Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question you’d like answered, please email fai@folk.org or call 816-221-3655. If you’re a first-time conference attendee, please visit our First-Timers page for more resources.

Private Showcases

If I'm performing in a Private Showcase, do I have to pay to attend the conference?

Yes, anyone wishing to play a Private Showcase (and their support team) must pay to attend the conference.

I can't travel with my upright bass - can I borrow one?

We have a limited number of upright basses for artists to borrow. Upright bass check-out is done by making a reservation on the day of your showcase (Official or Private) in the Instrument Check room. You cannot reserve a bass before the day of your showcase. All basses are first-come, first-served. Basses must be returned immediately after your showcase is complete.

I need to rent an instrument locally. Do you have suggestions?

Click here to see a list of local music shops willing to rent instruments.

Can I perform in a Private Showcase if I'm selected as an Official Showcase artist?

Yes! In addition to your Official Showcase, artists are encouraged to perform Private Showcases on any of the four nights of the conference.

Official Showcases

If I get an Official Showcase, do I have to pay to attend the conference?

Yes, all Official Showcase artists and their support team must pay to attend the conference. Applicants are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate regardless of Official Showcase award status. View the Official Showcase Applicant price matrix here.

If I don't get an Official Showcase, will you refund my application fee?

No, Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable.

If our band is accepted to perform, do we have to register the entire band at the same time by November 29th in order to receive $200/person rate?

Yes, your entire band must register at the same time to receive the discounted $200/person rate.

If we register three members of our band at $200/person early bird rate, is it possible to add a fourth member to our group at $200 later?

To receive the $200/person rate, three or more people must be registered at the same time. A single registration done later is added at the individual rate at the time of registration. Refunds can be processed until 12/31/18 (minus a $50 fee).

How long is an Official Showcase?

Each Official Showcase is 30 minutes in length on a stage with full production. There is a 15-minute changeover between each artist.

Will I be able to sound check?

Due to the large number of artists performing in such a compact time frame, we are unable to offer sound checks.

What is provided for backline?

Backline includes guitar and bass amps, a limited number of upright basses (check-out only) (checking to see if this is correct), drum kits* (just bring sticks/brushes), and keyboards*. Please make sure your application clearly states what you need for your showcase.

* Not all stages have drum kits and keyboards.

I can't travel with my upright bass - can I borrow one?

We have a limited number of upright basses for artists to borrow. Upright bass check-out is done by making a reservation on the day of your showcase in the Instrument Check room. You cannot reserve a bass before the day of your showcase. All basses are first-come, first-served. Basses must be returned immediately after your showcase is complete.

I need to rent an instrument locally. Do you have suggestions?

Click here to see a list of local music shops willing to rent instruments.

Who do I contact to change my stage plot?

Contact our production team at production@folk.org. Not all stage plot changes can be approved based on limitations of backline and systems.

Can I change my showcase time?

No. We are not able to change your showcase time or room due to the complexity of scheduling 180 artists.

I'm not a resident of Canada, do I need a visa to play an Official Showcase?

It is possible you may need a visa. Click here for visa information.

How do I get my song on the Official Showcase Compilation CD?

FAI produces a compilation CD of Official Showcase artists each year, curated by the Executive Director, to provide a dynamic and balanced view of the showcases. The cost to place a track on the CD is $300-$400 (depending on track duration) due at time of submission. Tracks not selected are immediately reimbursed the full amount. Official Showcase artists are sent a track submission email with details after they are accepted and have confirmed a showcase.

Can I perform in a Private Showcase if I'm selected as an Official Showcase artist?

Yes! In addition to your Official Showcase, artists are encouraged to perform Private Showcases on any of the 4 nights of the conference. Click here for information on Private Showcases.

Can I perform in a public show in Montréal if I'm selected as an Official Showcase artist?

Yes, but only on Tuesday and/or Sunday, or during the daytime hours of the conference. There is a Radius Clause that prohibits public concert participation by Official Showcase artists between the hours of 4pm-3am from February 13-16, 2019.

Can I sell my CDs or merch?

No, item sales are not allowed. Folk Alliance is a business networking conference – bring your latest CDs and share them freely with those you meet.