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 Friday and Saturday afternoons and Sunday morning.

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

Our 2019 Workshops & Panels:

This is just the first batch of confirmed Workshops and Panels. Much more TBA!

Getting the Most out of FARM (First-timers panel)

Presenters: Lee Herman, Charlie Mosbrook

Friday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Location: Harbor Springs

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.

Placing and Licensing Your Music in TV, Film and Video Games

Presenter: Rod Abernethy

To enlighten and educate attendees on how the music licensing industry works for TV, film and video games and how to approach music publishing companies.

Takeaway: Attendees will hear stories of Rod’s first hand experience in placing his original music scores in today’s music marketplace.

Co-writing Songs With Mr. (or Ms.) Public Domain

Presenter: Joel Mabus

It is an old folk tradition – taking elements from an old song or poem and working it into something new and different. Woody did it, Pete did it, Bobby Dylan did it too. If the old song is truly in the Public Domain (PD) you should have no worries. You might do it whole-cloth and write new words to an old tune, or write a new tune to old words for something semi-original. Or maybe just dip into the old well of Trad, and sprinkle some living water on your own garden of ideas. And have you kept up with the US laws about what is PD or not? How would you know? Lots to consider.

Music Law 101

Presenter: Peter Strand

Yep, Peter wrote the book! Or at least the syllabus! Bring every question you have about music and entertainment law to this session. Peter will introduce many basic topics useful to musicians, venues, record companies, or future Grammy winners; offer an idea or two about changes that might be ahead in the industry and answer your questions, like copyrighting, trademarking, etc.

Standing Together as Independent Musicians

Panelists: Eve Goldberg, Tret Fure, Aaron Fowler

The music industry is changing rapidly and touring folk and acoustic musicians are seeing those changes first hand. What role can the musician’s union and Local 1000 play in helping working musicians succeed in today’s landscape? An open-ended discussion about the issues facing independent working musicians.

Navigating the Music Industry as a Young Artist

Panelists: Gaby Castro and others tba

Guidance for young (under 30) musicians on navigating the music industry. Advice on booking gigs, building a following, networking, etc

Who Are You? Image and Branding

Panelists: Kari Estrin, Annie Capps

What does your promo picture say about you and what makes it get chosen to be printed? How does your album design reflect your musical message and help get it played? Find out how to translate your musical message into all of the above, your website and more. Feel free to bring your own materials to the workshop, including your CDs, as we will play a few random samples that you submit in an exercise in describing the music and how it relates to your graphic design. Leave the workshop with ideas for your next photo shoot, album design and more.

Make Your Greatest Living Yet: How to Eradicate Starving Artist Mindset

Presenter: Emily Ann Peterson

In this workshop, attendees will discover how to bravely move through their Starving Artist Mindset to craft a living made with confidence and generosity. Using Emily Ann’s own bestselling book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, Jeff Goins’ Real Artists Don’t Starve and Emilie Wapnick’s How to Be Everything, attendees will learn:

  • The spectrum of business models for musicians & multipotentialites
  • How to choose your worth & price yourself without cringing
  • How to expand your vision of possibility & spot unique, profitable opportunities
  • How to reframe and lean on ALL your skills, especially your songwriter skills, to create a lucrative & meaningful living

Songwriting in Action - A discussion on connecting your writing practice to community activism.

Presenter: Audra Kubat and others TBA

Music is a powerful community-building tool. This panel will inspire a rich discussion on building connections between community, songwriting, and activism through the lens of music educators. With an emphasis on using cultural sensitivity and activating language, this discussion will work to imbue your songwriting practice with ways to highlight community struggles, inspire mobilization, and develop alliances with others working on social and environmental justice. This panel will arm songwriters with ways to use their talents and visibility to ignite change.

The Significance of Traditional Music in the 21st Century

Presenters: Phil Cooper, Susan Urban, Andy Cohen

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.

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.

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