2024 CONFERENCE INFO
Our next in-person Gathering will take place October 24-27, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL.
You do not need to live in the Midwest to attend. Anyone interested in making deeper connections with artists, the music industry and folk community in our region are welcome to attend. More info will be shared as we get closer but for now, feel free to look at info from this past year’s conference and make sure to sign up for our email list to get the latest updates.
We look forward to connecting and seeing you in Lisle!
2024 Full Conference Rates (includes Friday community dinner):
- $200 through May 31
- $225 June 1 – August 31
- $300 September 1 – Conference*
2024 Single Day Rates:
- $100 in advance
- $150 on site
Due to the COVID uncertainty, we are currently offering full refunds for cancellations up to October 1. After October 1, we will refund 50% of your registration. This is subject to change.
Discounts & Other Info
*FAI members will receive a $20 discount on their full conference registration.
All those who apply for an Official Showcase will get $25 off registration after June 1.
First-time DJs and Presenters are eligible for a discount. Please contact Ellen Stanley via firstname.lastname@example.org
2024 HOTEL INFORMATION
Our host hotel for 2023 & 2024 is DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
Address: 3003 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 505-0900
Our discounted room rate is: $99
RESERVE A ROOM HERE using Group Code: CFM
If you have trouble with the registration form please contact the hotel and reference Group Code: CFM
The discounted rate will apply to reservations made before October 3, 2024.
Amtrak and Metra commuter trains stop at the Naperville station, just 3.5 miles from the hotel.
To connect with other attendees about sharing rides to/from the airport, train or bus station, please use our Whova app.
2024 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
We are so delighted to announce that Susan Werner will be our keynote speaker for our 2024 FARM Gathering! Hailed as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” (Chicago Tribune), she has leapt from genre to genre, climbing them like mountaintops. Although best known as a touring singer/songwriter on the acoustic circuit, her live performances and recordings span an astonishing range of styles, from songs in the style of Gershwin and Cole Porter (I Can’t Be New, 2004), gospel music (The Gospel Truth, 2007), traditional Cuban “son” (An American In Havana, 2016), to New Orleans junk piano (NOLA, 2019) and Gulf and Western (The Birds of Florida, 2022). She just released her new Texas-themed album Halfway to Houston, and her score (music and lyrics) for Bull Durham, The Musical (based on the MGM film) will be heard in a Theatre Raleigh production of the show at Duke’s Reynolds Theater in Durham, NC this September. Susan was a part of FARM’S Wisdom Across the Ages panel in 2022, and we know she has a lot more wisdom to share so you won’t want to miss this dynamic speaker and thoughtful artist!
For more about Susan Werner, visit susanwerner.com.
2024 OFFICIAL SHOWCASE INFO
Split between Friday (Oct 25) and Saturday (Oct 26) evenings, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists. There is only one Official Showcase happening at a time, and there are no other conference events during the Official Showcase time. In other words, all eyes will be on YOU when you perform! Applications for the 2024 Official Showcases will be open March 15 – June 1. For more info and to view the list of last year’s list of showcasing artists visit https://www.farmfolk.org/official
2024 PERFORMANCE LANE
Unique to FARM, Performance Lane offers 10-minute showcase sets on Friday and Saturday afternoons open to all registrants and available on a first-come, first-served basis, in order of registration. After you register, you will get an invitation to sign up.
Please note that preference will be given to those who have not showcased as part of Performance Lane at the 2023 and 2022 in-person conferences.
2024 PRIVATE SHOWCASES
The private showcase area is always an exciting and inviting place to be!! Private Showcases will run from 11:00pm to 2:30am each night of the conference (Thur, Fri, Sat). For more info and to view a list of last year’s private showcases, visit https://www.farmfolk.org/farm-gathering/private/
2024 VOLUNTEER INFO
Yes! We do need volunteers! In fact, we couldn’t do it without you. More information can be found here: https://www.farmfolk.org/get-involved/volunteer-at-farm/
If you are ready to apply to be a volunteer. Please complete this form: https://forms.gle/BUAbyywaTQZqQAK27
Email email@example.com with any questions.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
View the 2023 Conference Schedule for reference. https://www.farmfolk.org/farm-gathering/schedule/
2024 SPONSORSHIP + ADVERTISING
Consider a sponsorship to FARM https://www.farmfolk.org/farm-gathering/sponsorship/
Or Advertising in our Program is great way to make yourself known! https://www.farmfolk.org/product/program-ad/
2024 WORKSHOPS & PANELS
We are working on planning this year’s workshops and panels. If you have ideas of programming you would like to see, please submit your ideas here! To see a list of last year’s workshops, please visit https://www.farmfolk.org/farm-gathering/workshops.
FARM add-on meals are offered from Thirty 0 Three Restaurant at the DoubleTree Hotel. The restaurant will be open during the conference but hours vary. The hotel is located in an area with few food options that are walkable, so including meals in your FARM registration is highly recommended. The opportunity to sit and socialize is well worth the extra cost, and the convenience allows people to experience the conference more fully!
FARM will host a complimentary Friday night community meal as part of your conference registration. Saturday dinner and breakfast buffet for Friday, Saturday & Sunday are available à la carte or as a package when you register. Meals are buffet style and include vegetarian options.
Complete Meal Package ($125.00)
Includes Friday breakfast, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Friday dinner is included with all full conference registrations.
Any Single Meal ($40)
Good for any single meal, including Friday breakfast, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.
If you already registered and did not include meals with your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will add this to your registration.
2023 ATTENDEE LIST
View the current list of registered attendees for this year’s conference, updated every week.
DOWNLOAD ATTENDEE LIST HERE (updated 10/9/23)
ALL ACCESS NAME BADGES
ALL ACCESS NAME BADGES are required for entrance to any of the in-person conference events and are provided to all who have pre-registered. Walk-up registrations are welcome however, some meal options may be limited. 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.
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.
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.
FLYERS & SUCH
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.
THE DROP ZONE
Located in the Spruce Room (access via Regency Ball room -aka our dining room), all weekend long, the Dropzone is a room lined with boxes assigned to 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.
Complete this form to reserve your box. https://forms.gle/RC1qvL9BB2aVaPTV6
INSTRUMENT STORAGE is available in the Rosewood Room (the Woods). Check at the registration desk for hours and information.
JAMMING & SONG CIRCLES
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. .
Check out this page for other cool things happening. https://www.farmfolk.org/special-events-at-farm/