Lake Street Dive

Folk Alliance allowed us to tour the country before we had toured the country. With such a concentration of bookers, agents, managers and fellow musicians in one place, we were able to establish relationships with folks all over the musical world without jumping in a van.

FAI's 2015 Artist of the Year

Folk Alliance International is an integral (and beloved) part of our story as a band. The support of the FAI community was truly what elevated us from regional touring to the national stage.

Chris Frayer
Artistic Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival

Folk Alliance is the place to be as a festival or venue buyer if you have an audience that yearns for a sense of discovery and the best emerging artists.

Nan Warshaw
Founder, Bloodshot Records

I saw more unique, high quality, music in a few days at Folk Alliance than I ever could have imagined. I now stand corrected and updated on my definition of the word “folk”. FAI was super easy and hassle-free to navigate; a dramatic contrast to most big fests and conferences. I may be late to the Folk Alliance party, but delighted to be a part of it now.

Oh Pep!
Melbourne-based duo

Everything started for us in a hotel room in Kansas City. We owe a lot to Folk Alliance.

Kerry Clarke
Artistic Director, Calgary Folk Music Festival

I’ve discovered key artists at FAI for our international festival and made connections that helped our event evolve and stay relevant.

Jim Cowan
Founder, Jim Cowan Management

The FAI conference is truly a positive and irreplaceable experience for all attendees. The wide spectrum of generations gathered together with the commonality between them of creating grand and long lasting music was amazingly invigorating and inspiring. Long live this extraordinary community!

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