Connecting Folk

A program to match a first-time attendee with a past attendee to share tips and advice.

First-time attendees are an integral part of the FAI community. In 2017, we had over 1,000 people attending for the first time. Imagine the ripple effect of a thousand people returning home to communities around the world, newly empowered with knowledge and connections.

FAI exists to preserve, present, and promote folk music in all of its forms and welcoming new people is the best way for us to achieve this mission together. Because of this, we are deeply invested in the success of these new members of our community.

In 2018, we aim to do even more to ensure their success including expanding the orientation sessions, programming, and dedicated first-timer networking events. We have also created the Connecting Folk program to connect first-timers with an experienced FAI guide.


Guides are asked to make a 30-minute commitment in advance of the conference for each first-timer connection in the form of a call or meeting. Volunteer for Connecting Folk by filling out this form. Once enrolled, FAI staff will connect you via email. At that point, it will be up to the guide and first-timer to arrange a phone or in-person meeting.


There is a lot of activity at FAI’s conference and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes a simple conversation with someone who has been there can make all the difference in the world. Sign-up here and we’ll connect you with someone who is ready and willing to answer all your questions.

Signup deadline is January 21, 2018. Subject to availability.

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