Workshops & Panels

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.

At FARM we think the workshops are a key part of an educational, fun, and worthwhile conference and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas.

Workshops take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

2022 Workshop Submissions are closed

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.

At FARM we think the workshops are a key part of an educational, fun, and worthwhile conference and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas. 

Workshops take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. 

Our workshop coordinator this year is once again, Charlie Mosbrook. 

Do you have a suggestion for a Workshop you’d like to see us include and/or Present? Please use the submission form below.

Our 2022 Workshops & Panels:

Thursday Afternoon : 3:00pm – 4:15pm

How to Get the Most Out of Farm for First-Timers and Any-Timers

Presenters: Lee Herman, Charlie Mosbrook

Friday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Aspen

Do you have questions about what to expect at FARM and what you will get out of the conference? Join other first-timer and experienced attendees to FARM for tips and tricks to get the most out of your conference experience from our panel of FARM and Folk Alliance veterans. We’ll talk about how to connect with people, what you can expect to take away from the conference, taking care of yourself, specific tips for during and after the conference and your questions in the session. Lee Herman is a house concert presenter with the Windy City House Concerts. Lee served as the FARM showcase coordinator for several years. Charlie Mosbrook is the Vice President of FARM, a performer and a concert presenter..

Negotiating Fair Performance Deals: a Q & A session for artists, presenters and agents

Presenters: Mike Green, Tret Fure, Randy Styka

Friday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Redwood

This session, featuring a self-managed artist, a booking agent, and a presenter, will answer whatever questions you have about negotiating performance deals. Rather than the usual long presentation, we’ll go straight into answering your questions. So please formulate your questions ahead of time and we’ll impart as much information as we can.

Friday Morning : 10:30am – 11:45am

Website 101 for touring artists

Presenters: Louise Baker, Brian Buchanan (House of Hamill), Kelcy Wilburn (Ever More Nest)

Friday: 10:30am – 11:45am
Location: Aspen

Is your website ready for fans and talent buyers or neither? How to best position your website content and promotional assets to attract and keep fans and make it simple for talent buyers to book your show. We will discuss the arrangement and importance of the items on your site and delve into some of the easy web builder sites available for DIY.

I'm So Glad: The Roots of Black Gospel Music in the Midwest

Panelists: Nancy Meis, Isaac Cates, Paul Wenske, Robert Marovich

Friday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Pine

We propose a panel discussion of Black Gospel music and its origins in the Midwest. The panel would focus mainly on Kansas City and Chicago and present information about the people and places that brought Gospel music to fruition in the region. Film clips will be played from a film that is currently being produced, called “I’m So Glad: The Roots of Black Gospel Music in the Midwest”. The film highlights the pre-Civil War period up through today and shows how the Spirituals were the roots from which grew various types of Gospel music, as well as jazz, blues, and other genres of music. The panel would discuss concepts revealed in the film as well as new information about the Gospel greats of the past and the present.

Turn Your Talent Into Income

Presenters: Craig Siemsen, Chris Vallillo, Sue Fink, Ben Wright

Friday: 10:30am – 11:45am
Location: Redwood

Explore four unique approaches to creating themed shows, educational programs, and other ideas that can provide alternative income using your talents as an experienced musical artist. Want to earn more money with music? Join these 4 seasoned performers as they share their proven methods of generating alternative income through music.

Friday Afternoon: 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Wellness for Creatives

Presenters: Dr Cindy Morgan

Friday: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Aspen

 

Music Teacher Toolbox

Presenter: Janet Feld, Charlie Mosbrook …

Friday: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Redwood

Rock Your Student’s Experiences While Practicing Fab Self-Care

What does it mean to create an emotionally safe space for people of all ages to learn how to play music? Our panel will share tried and true lesson plans and group management info that you’ll be able to apply immediately in your own teaching practice.  Whether you teach in classrooms, private lessons, and no matter the age of your students, there will be something here for you.  In addition, we’ll share some of the ways we keep our batteries charged to be best able to take care of our students.

Harmony Through the Back Door

Presenters: Sue Demel, Deb Lader and Bruce Roper (aka Sons of the Never Wrong)

Friday: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Cypress

Chicago trio Sons of the Never Wrong, well known for their soaring, original harmonies, offer this 1-2 hour harmony workshop. They start out by sharing a song, breaking it down, and teaching the class their tips & tricks. Sons demystify the harmony building process and invite students to try the ideas on for size. Some principles discussed in class will be song- building, breaking tradition, common-notes, and melodic themes. Q & A to follow.

