First-Timers

The Folk Alliance International conference is unlike most other music industry events you will attend. It is a professional showcase and networking event, but it is also a community gathering, a family reunion of sorts for those who play and present folk music in all its variants (Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word).

First-Timer Downloadable Guides

Paul Barker, of Barker House Concerts, has graciously created and shared his in-depth music conference guide. Don’t be intimidated by the length as he offers great insight into how to make the most of your time at Folk Alliance or any music conference.

  Download Paul Barker’s Guide

First-Timer Conference Activites

We will be hosting first-timer activities at the 2018 conference (stay tuned for exact dates/times).

Connecting Folk Program

A program to match a first-time attendee with a past attendee to share tips and advice prior to the conference. To learn more about this program and sign up, please click here.

FAI Conference Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is open for all FAI attendees to post questions about the upcoming conference, look for other delegates for ride or hotel sharing, and to stay updated on news and deadlines.