COVID-19 and the FAI Community

The resources listed on this page are being updated regularly. Last update: 4/3/2020

As the world reacts and responds to the COVID-19 virus, we’d like to share some important updates with our community. Community health and safety is our highest priority, and with many communities issuing alerts, restrictions, and emergency declarations, it became clear to us and several regional affiliates that we could not proceed with upcoming scheduled events this spring.

Please note that the Nordic Folk Alliance conference (originally scheduled for March 31-April 2 in Gothenburg, Sweden) has been postponed to the fall, with a date to be determined. Please also note that the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) conference, originally planned for May 13-17, 2020 in Chattanooga, has been postponed until 2021, and the annual Regional Leaders Retreat in April will be held online by video conference rather than in person.

We have also suspended all work-related travel and as part of a proactive “social distancing” measure, FAI staff will be working remotely from home for the foreseeable future, maintaining standard office hours (9am-5pm CT) and available via our work email and phone numbers.

We realize that the cancelation of public gatherings and events globally has a significant impact on our community of freelance entrepreneurs. Despite that, we strongly encourage all music community/industry members to consider protective health measures that mitigate the spread of the virus, including the postponement of upcoming spring events, working from home, and the adoption of social distancing techniques until further notice by municipal/federal officials in your respective area.

Resources

Below are a few resources we’ve gathered to help our community navigate this public health crisis.

Health & Safety

Emergency Funding (for artists and event producers)

General Resources