FARM BOARD ELECTION UPDATE
We are pleased to announce our slate of candidates for the FARM Board for the 2020 election cycle. Board Members serve a 3 year term with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms. The election will run Sept 30th through October 20th. Current members of Folk Alliance International that live within the midwest territory are eligible to vote in the election.
There are currently 3 open slots on the Board so when it’s time, you will vote for up to 3 candidates.
Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is a native Detroiter and a storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. He was named a 2018 Kresge Arts Fellow for Performance and Music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations, for over 30 years. Robert delivered the keynote address at FARM’s 2019 annual gathering.
Throughout my career I have advocated for a greater appreciation of our shared cultural diversity in the representation of American Roots music. On the Board I will work to expand our vision of diversity and promote the relevancy of folk music as an agent for societal change.
Hope Dunbar lives in a small town in Nebraska with her husband and three sons where she’s a wife, mother, community volunteer and touring singer/songwriter. She went to her first FARM conference in 2010. Aside from being an artist, she has produced her own listening room concert series for the past four years in Seward, NE by securing corporate donors to help subsidize production costs. She recorded two full-length albums in 2019, one of which will be released in the fall of 2020. She loves camping, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and exact change.
I really love the FARM community and mission. I have experience in event planning and education and hope to offer enthusiasm and creativity to the discussion as FARM makes it way into the future. Thank you for the nomination.
(incumbent) Candidate Bio
Brianna Lane has served on the FARM board for three years. They serve as Secretary, social media maven, and they sit on the Virtual Connections planning committee. Outside of FARM Brianna is a founder and the Executive Director of The Warming House – a non-profit listening room in Minneapolis, MN. They curate performances for Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District, work closely with Hennepin Theatre Trust, and they are dedicated to finding and creating more paid performance opportunities for musicians. Brianna is also a singer/songwriter, bike rider, sweater knitter, and music instructor.
I’ve enjoyed my time on the board with FARM more than I could have imagined when I was elected three years ago. It is still my mission to improve FARMs social media presence and increase participation from presenters throughout the midwest. I love the FARM community! Thank you.
(incumbent) Candidate Bio
Charlie Mosbrook is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and advocate for American folk music. Beginning his career in 1988 as a street musician, he quickly became a popular open mic host throughout Northeast Ohio. From these early roots he nurtured his songwriting, musicianship, and stagecraft and today performs for major festivals and concert series throughout the US. His recordings of original and traditional songs have earned him rotation on many popular folk radio programs around the world. As a folk music advocate Charlie continues to organize local open mics and serves as the president for Folknet and vice president to FARM.
Having served FARM’s board through the past three years I have been active in many roles including vice president where I have been active supporting our president who was living overseas. Most recently I introduced the virtual connections series and have served on that committee. I love the FARM community.