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

We’ve created a guide to help first-timers navigate the conference with helpful tips and tricks.

Paul Barker, of Barker House Concerts, has also 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 FAI or any music conference.

Download Guides

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.

Insider’s Guide to the Conference Webinars

Whether you are a first timer or have been coming for years, join us as FAI’s Executive Director provides tips on PREPARATION for the conference, PRACTICAL knowledge when arriving for the conference, PROGRAMMING throughout the conference, and advice on POST conference relationships.

Our 2020 webinar will be on December 6, 2019, at 11:30am CST. 

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These past webinars are available to view for free by anyone.

2019 Webinar
2018 Webinar

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.