About the Conference

The Folk Alliance International Conference, presented by Folk Alliance International, is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Francophone, Global Roots, Hip-Hop, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, and Zydeco).

Folk Alliance International is proud to have representation from over 35 different countries in attendance.

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An International Conference

The annual February conference (now in its 32nd year) draws 2,900 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2019 conference represented 48 countries (based on registrant data, Official Showcase application data, and survey responses), including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Navajo Nation U.S., Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Scotland, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Democratic Republic of Congo, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Wales.

Learn more about our 2020 conference here.

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Future Conferences

2021: February 17-21, Kansas City, MO, USA
2022: February 23-27, Kansas City, MO, USA
2023: TBD, USA
2024: February 21-25, Kansas City, MO, USA

About Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International (FAI) was founded in 1989 to connect folk music leaders aiming to sustain the community and genre. The leading international voice for folk music, FAI is a 30-year-old arts nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

The organization’s expanded global network now includes more than 3,000 members, a worldwide community of cultural sector entrepreneurs and leaders that includes artists, record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, arts administrators, diplomats, and more.

Folk Alliance International’s mission is to serve, strengthen, and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation, and promotion.