General Conference Info

NOTE: Much of the information below is related to our 2019 Conference. We’ve left it here so you can see what we’re all about. Information about our 2022 conference will be updated periodically over the next couple of months and indicated as such in the title.

Click the boxes below for more info. It’s a work in progress so feel free to reach out to if you have questions that are not answered here.


IMPORTANT! If you were registered for our 2020 Conference and requested to Defer your registration you should have received an email from us with instructions and a special Discount Code. If you did not receive this or need a replacement please email and we will resend.

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2022 Hotel Information

Our host hotel for 2022 & 2023 is DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville 

Address: 3003 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 505-0900

Ou rate is: $99


If you have trouble with the registration form please contact the hotel and reference Group Code: CFM

The discounted rate will apply for reservations from 10-18 through 10-24

You must reserve your room by September 29

2022 Meals

Friday night dinner is included with your registration*. We are working with the hotel to provide the safest no-contact services and dining experience based on the strictest COVID guidelines in place at conference time. Saturday dinner and breakfast buffet for Friday, Saturday & Sunday are available a la carte.

The opportunity to sit and socialize is well worth the extra cost. A limited number will be available to purchase on-site.

If you did not include meals with your registration you may purchase them here:

* Some exceptions associated with discount codes


PERFORMANCE LANE locations and times are yet to be determined. These are 10-minute unplugged performances assigned in order of sign-up.

A link to the sign-up is included in your Registration email confirmation. 


Yes! We do need volunteers! In fact, we couldn’t do it without you. More information can be found here:

If you are ready to apply to be a volunteer. Please complete this form:

Email with any questions.


We are currently accepting Workshop / Panel submissions. You can use this same form to propose a workshop you would like to present or simply suggest a workshop you would like see us present.

More information will be available here:



Official Showcase Submissions will open on March 15.  More information can be found here:


To see 2019 Conference Schedule click here!


ALL ACCESS NAME BADGES are required for entrance to any of the 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 only $20 per night. ALL PERFORMERS MUST HAVE THE ALL ACCESS CREDENTIALS if you’re performing at any time over the weekend.


REGISTRATION / INFORMATION desk opens at noon on Thursday and 9:00 am on Friday & Saturday. It is located just inside the Atrium. There will be a volunteer available at or near the registration desk to answer questions.


Did you forget to purchase something at the time you registered? Looking for where to buy a T-Shirt? Need to order a Showcase Video? Most everything you need to pay for can be found in the FARM Store.


DISPLAY TABLES are provided without charge, in the Atrium and other conference areas. Feel free to set out your press kits, cards, flyers, stickers or whatever merchandise you’d like to share for FREE. Please be economical with the space and leave some for the rest of the attendees.


MENTOR SESSIONS Mentors are experienced individuals who are volunteering to meet with you and let you pick their brains for 15 minutes or so. This year the schedules will be set by the individual mentors. Sign-up sheets will be on a table near the registration desk.


PRIVATE SHOWCASES are held on a single hallway of rooms 101 -129 from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am each night. There will be plenty of signage to help you find your way. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS and take conversation to the lobby or the area outside the showcase floor. This year the private showcase schedule has it’s own separate program sorted by Room, Artist and Time slot for your convenience.


We have several open mic opportunities at the conference. Drop your name in the bowl or bowls near registration for a chance to perform. All names will be drawn at the beginning of the open mic. If you’re not in attendance, another name will be drawn. Official & DJ showcase artists are excluded from performing in the open mics.

More info here 


We have been making an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste but we recognize the desire to promote yourself and your showcases. You are welcome to post your signs, posters and showcase schedules no larger than 8.5 x 11 in the following designated areas:

  • Anywhere you can find wall space in the Atrium (excluding the workshop rooms and grand ballroom)
  • Private Showcase Hallway

You must use painters tape or some other removable adhesive. Some painters tape is available at Registration desk.


  Located in the Ontario Room, all weekend long, the Dropzone 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 each presenter or DJ is accepting. i.e. “CDs only” or “Anything you got”. Please honor these guidelines and only drop what they request.


INSTRUMENT STORAGE is available in the Petoskey Room inside the Atrium. Check at the registration desk for hours and information.


JAMMING and SONG CIRCLES are encouraged throughout the conference. as long as the volume doesn’t interfere with conference or other hotel activities. The common areas in the lobby (until 10pm) and conference levels, conference rooms when not in use, are all available for impromptu jams and song swaps. Late night jams & song circles are ONLY allowed in the Salons, located down the hall from the Private Showcase floor.


SHOWCASE VIDEOS As in the past, showcases are being filmed and will be available for purchase. More information on this will be available at the registration desk.


Check out this page for other cool things happening.

Other Stuff of Interest

FARM 2019 Program

FARM 2019 T-Shirts!

2019 Tote Bags

Our tote bags were very popular last year so we decided to go for the same style but in a different color. These bags are yours for as long as you want them but if you’re not the type to use a bag like this post conference, we will gladly take them back to recycle for next year.

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