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FARM Virtual Gathering Registration Open

FARM Virtual Gathering Registration Open

Super happy to announce that Registration is open and Official Showcase Submissions are now being accepted for FARM's Virtual Gathering taking place Oct 27-29. Watch for more updates via newsletters, Social media posts and special Zoom/live-streamed events with your...

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2022 Official Showcase Artists

2022 Official Showcase Artists

we are proud to share with you our confirmed slate of Official Showcase Artists (and alternates) for our 2022 FARM Gathering. We had nearly 170 submissions from really talented bands and artists. Our judges weigh many factors when scoring, in order to help us create a...

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Showcase Deadline Approaching

Showcase Deadline Approaching

Just a week away from the deadline to submit your application for an Official Showcase Submissions at our 2022 Gathering. One of the main events at our annual conference, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists, split between Friday and Saturday evenings. The...

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FARM Announces 2022 Keynote Speaker

FARM Announces 2022 Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that GRAMMY Award Winner, two-time EMMY Nominee and 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow Dom Flemons will be delivering this year's Keynote Address at our conference on Saturday, October 22! Flemons, also known as The American Songster®, is a...

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FARM Welcomes Ellen Stanley

FARM Welcomes Ellen Stanley

All of us at FARM would like to welcome Ellen Stanley to our team. Ellen will assist Annie Capps in presenting our conference this coming October in Lisle-Naperville, Illinois. Following our Gathering, Ellen will assume the role of Conference Director. Minneapolis...

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Official Showcase Submissions Open

Official Showcase Submissions Open

Today is the day we open the door to Official Showcase Submissions for our 2022 Gathering. One of the main events at our annual conference, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists, split between Friday and Saturday evenings. The submission process is simple and...

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Register for The Gathering 2022

Register for The Gathering 2022

It's time to let us know you're coming to FARM!! Registration is open and our early-bird rates won't last long. You'll notice some slight increases but mostly we're staying as affordable as ever. Visit our General Info page for links and info as they become available.

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Job Posting for Future Conference Director

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is seeking our future Conference Director! Do you have what it takes to be the next FARM Conference Director? We want to get to know you! FARM is seeking a new Conference DIrector for our in-person event in October of 2023 and...

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A Great Big Thank You!

A Great Big Thank You!

Warning!! Extreme levels of gratitude within (and a lot of words) This is a personal message from me, Conference Director, Annie Capps, and therefore has more “I”s and "me"s than I’m usually comfortable with but I wanted to be clear these words are coming from me and...

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The Gathering 2021 App Launched

The Gathering 2021 App Launched

Hopefully, by now you've seen the news that our conference event is live on the Whova app and if you're registered you can log in, start engaging, update your profile and watch the agenda bloom before your eyes! This app is going to be the best way to stay up to date...

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Seeking Volunteers

Seeking Volunteers

All hands on deck! Got time on your hands? Calling all those who have a hand or two to lend. There are some perks (Attend our Virtual Connections Gathering for free to name one, and some other nifty swag). Complete this form...

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Raffle Prizes Announced

Raffle Prizes Announced

We're super excited to announce the first batch of raffle prizes! "What raffle prizes?", you may be asking. Well, everyone who donates any amount toward our BIG FUNDRAISER is entered into a monthly drawing for a chance to win valuable gifts. Like this sweet Farida...

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John McCutcheon Concert

John McCutcheon Concert

Watch the fabulous John McCutcheon in Concert! We're partnering with the wonderful concert streaming platform, Mandolin (designed, developed and delivered right here in the Midwest) and the one and only John McCutcheon (who not only delivered our Keynote for last...

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Let the FUNdraiser Begin!

Let the FUNdraiser Begin!

You've told us time and time again how much you value all the great work FARM has been doing to keep us educated, connected, and engaged this past 14 months. We are so often asked, "How can we help?" Well, FARM is officially launching a fundraising campaign with an...

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FARM Gathering 2021 Cancelled

FARM Gathering 2021 Cancelled

The FARM Board of Directors convened early this week to discuss our conference plans for the Fall of 2021. We regret to announce that we have made the decision to postpone our conference until 2022, when we will gather in Lisle, Illinois. Our current plan is to return...

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A word (or more) from the President

A word (or more) from the President

Following a week of Folk Unlocked, I am feeling rejuvenated. I tip my bowler to Aengus Finnan and the entire Folk Alliance International staff and volunteers for producing an amazing event unlike anything I have ever seen. The reimagined conference accomplished most...

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Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference

Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference

FARM is proud to present The Accidentals in the Folk Alliance International's Folk Unlocked "Best of the regions" showcase. There are many talented artists that would fit this description. We chose this exceptional trio not only for their musical gifts but for their...

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Tuesday Tech Talk – Let’s Talk Social Media

Tuesday Tech Talk – Let’s Talk Social Media

Let's Talk Social Media Speaker: YOU? Date: February 2, 2021 "Let's Talk ... " is a new monthly event offered as part of our weekly Tuesday Tech Talk webinars. The first Tuesday of each month will feature a specific topic where we'll invite attendees to share their...

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Home for Thanksgiving

Home for Thanksgiving

A special concert with John McCutcheon presented in partnership with FARM and the Fine Arts Series at St John’s University

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Message from FARM Board President, Charlie Mosbrook

Message from FARM Board President, Charlie Mosbrook

It was my birthday, February 11. Dave Humphreys dropped me off at the Downers Grove Metra station to make my way back to union station and then home to Cleveland. We had spent the past 3 days planning the next conference in Grand Rapids and exploring potential future...

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