Saturday Morning : 10:30am – 11:45am

The Power is the Process

Panelists: Telisha and Doug Williams (aka Wild Ponies)

Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Aspen

Through a combination of music and presentation, Telisha and Doug Williams of Wild Ponies, demonstrate that healing through songwriting is not only possible but also beautiful.  The power is in the process.  Songwriting and other forms of creativity allow access to strength and resilience that are not always available in traditional therapeutic approaches.  The freedom to create provides insight to connections between trauma and the emotional response.  Experience the deeply connected and transformative power of music and song.

The Art of a Great Sound Check

Presenters: Maggie Heeren and Claire Horn

Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Pine

Hearing yourself well on stage is essential to giving your best performance. But how do you make sure the person running sound knows what you want to hear? The relationship between artist and sound engineer needs to be one of trust and mutual respect. Understanding some of the tools used to run a live show and some of the aspects of what the engineer is doing during sound check can help you get the most out of your sound check time, and hopefully set you up to have a great performance. In this workshop, we will discuss microphones, DI boxes, EQ, compression, effects, and what works best for your instrument as a means to arm you with the tools to communicate effectively with your sound person and improve your sound check.

Saturday Afternoon: 1:00pm – 2:15pm

The Significance of Traditional Music in the 21st Century

Presenters: Phil Cooper, Susan Urban, Andy Cohen, Ashley & Simpson

Friday: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Aspen

Why should anyone be interested in singing songs and playing tunes that are hundreds of years old? One answer is that human beings are still human. Many of the old ballads deal with issues that are still in the news headlines every day, but from a perspective that reminds us that they did not just appear in the last 20 years. As for the tunes, they were developed in times when there was little in the way of entertainment, and musicians had time to get really good a playing some very intricate melodies. And of course, new tunes sprang forth from the old ones, a process that continues to this day.” Phil Cooper and Susan Urban perform traditional music as February Sky. Andy Cohen hosts and moderates the trad. room at FAI. He is serves on the FARM trad. committee and is widely considered an expert on traditional music.

10 Steps To Making Money in Film and TV with Your Music

Presenters: Jose Ponce

Saturday: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Redwood

Streaming your music pays zip. CDs are done. Vinyl’s comeback is overrated. Live music and touring is expensive and exhausting and all of these things get your music to almost no one. The best way to get your songs heard by a mass audience and to get paid for it is by leasing your music to film, TV, gaming, live theater, live events and superstar artists. But what is everyone looking for? What they want is music that is copyrighted, well produced and easy to clear. This workshop will show you exactly what music supervisors, producers, show runners and artists want and how to clear those hurdles that will put you ahead of everybody else trying to lease or sell their music. Learn about the importance of copyright, PROs, publishing rights, contracts and how to avoid the pitfalls and scam artists that line the path to successful music placement.

Crowdfunding: Patreon, Kickstarter, GoFundMe and more

Panelists: Katie Dahl, Deirdre McCalla

Saturday: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Location: Cypress

What are the ways that we can make our careers sustainable in the era of pandemics and streaming? Part of the answer may lie in crowdfunding sites like Patreon and Kickstarter. We’ll explore ways to engage and maintain fans via crowdfunding–both in terms of long-term subscription services and short-term, goal-oriented campaigns.

Sunday Morning: 11:00am – 12:15am

Intro to the Sea Shanty and Singalong

Presenter: David HB Drake

Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Aspen

An introduction to the historic work songs of saltwater sailors on tall ships with PowerPoint singalongs. Learn what songs were used with tasks aboard ships and what is and is not a true “shanty” (hint: “The Wellerman” as seen TicTok on isn’t!) David HB Drake has served as ship’s musician aboard the HMS Bounty, Clearwater, and the Wisconsin flagship Denis Sullivan. He is the co-founder of the new Maritime Music Directory International resource for all things relating to sea music. (https://www.seashanties4all.com/ )

The Care and Feeding of Session Musicians

Presenter: Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, Maggie Heeren

Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Pine

Session musicians, Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines, have added multi-instrumental and vocal tracks to dozens of recordings by top folk and pop artists such as Carrie Newcomer, Tret Fure, Peter Mulvey, Josh Harty, Blake Thomas, Freedy Johnston, Willy Porter and strings on Smashing Pumpkin’s 1991 Platinum-selling release, “Gish”.

Workshop or panel topics will include:
— Recording at a Studio vs Uploading and Downloading Tracks Remotely
— Finding the Right Session Musicians for the Song
— Song Charts and Production Notes / What info do session musicians need?
— Hiring and Payment / What’s Expected?
— Album Credits

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