Workshops & Panels

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.

At FARM we think the workshops are a key part of an educational, fun, and worthwhile conference and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas. 

Workshops take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. 

Our workshop coordinator this year is once again, Charlie Mosbrook. 

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.

At FARM we think the workshops are a key part of an educational, fun, and worthwhile conference and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas. 

Workshops take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. 

Our workshop coordinator this year is once again, Charlie Mosbrook. 

Do you have a suggestion for a Workshop you’d like to see us include and/or Present? Please use the submission form below.

Workshop Submission Form

If you would like to propose a workshop for our 2018 conference please complete the form below.

Select one (or both if it could work as either)

Have you ever presented this workshop at FARM?

Scheduling Preference

1 + 6 =

If you’d rather just send an email to conference@farmfolk.org please include the following information:

  1. Workshop subject (title is even better) and description.
  2. A short paragraph describing your experience in presenting this workshop

And answer the following additional questions:

  1. Would your topic work as a panel? or would you consider working with a co-facilitator?
  2. Have you presented this workshop at a previous FARM or other Folk Conference event? and if so, when?
  3. Will you be attending the entire conference? Any scheduling requests?

Feel free to get in touch with us at conference@farmfolk.org if you have any general questions about our workshops & panels.

Here’s a first look at some of our workshops (in no particular order):

Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul

Presenters: Joe Hart, Nikki Grossman & Heather Styka

Social media, booking, PR, blogging… seems like for every 45-minute set, there’s 45 hours behind the scenes managing your act. In this session, the Sapsuckers will share the tips and tricks we’ve used to build our image, create a message, and navigate the craaaazy world of today’s indie music scene–while also keeping true to our roots. We’re no superstars, but we’ve managed to build a decent life for ourselves with some marketing techniques that don’t sell our souls.

 

Beyond the Venue

Presenter: Sally Potter (Ten Pound Fiddle)

Lansing’s Premiere folk venue, the Ten Pound Fiddle is a fine example of going beyond the singular focus of presenting a concert. The Fiddle’s Sally Potter will moderate a discussion exploring community outreach, and other programs beyond your regular concerts, helping to grow awareness about the venue and by extension your audience attendance, all while providing a great service to your local community. Come share your own ideas as well.

Music and the Law

Presenter: Peter Strand

Yep, Peter wrote the book! Or at least the syllabus! Bring every question you have about music and entertainment law to this session. Peter will introduce many basic topics useful to musicians, venues, record companies, or future Grammy winners; offer an idea or two about changes that might be ahead in the industry and answer your questions, like copyrighting, trademarking, etc.

Harmony Through the Back Door

Presenters: Sons of the Never Wrong

Sons of the Never Wrong, well known for their soaring, original harmonies offer this fun  harmony workshop. The Sons start out by sharing a song, breaking it down and teaching the class their tips and tricks. Sons demystify the harmony building process and invite the students to try the ideas on for size. Some principles discussed in-class will be: song-building, breaking tradition, common-notes, and melodic themes. Q & A to follow.

Being Your Own Tour Manager

Presenter: Stephanie Cofell (Ginger Roots Agency) & Kari Estrin (Kari Estrin Artist Management & Consulting)

Learn how to schedule shows for touring, negotiate contracts, work with promoters and develop your touring career. Includes an in-depth look at finding and maintaining contacts in building those important business relationships. General skills and tools needed to succeed include a willingness to learn in growing your business.

Using Humor Between Songs

Presenter: Don White

When the space between songs is as entertaining as the music the audience remains connected to the performance from the first note of the evening until the concert ends. Humor is powerful. When an audience is laughing they are engaged. You will learn how to use the powerful combination of story and humor to keep your audience focused from song to song. Among the comedy tools we will discuss will be confidence, body language, misdirection, set up/pay off, and vocal inflection. The goal is not to turn you into a comedian but to give you a greater understanding of what makes people laugh so you can use it to find a style and level of humor that suits your unique personality.

Check back often. We’ll be announcing more soon!!