Conference Overview

After much deliberation and consideration the FARM Board has made the difficult decision to once again postpone our 2021 annual gathering. We are making plans to hold some form of Virtual Conference on (or around) October 28-30, 2021. Details to be announced.

Each year we host a gathering that spans four days, beginning Thursday afternoon and ending on Sunday.  The Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference is an event where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to meet, talk, learn, listen, promote, pay tribute, celebrate, sing, dance and make music. The FARM 2020 Gathering will take place:

Thursday, October 22th thru Sunday, October 25th
at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel & Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Announcing our 2020 Keynote Speaker!

John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

Fees & Registration

This year’s registration fee has gone up a bit but we hope you’ll appreciate that it now includes dinner on Friday night.  Brunch is still being offered for an additional fee.

Hotel Information

Our host hotel this year is the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport, located at 5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49546. Phone:  616-957-1770

Showcasing at FARM

FARM offers many opportunities for artists to showcase to the attendees and public.

Workshops & Panels

We’ve got a terrific line up of workshops & panels lead by industry experts offering tips and techniques to help attendees gain valuable knowledge.

Advertising at FARM

Program ads starting at just $50 are a great way to spread the word about anything you want! We’re also offering website banner ads linking to your website. 

Excellence Awards

Every year FARM recognizes members of the folk community who have demonstrated significant contributions for 25 years or more. 

Taste of FARM

Music fans may attend the evening concerts only with a Taste of FARM ticket, specially priced at just $20 per night (in advance) or $25 at the door. Buy all three nights for just $50.00.

Taste of FARM

We are pleased to offer this option for music fans (as opposed to musicians and others in the music industry) who wish to attend only the evening concerts, and not the full conference (meaning not the workshops, meals, special events, etc.). Taste of FARM tickets are available for walk-up ticket purchase, or can be pre-ordered on line.

The cost for a single night is $20, or you may buy a 3 night pass for $50. Taste of FARM will provide a music fan access to over 100 performances by FARM musicians each night.  If you are a fan of folk and lyric based music, this is a FANtastic value! Admission for Taste of FARM ticket holders begins at 6:30pm.

Click here for more information

Important Conference Dates

Official Showcase Submissions 
– March 15 – 
Super Early Bird Rate Ends – April 30 (extended)
Workshop Submissions Due – June 15
Private Showcase Host Apps Open – June 1

Future FARM Dates

October 22 – 25, 2020

October 21 – 24, 2021
October 20 – 23, 2022
October 19 – 22, 2023

2019 Sponsors!

GOLD Level

Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts

Silver Level

Wheatland Music Org
Nancy Clark

Bronze Level

Two Way Street Coffeehouse
Dennis Warner
Elderly Instruments

Friends of FARM

Last Minute Folk / Deb Kirmer
Local Blend
Wayne Greene
Mark Dvorak
Simeon Peebler
Pump House Concerts
Ginger Roots Agency
Organic Arts
Frank Dvorak
Patty & Craig
Sue Fink
Sons of the Never Wrong
Hiawatha Music Co-op
Curt Joa
Lilli Kuzma
Michael J Miles
Al Kniola
Roots of American Music
Old Town School Volunteer Randy Marsh

Seeking Sponsors

As always we can only continue to bring you an ever more exciting and productive conference with the help of our many generous sponsors. There a few who continue to support us each year but we need more. In addition to our undying gratitude and the good feeling of knowing that you’ve helped us to bring you a better and better conference each year, we offer valuable perks for our sponsors at all levels. No amount is too small and we’ll accept your donations any time. Visit our Sponsorship page for all the details.

Seeking Volunteers!

We’re always seeking volunteers to handle a number of minor and major tasks, especially in the months prior to the conference. If you’re interested in participating on a committee please see our Committee page. We also have an application for volunteering to help at the conference.

Your suggestions are welcome, please get in touch with us..

Visit the Get Involved area of the site for more information.

“We are America’s Heartland, and our conference exudes a certain relaxed, charming, and simple approach to Folk and roots music …This community comes together once a year and it is a treasured time.”

Tim Grimm

Songwriter, Performer, Actor 2014 Key Note Speaker

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