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First Workshops Announced!

First Workshops Announced!

We're really excited about the workshops we've got planned this year. A few presenters will be returning by popular demand and we've got a few new faces bringing some fresh perspectives to the line-up. We've got more to announce in the coming weeks but for now you can...

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Now See Hear

Now See Hear

Painting by Jan Krist | Inspired by "A Grateful Life" by David Barrett Folk Alliance Region Midwest, (FARM), is seeking artists to develop and create original, innovative new works of visual art (painting, ceramic, sculpture, or graphic art) inspired by songs written...

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Official Showcase Artists Announced!

Official Showcase Artists Announced!

Please join us in congratulating our2019 FARM Official Showcase Artists ! Rod Abernethy (South Carolina)Asaran Earth Trio (New York/Belgium)T Buckley (Calgary, Alberta)Katie Dahl (Wisconsin)Gaines & Wagoner (Wisconsin)Joel...

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Could you (or someone you know) be a FARM Board Member?

Could you (or someone you know) be a FARM Board Member?

Attention FARM members! Do you, or someone you know, want to be more involved in leading and setting the strategic direction of Folk Alliance Region Midwest? Your FARM Board of Directors is asking YOU to suggest people that might want to run for election to the FARM...

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Call for Award Nominations

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!!

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

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!

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

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

(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

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

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

Presenter Breakfast & Roundtable

Do you run a house concert series, festival or venue? You're invited to join us at our annual Presenters' Breakfast & Roundtable Food and Conversation with fellow presenters, talent buyers and promoters Presenter speed-dating - NEW! Q&A with national touring...

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Special Events at FARM

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?)

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!

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!

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

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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