Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I perform at the conference?

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

Can I get a discount to attend?

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

  • The Early Bird rate (available June 1 - Aug 31, 2016) is the most discounted rate at $250.
  • Volunteering entitles you to a free registration (must meet the minimum hours required).
  • You may qualify for a scholarship.
  • 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.

Does the conference fee include lodging?

No, you must purchase your hotel room separately.

Are meals included at the conference?

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.

What should I bring?

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!)

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.

I'm not a musician or in the music industry...can I still attend the conference?

Yes, of course!



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

2017 FAI Conference

DATE: February 15-19, 2017

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