Official Showcase Application

  Official Showcase applications are now closed.

Calan - photo by Chuck Holley


Membership is not required to submit an application. All selected artists and accompanying musicians are required to be paid registrants of the conference. You do not need to become a member if accepted to perform an Official Showcase.

All non-US artists must be legally able to enter the United States and are responsible for acquiring all necessary travel permits including visas when necessary. Typically, a work visa is not required to perform a non-paid showcase, however a work visa is required if you have any paid performances before or after the conference on the same trip.

IN-ELIGIBLE: Artists who had an Official Showcase in 2015 and a second Official Showcase in 2016 are not eligible to apply in 2017. They may still arrange Private Showcases in 2017 and are welcome to reapply for an Official Showcase for the 2018 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 Official Folk Alliance International Showcases, and to maximize the community and career impact of presenter and industry attendance on-site, artists selected for an Official Showcase, the Kansas City Folk Festival lineup, or as Music Camp instructors are not permitted to perform concerts within a 15-mile radius of the conference hotel between the hours of 6pm - 3am, February 15-18, 2017.

Showcase Application Fee

June 15 - July 31
FAI members $15, non-members $30

Aug 1 - Oct 3
FAI members $20, non-members $40

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. Artist/band headshot photo (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. Optional: connection to Forbidden Folk theme
  8. 2017/18 desired touring territory
  9. Link to highest profile media review received in the last 2 years
  10. Awards & recognition within the last 2 years
  11. Names/roles of all band members
  12. Stage plot (.pdf)
Click here to download the application as a PDF. This is not a fillable form, but you can use it as reference to gather your information prior to filling out the online application. We recommend typing everything into a Word document (using the PDF as reference) then cut/paste those answers into the online application.


Discounted Registration Fee for Showcase Applicants

If you apply for an Official Showcase, you are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate. You will receive this rate regardless of whether you are awarded an Official Showcase or not.

After you complete the Official Showcase application, you will receive an email with a link to purchase at 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

2017 FAI Conference

DATE: February 15-19, 2017

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