2020 Conference

Conference Theme: The Story of People and Place

FAI’s 32nd conference heads to the vibrant port city of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, beignets, Mardi Gras, and much more. A historical center of trade, the city has provided the setting for people to overcome language and cultural barriers by connecting through music and sharing cuisine.

In this setting, we will celebrate places of collaboration and the shaping of new shared identities, art, and forms of expression. Conscious programming will explore the themes of diversity, inclusion, immigration, intersection, and influence. Ultimately each person has a story (especially as folk artists) of who they are, where they are from, and how the places they live in shape them.


Registration for the 2020 conference is now open. The advanced registration rate is available until October 31, 2019. Register now!

Official Showcases

Applications are open until July 15, 2019 for musicians wanting to perform at Folk Alliance International’s 32nd Conference in New Orleans.

FAI’s Official Showcases are 180 jury-selected concerts featuring emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. Each showcase is a 30-minute set on a full production stage with lighting and sound and are auditions for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry reps that attend.

Artists from a diverse array of genres are invited to apply, including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Francophone, Global Roots, Hip Hop, Indigenous, Latin, Jazz, Old Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, and Zydeco, and every imaginable fusion.


This year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans. Hotel reservations are filling up fast! Learn more and book a room here.

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