FARM 2018 Conference Overview

Each year we host a conference that spans four days, beginning Thursday afternoon and ending on Sunday.  The Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference is an event where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to meet, talk, learn, listen, promote, pay tribute, celebrate, sing, dance and make music. The FARM 2018 Gathering will take place:

Thursday, October 25th thru Sunday, October 28th
at the Crowne Plaze Airport Hotel & Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Folk Alliance Region Midwest is thrilled to announce our 2018 Keynote Speaker, the incomparable Rev. Robert Jones, Sr.

“Reverend Robert B. Jones is a remarkable performer. His grasp of the blues and gospel is astounding. His guitar playing and his singing are amazing. He works well with an audience to the point where even his sound check is riveting! With his special show where he pays tribute to Leadbelly, Robert seems to “become” the legendary performer and takes his audience back in time with the songs of that master 12-string guitarist. When his wife Bernice joins him on stage, the two of them have an amazing charisma that has to be seen to be believed. Reverend Robert B. Jones is one of those performers at a folk festival that artistic directors would hire year after year, if that was possible. I would highly recommend him for any festival.” – Mike Hill, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia ON


Fees & Registration

This year’s registration fee has gone up a bit but we hope you’ll appreciate that it now includes dinner on Friday night.  Brunch is still being offered for an additional fee.

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Showcasing at FARM

FARM offers many opportunties for artists to showcase to the attendees and public.

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Workshops at FARM

FARM offers a variety of workshops and panels to educate, pontificate and entertain!

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Taste of FARM

We are pleased to offer this option for music fans (as opposed to musicians and others in the music industry) who wish to attend only the evening concerts, and not the full conference (meaning not the workshops, meals, special events, etc.). Taste of FARM tickets are available for walk-up ticket purchase, or can be pre-ordered on line.

The cost for a single night is $20, or you may buy a 3 night pass for $50. Taste of FARM will provide a music fan access to over 100 performances by FARM musicians each night.  If you are a fan of folk and lyric based music, this is a FANtastic value! Admission for Taste of FARM ticket holders begins at 6:30pm.

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Seeking Sponsors

As always we can only continue to bring you an ever more exciting and productive conference with the help of our many generous sponsors. There a few who continue to support us each year but we need more. In addition to our undying gratitude and the good feeling of knowing that you’ve helped us to bring you a better and better conference each year, we offer valuable perks for our sponsors at all levels. No amount is too small and we’ll accept your donations any time. Visit our Sponsorship page for all the details.

Seeking Volunteers!

We’re always seeking volunteers to handle a number of minor and major tasks, especially in the months prior to the conference. If you’re interested in participating on a committee, volunteering to help at the conference or just want to make a suggestion please get in touch with us. Visit the Get Involved area of the site for more information.

“…you guys have created something wonderful … down in Kansas City I walked into a big room full of genuinely friendly, supportive, and PHENOMENALLY talented people, all interested in creating a vibrant community and extending a helping hand to their fellow musicians.”

 – Rev. Judi Hendricks,
FARMette 2017 attendee

We had so much fun and we were just truly blown away by the supportive and friendly FARM community.”

– The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, 2016 Official Showcase Artist

“We are America’s Heartland, and our conference exudes a certain relaxed, charming, and simple approach to Folk and roots music …This community comes together once a year and it is a treasured time. Come back ! OR, join us as a first-timer. Either way, I think you’ll be recharged in ways that will surprise you.”

–  Tim Grimm, Songwriter, Performer, Actor
2014 Key Note Speaker

“FARM made me see and feel that I’m part of a songwriting community. This was such an exciting and a happy realization. I came away with renewed energy and resolve for my own work, and who doesn’t need that?”

– Michael P. Smith, Songwriter, Actor, 2011 Key Note Speaker