Huge Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!
Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts
Wheatland Music Org
Friends of FARM
Two Way Street Coffee House
Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen
David G. Smith
Midwest Music Foundation
Overview & Map
One of the great benefits of this venue is that everything is located on the same floor. There are three convenient elevators to get from and to your sleeping room if you’re not on the first floor.
The conference area where most everything will take place during the day is called The Atrium. The large ballroom where the main stage events (awards, keynote, DJ showcase and official showcases) take place is called the Grand Centennial Ballroom. It’s on the right side as you walk into the Atrium. This room will double as our Breakfast Buffet dining room.
The “City” Rooms (Petoskey, Mackinac, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Saugatuck and Traverse City) are along the left side as you walk into the Atrium. Most of these rooms are where workshops will be held. Petoskey is the Instrument Check. Saugatuck is available for mentor sessions, or other special use TBD. During dinner on Friday night, the Cheboygan, Harbor and Saugatuck rooms will be converted to the Grand River Ballroom for seating.
The Salon rooms (Performance Lane and jams) and the Private Showcase rooms are located on the other side of the courtyard and pool area. You need to walk through a sleeping room hallway so be considerate during the late hours. We’re hoping to have mostly our people on this hallway. You can get to the Private Showcase rooms via the lobby as well.
Schedule at a Glance
ALL ACCESS NAME BADGES are required for entrance to any of the daytime conference events and are provided to all who have pre-registered. Walk-up registrations will be allowed. If someone would like to attend ONLY the evening showcases, we offer Taste of FARM for just $20 per night or $50 for all three.
ALL PERFORMERS MUST HAVE THE ALL ACCESS CREDENTIALS if you’re performing at any time over the weekend.
We are pleased to be able to offer a complimentary dinner buffet on Friday night to all registered attendees this year. It was something we thought we’d try in order to bring everyone together for at least one meal. As you can imagine, the logistics behind feeding 330+ attendees comes with some crafty planning by our hotel banquet team and we are really grateful to them for working with us to make the dinner go as smoothly as possible. Dinner set up will take place during Performance Lane on Friday so we can hit the buffet as soon as the last performers finish at 5:30p. Dinner will be buffet style served in the Atrium with overflow seating in the Grand River Ballroom (City named breakout/workshop rooms combined). There will be 2 double-sided buffets to help get you through the line more quickly. This is the first time we’ve done this and it’s an experiment so we’ll see how it goes
Breakfast buffet on Friday & Saturday morning is ONLY available to those who purchased in advance and will be served in the Grand Centennial Ballroom. The opportunity to sit and socialize is well worth the extra cost. A limited number will be available to purchase on site for $35.00.
Taste of FARM
No, this has nothing to do with food. This option allows the public to enjoy the evening events and performances for a VERY low ticket price. More info at https://www.farmfolk.org/farm-gathering/taste-of-farm/
Awards & Keynote
Official and DJ Showcases
Half the fun of performance lane is trying to catch a little bit of every act. These rooms are all close enough together so listeners can quickly jump from one room to the next.
If this is your first year as a performer at FARM’s Performance Lane, you can expect folks to come and go during your set. This doesn’t mean they didn’t love what you did. Its just that they’re trying to catch another act who may be performing at the same time across the hall. (This goes for Private Showcases as well.) Many will stay for your whole act and just as many will stay for just one song, moving from room to room.
NOTE: because the hallway is small and there are LOTS of you, we aren’t sure how the traffic flow will be in the hallway. If it proves too cramped, we may move Performance Lane to the workshop rooms on Saturday. Again, we’re in a new venue with a significantly larger attendance, so much will be learned on the fly.
There is a full schedule in the program but as always there may have been some additions or changes. You can view an updated schedule (courtesy of our friend B. Ryan B) at http://farmfolk.org/2018-private-showcase. This is sortable by time, room or performer!
We shouldn’t need to remind you of this but PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE and RESPECTFUL of the performers and those trying to listen to them.
Take conversations to the lobby or the area outside the showcase floor. You’ll see how convenient both of these locations are. Traffic in the hall is going to be nuts. If you are waiting to perform and can’t fit inside the room where you will be performing, stand as close to the wall as you can to keep traffic clear. If you MUST speak to someone, keep your voice to a whisper.
Performers, when you are finished with your set, pack up your stuff and get out of the way for the next performer. Its great that a venue wants to chat with you, but take the conversation out to the lobby or the area outside the showcase floor.
If you are in the audience and wish to talk with a performer, wait until they have finished packing up and take the conversation to the lobby or the area outside the showcase floor.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation!
Open Mics (NEW)!
We have 4 open mic opportunities at the conference this year. Most will be held in the Aryana bar & restaurant. They are all an hour long. Everyone gets 2 songs but no more than 10 minutes (including set up) so keep your songs to 4 minutes or less or just play one long song.
To sign up you’ll drop your name in the bowl or bowls near registration. All names will be drawn at the beginning of the open mic. If you’re not in attendance, another name will be drawn. All are welcome to sign up but we’ll give priority to those with few or no other showcases. When you sign up you’ll be asked to write the number of showcases you have on the ticket. Sorry but we’re asking anyone with a DJ or Official Showcase to sit these out.
Jamming & Song Swaps
JAMMING and SONG CIRCLES are encouraged throughout the conference. The common areas in the lobby and conference rooms, (when not in use and definitely not during the workshops), are all available for impromptu jams and song swaps. Please be courteous and avoid loud jamming in the lobby during the open mics. Quiet song sharing is okay.
ABSOLUTELY NO JAMMING in the sleeping rooms at any time!
While we did ask a few of our luminaries in advance, anyone at the conference who is willing, can be a mentor to another any time throughout the conference. If you know someone who’s brain you want to pick, find them and ask to meet.
Each year we bring some other opportunities to see, hear and participate along with our usual activities of workshops and showcases. This year’s special events include:
THE DROP ZONE (NEW)!
Located in the Ontario Room, all weekend long, the Drop Zone is a room full of boxes labeled with Venues or Radio stations for you to drop your CDs and/or One Sheets. The labels will indicate what materials each presenter or DJ is accepting. i.e. “CDs only” or “Anything you got”.
Please honor these guidelines and only drop what they request.
ALL instruments must be checked out by 10:45pm or it’ll be stuck there over night. The Atrium area will be locked at 11pm. FOR EMERGENCY check out only, you can TEXT Cindy Morgan (517-449-0618), Smitty Smith (517-927-2100) or as a LAST RESORT, Annie Capps (734-330-5226).
The videos are single camera captures of the performances. The cost is $25 per artist.
Delivery is digital.
If you’d like to purchase all three evening events, unedited digital versions will be made available at $50 each. (DVDs will be at an additional cost and by special order)
Signage, Flyers, Posters, etc...
Please limit signage and poster hanging to the Private Showcase floor and the area just outside. The hallway between the Atrium and the Salons/Private Showcase area is off limits. If you do plan to hang a poster YOU MUST USE BLUE PAINTERS TAPE. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS!