Photo by Jake Jacobson

Volunteer applications will open later in 2019.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer at the conference. You do not need to be in the music industry to volunteer – a good portion of our volunteers are enthusiastic folk fans.

Volunteer Perks

  • Free conference registration
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Hospitality room*

While we do our best to have food available, the amount of meals depends on how much food is donated. We aim to provide each volunteer 2 meals during the conference.

Photo by Monica Mansfield


  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Work a minimum of 16 hours (members) or 22 hours (non-members) at the conference. Please note that there are a limited number of non-member volunteer positions available. Become a member of FAI here.
  • Attend the on-site volunteer orientation
  • Have a valid email address (no sharing of email addresses)
  • Agree to the FAI Volunteer Code of Ethics

Volunteer Structure

As a volunteer, you will be assigned to a specific team (security, production, runner, etc.) each with its own Crew Chief. Crew Chiefs are responsible for scheduling and training a specific volunteer area of the conference and they are also responsible for checking in with their volunteers throughout the conference to ensure that volunteers understand their assignment.

Volunteer teams include:

  • Exhibit Hall
  • Hospitality
  • Information
  • Instrument Check
  • Load-in/Load-out
  • Merch
  • Music Camp
  • Private Showcases
  • Production
  • Registration
  • Runners
  • Security/Doorkeepers
  • Silent Auction
  • Special Projects
  • Volunteer Room