News & Updates

Call for Award Nominations

It's time to start thinking about nominating your candidate (or candidates) for the Lifetime Achievement Award, given each year at FARM to a note-worthy recipient who has made a significant contribution to the folk music community in the Midwest. Please consider the...

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Official Showcase Submissions are open!!

Split between Friday and Saturday evenings, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists.  There is only one Official Showcase happening at a time, and there are no other conference events during the Official Showcase time.  In other words, all eyes will be on YOU when...

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Your 2019 FARM Registrar

We are happy to announce that singer/songwriter/raconteur and long-time FARM community member, Sue Fink has kindly agreed to take on this important role for 2019. She is no stranger to the job (and yet still she said "Yes!" when we asked!). Having served as Registrar...

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Wisdom of the Daves

We were honored this year to have 4 pillars of the music industry present at FARM and they all happened to be named "Dave". This conversation hosted by Matt Watroba with the 4 Daves was a highlight of the conference. You can relive it or...

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We are so full of gratitude!

(thanks to Joe Rollin Porter for letting us use his song "Bye Bye Baby Blues" and so much thanks to Charlie Steen for this video) From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at FARM want to thank all of you for helping us exceed all of our expectations for a magnificent...

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Champ

Smitty gave me permission to share this Facebook post. "My best friend, my constant happy companion, my wing man Champ Smith died earlier today. After almost 12 years spreading happiness to so many people, his end was unexpected, sudden, and quick. I think his big...

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about FARM 2018

Here you will find answers to most of your questions plus some really important info that every attendee should read. Yes, some of this is listed in the program but we’ve added even more info here and this will be updated periodically as more important info becomes available. Thanks for taking the time to read through it all. You’ll be glad you did.

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Spotlight on the AV Crew

Maurice Smeets - Sound Tech  We can’t remember a FARM conference where Maurice was not at the sound board. His partners in crime have varied over the years but most recently he’s been assisted by the lovely Karen Jensen who will be joining him again this year along...

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Taste of FARM

We are pleased to offer fans of folk and roots music the option of attending the evening concerts and mingling with the industry professionals who are attending the full conference. These evening events are open to the public with ticket purchase in advance (until Oct...

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Presenter Breakfast & Roundtable

Do you run a house concert series, festival or venue? You're invited to join us at our first (hopefully annual) Presenters' Breakfast & Roundtable Food and Conversation with venue / festival bookers and other music presenters We’ll go in depth into the issues that...

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Special Events at FARM

So we've told you about the Official Showcases, Workshops & Panels, our brilliant Keynote Speaker, this year's Award Recipients, the DJ Showcase, Private Showcases, Performance Lane, Open Mics and let's see... what else? Oh yea. Visit this page...

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Hotel Sold Out (or is it?)

If you made a reservation that you're not going to use, please contact us at conference@farmfolk.org as soon as possible before you cancel the reservation. If you try to make a reservation and they tell you we're sold out, you have the following options:...

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Performance Lane Schedule Revealed!

This year's Performance Lane schedule is now posted!  If you were one of the early-birds who snagged a slot, you were notified by email last night. FARM's Performance Lane offers a limited number of pre-scheduled 10 minute performances that take place in 3 conference...

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FARM DJ Showcase Artists Revealed!

This Showcase provides invited Folk Radio DJs the opportunity to select an artist they would like to introduce to the FARM community. The event takes place on Thursday night of the conference. This year it will be October 25th at 7:30pm. Congratulations to the...

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Open Mic Opportunities at FARM

It is always the goal at FARM to make sure everyone who wants to perform has at least one opportunity to do so. We're planning for several Open Mics throughout the conference. Folks who have 2 or fewer Private Showcases at the conference (and no Performance Lane, DJ...

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Green Initiatives at FARM

Conference events like ours produce a ton of waste. No question about it and this is an area about which your conference organizers are passionate. It is our deepest desire to step up our efforts in reducing this waste with some very simple, mindful changes. We will...

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2018 Official Showcase Artists Revealed!

As promised, we are please and proud to announce our 2018 Official Showcase Line-up! But first, let me thank our Official Showcase coordinator, Lee Herman for all his hard work along with the diverse group of industry professionals who took the time to listen to 131...

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Private Showcase Hosts Revealed!

At long last the Private Showcase hosts are posted to the website. For those who are new to this process, we tried to be very clear about how to solicit the hosts for a showcase on the Private Showcase page. We will have 16 Private Showcase Rooms this year. We made...

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2018 FARM Board Elections

The FARM Board of Directors, acting as the nominations committee, announces their preliminary slate of candidates for the 2018 election for the FARM Board of Directors and Bylaws Referendum. They are Stephanie Cofell, Craig Siemsen and Randy Styka. You can read more...

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