First Time Attendees

 Site updates for the 2019 conference in Montréal are underway. Some information may be outdated, check back soon for updates.

The Folk Alliance International conference is unlike most other music industry events you will attend. It is a professional showcase and networking event, but it is also a community gathering, a family reunion of sorts for those who play and present folk music in all its variants (world, roots, old-time, blues, bluegrass, celtic, songwriters, etc).

First-Timer Downloadable Guides

The 5-day event requires preparation, a multi-year approach, and an investment of time and money. We have compiled a brief overview of some tips and ideas to assist you in getting ready for your inaugural FAI adventure.

  Download the first-timer guide (short version)

Paul Barker, of Barker House Concerts, has graciously created and shared his in-depth music conference guide. Don't be intimidated by the length as he offers great insight into how to make the most of your time at Folk Alliance or any music conference.

  Download Paul Barker's Guide

First-Timer Conference Activites

We will be hosting first-timer activities at the 2018 conference (stay tuned for exact dates/times).

Connecting Folk Program

A program to match a first-time attendee with a past attendee to share tips and advice prior to the conference. To learn more about this program and sign up, please click here.

FAI Conference Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is open for all FAI attendees to post questions about the upcoming conference, look for other delegates for ride or hotel sharing, and to stay updated on news and deadlines.

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