The Drop Zone

In Memory of Michael Peter Smith

September 7, 1941 – August 3, 2020 There was, and never will be anyone like Michael P. Smith. Beloved by all who knew him, for the gift of his music or his gentle kind soul, he will be deeply missed by this community. We asked Mark Dvorak, long time friend and music...

Now See Hear – Virtual Exhibit

In the community of FARM we have a number of talented singer-songwriters, and musicians, who are also wonderful visual artists. A number of them shared their work with us at last years’ successful "NOW, SEE, HEAR" exhibit, in Grand Rapids, during the 2019 FARM...

Open Call for Nominations!

Every year at our annual conference we elect (or re-elect) members of our community to serve on the FARM Board of Directors. The number of open slots, depends on the term limits of existing Board Members. This year, we have 3 openings on the board. Our fearless...

FARM Virtual Connections

FARM is proud to introduce a new initiative developed in response to the pandemic and our ensuing necessary decision to post-pone our last year in Grand Rapids, MI to 2021. What started as a need to connect with members of our community via Peer group meetings for...

FARM 2020 POSTPONED

After much deliberation and consideration the FARM Board has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 annual gathering until October 27 – 31, 2021 (Note that this is one week later than our currently scheduled 2021 conference.) We’re grateful that our host...

FARM ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS

At FARM we're always looking for ways to continue to serve our Midwest (and beyond) folk community. This time of social distancing has sparked a new era of virtual connectivity. Online classes, concerts, social gatherings, celebrations and basically anything we used...

Getting good sound on Zoom

A sound overview by Annie Capps. DISCLAIMER: I'm not an expert. Just sharing what worked for us and seems to be working for others. Results may vary and I welcome anyone offering their own experiences and insight.

Official Showcase Submissions are Open!

It's time! Send us your best live video performances for a chance to perform in our 2020 Official Showcases. Each year, we present 14 artists who showcase on our main stage on Friday and Saturday evenings. Artists submissions are reviewed by a jury of peers, venues,...

New Folk Alliance Resource Page

In the midst of this tenuous and unnerving COVID-19 panemic, our parent organization, Folk Alliance International, has created an excellent resource page. We took the liberty of pasting their words below along with a link to the full page with resources. "As the world...

A Very Sad Farewell

Doug Adams December 5, 1952 – March 10, 2020 written by Stephanie Cofell That dash. That dash is a lifetime. What did Doug do with his dash? He created pure joy. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio...Husband, father, Senior Minister, Reverend, and folk singer who was greatly...

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