Ways to Perform

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Caitlyn Canty - photo by Jayne Toohey

Official Showcases

The pinnacle events of the FAI Conference are the nightly Official Showcases. These artists have been selected by an industry advisory panel via a jury process. Quality of the work, current career activity, future performance plan, and national/international tour-readiness are all factored into the selection. Approximately 200 Official Showcases will take place, although there are no exact quotas.

  more info: Official Showcases

Vance Gilbert - photo by Jayne Toohey

Private Showcases

FAI is one of the few music industry conferences that offers everyone in attendance the opportunity to present independent showcases. Private Showcases take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the Westin Hotel in actual hotel rooms and suites. These late night events run from 10:30pm until the wee hours of the morning.

  more info: Private Showcases

Jam Session - photo by Jake Jacobson

Lobby Jamming

Anyone can play a tune in the lobby - no reservations needed! The Westin's lobby offers plenty of space for impromtu jam sessions, anytime night or day.

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