News & Updates

FARM 22 Replay is Here!

FARM 22 Replay is Here!

We are gradually getting to the end of our post-conference wrap-up and we know you've been anxiously awaiting those workshop videos! For those who aren't aware, we recorded nearly all of our workshops and panels for the first time this year with plans to make them...

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A Heart full of Gratitude

A Heart full of Gratitude

Photo posted to FB by Cheryl Joyal seemed kinda perfect for this. Thanks Cheryl!Okay, from here out… I'm switching to mostly first person cause this may be one of the last times I'm communicating with you all in this way … ENORMOUS thanks (in no particular order) to...

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Conference App is Live!!

Conference App is Live!!

The conference app is live! As we've shared earlier, we're using the WHOVA app again to enhance your conference experience. The app worked beautifully for our virtual conference last fall, and if you attended that, you're already familiar with how things work....

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Wisdom Across the Ages

Wisdom Across the Ages

Because we believe wisdom isn’t acquired strictly by those of a certain age and this year’s panel is packed with some amazing artists and activists in our community; Joel Mabus, Susan Werner, Elexa Dawson and The Accidentals (Sav Buist & Katie Larson) Moderated by...

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Honoring Juel Ulven

Honoring Juel Ulven

FARM lost another beloved member of our community when, Juel Ulven passed away, August 19, 2022. Many aren't aware that Juel is one of FARM's founding members. He was one of the initial instigators in creating a Midwest Folk Alliance, there at the very first...

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2022 FARM COVID POLICY

2022 FARM COVID POLICY

UPDATED: 10/18/22 Current Risk Level in DuPage County according to CDC. In brief, to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 FARM is requesting that masks be worn during all conference activities and dedicated conference spaces, except when performing, speaking at a...

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2022 Official Showcase Artists

2022 Official Showcase Artists

we are proud to share with you our confirmed slate of Official Showcase Artists (and alternates) for our 2022 FARM Gathering. We had nearly 170 submissions from really talented bands and artists. Our judges weigh many factors when scoring, in order to help us create a...

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Showcase Deadline Approaching

Showcase Deadline Approaching

Just a week away from the deadline to submit your application for an Official Showcase Submissions at our 2022 Gathering. One of the main events at our annual conference, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists, split between Friday and Saturday evenings. The...

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FARM Announces 2022 Keynote Speaker

FARM Announces 2022 Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that GRAMMY Award Winner, two-time EMMY Nominee and 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow Dom Flemons will be delivering this year's Keynote Address at our conference on Saturday, October 22! Flemons, also known as The American Songster®, is a...

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FARM Welcomes Ellen Stanley

FARM Welcomes Ellen Stanley

All of us at FARM would like to welcome Ellen Stanley to our team. Ellen will assist Annie Capps in presenting our conference this coming October in Lisle-Naperville, Illinois. Following our Gathering, Ellen will assume the role of Conference Director. Minneapolis...

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Official Showcase Submissions Open

Official Showcase Submissions Open

Today is the day we open the door to Official Showcase Submissions for our 2022 Gathering. One of the main events at our annual conference, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists, split between Friday and Saturday evenings. The submission process is simple and...

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Register for The Gathering 2022

Register for The Gathering 2022

It's time to let us know you're coming to FARM!! Registration is open and our early-bird rates won't last long. You'll notice some slight increases but mostly we're staying as affordable as ever. Visit our General Info page for links and info as they become available.

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Job Posting for Future Conference Director

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is seeking our future Conference Director! Do you have what it takes to be the next FARM Conference Director? We want to get to know you! FARM is seeking a new Conference DIrector for our in-person event in October of 2023 and...

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A Great Big Thank You!

A Great Big Thank You!

Warning!! Extreme levels of gratitude within (and a lot of words) This is a personal message from me, Conference Director, Annie Capps, and therefore has more “I”s and "me"s than I’m usually comfortable with but I wanted to be clear these words are coming from me and...

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The Gathering 2021 App Launched

The Gathering 2021 App Launched

Hopefully, by now you've seen the news that our conference event is live on the Whova app and if you're registered you can log in, start engaging, update your profile and watch the agenda bloom before your eyes! This app is going to be the best way to stay up to date...

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Seeking Volunteers

Seeking Volunteers

All hands on deck! Got time on your hands? Calling all those who have a hand or two to lend. There are some perks (Attend our Virtual Connections Gathering for free to name one, and some other nifty swag). Complete this form...

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Raffle Prizes Announced

Raffle Prizes Announced

We're super excited to announce the first batch of raffle prizes! "What raffle prizes?", you may be asking. Well, everyone who donates any amount toward our BIG FUNDRAISER is entered into a monthly drawing for a chance to win valuable gifts. Like this sweet Farida...

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John McCutcheon Concert

John McCutcheon Concert

Watch the fabulous John McCutcheon in Concert! We're partnering with the wonderful concert streaming platform, Mandolin (designed, developed and delivered right here in the Midwest) and the one and only John McCutcheon (who not only delivered our Keynote for last...

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Let the FUNdraiser Begin!

Let the FUNdraiser Begin!

You've told us time and time again how much you value all the great work FARM has been doing to keep us educated, connected, and engaged this past 14 months. We are so often asked, "How can we help?" Well, FARM is officially launching a fundraising campaign with an...

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FARM Gathering 2021 Cancelled

FARM Gathering 2021 Cancelled

The FARM Board of Directors convened early this week to discuss our conference plans for the Fall of 2021. We regret to announce that we have made the decision to postpone our conference until 2022, when we will gather in Lisle, Illinois. Our current plan is to return...

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