complete the Official Showcase application, you will receive an email with a discount code to use when registering to receive the discounted applicant rate.

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