Official Showcase Information

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Showcase Submissions for 2020 are open through June 1

Split between Friday and Saturday 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!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • March 15, 2020: Official Showcase Submissions Open
  • June 1, 2020: Official Showcase Submissions Close at Midnight Eastern time
  • July 1-14, 2020: Showcase artists and alternates notified and confirmed privately
  • July 15, 2020: Showcase artists and alternates announced publicly, after all submitting artists are notified of their final status
  • October 22 to 25, 2020: FARM Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

Official Showcase Coordinator is Smitty Smith at showcase@farmfolk.org

  • Submission fee is $25
  • Official Showcase Artists will be privately notified about July 1st, and the public announcement will be about July 15th.
  • Artists submit two (2) videos of a live performance.
  • Links must go to a web page that automatically loads a live performance of a single song in its entirety.  Example: http://youtu.be/vWwgrjjIMXA
  • Links do not need to be accessible to the public but they must be available from submission through the date of notification.
  • Judges will be instructed to do the best they can with what is provided by you, but they will not be encouraged to struggle with links that don’t work or songs that are embedded in a playlist.
  • After submitting your application, you’ll be able to test your links.
  • All those who submit for a showcase will be given the  Super Early Bird rate of just $140 (Must register by Sept 1).

Restrictions:

If you performed an Official Showcase at the 2018 or 2019 FARM Conferences, you are not eligible to submit for an Official Showcase this year.

You cannot perform both an Official Showcase and a DJ Showcase, nor Performance Lane, in the same year. If you accept an official showcase, you will relinquish your Performance Lane showcase (if you had one) and may not accept a DJ showcase.

Please submit two live performance web links, which must go to a web page that automatically loads a live performance of a single song in its entirety (for instance, http://youtu.be/vWwgrjjIMXA). The links must be available from the date of your submission through the date of notification (July 15, 2020). There are spaces in the online application form for you to enter the links. After submitting your application, you’ll be able to test your links to verify they are working.

We strongly recommend live videos as your best presentation. Videos need not be professionally produced. The best submissions are a simple production of you playing in front of a live audience. The make-up of the act in the submissions must be the same as the intended showcase performance. Example: if you plan to perform solo, please do not submit a performance of you with a band or backup singers.

Judges will be instructed to do the best they can with what is provided by you, but they will not spend time struggling with links that don’t work, links that direct to an audio only recording, videos that are embedded in a playlist, or videos that have long introductions. We ask the judges to focus on the quality of your performance and songs rather than the production values of the video. But it is still important that the audio quality allow the judges to clearly hear your performance and lyrics (if you sing) without too much background noise.

Judges will focus on the following factors when evaluating submissions:

  • Musicianship
  • Stage Presence
  • Vocal quality (if applicable)
  • Songwriting quality (if performing original songs)

 

Submissions for the FARM 2020 Official Showcases are scored by active venue and house concert presenters, folk DJs, previous FARM Official Showcase artists (during the time they are ineligible to apply) and other industry professionals from around the FARM region.

Additional Requirements /Info:

All showcase entries must be submitted online. No mail-in or CD submissions will be accepted.

A $25 showcase submission fee is due with the submission of your showcase entries. Payment will be accepted via the provided Paypal link (accepts PayPal or credit/debit cards), via your PayPal account to midwestfolk@gmail.com (include “Showcase Submission Fee” and artist’s name in comments), or by check, made out to “Folk Alliance Region Midwest” and mailed to Lola Tyler c/o Wheatland Music Org, P O Box 22, Remus, MI 49340. (Include “Showcase Submission Fee” and artist’s name in the comment are of the check).

Showcases take place on the evenings of Friday, October 23nd and Saturday, October 24rd, 2020. Make sure you are able to attend the conference on those dates before submitting. Official Showcases are very important to the conference and we expect artists who are chosen to attend at least two full days of the conference. Official Showcase artists have an opportunity to perform at a time when no other conference activities are scheduled. Selected artists are a BIG DEAL to FARM, and we want them to be present and part of our community! We will ask you to commit to attending and participating in at least two full days of the conference to share what you do and how you do it with other artists in the FARM community.

Selected artists, alternates, and all band members and backup musicians MUST be registered for the full conference. No exceptions. NOTE – we have discounts for band members beyond the 2nd member. In the event a selected showcase artist or alternate is unable to attend the conference, or all members of the act are not registered by October 1, an alternate artist will be selected.

Selected artists and alternates must be members of Folk Alliance International. If you are not a member you can join at https://folk.org. Membership must be active at least from Sept 1 to Nov 1, 2020. Band members can have either individual memberships or be included in a the discounted band membership that FAI offers.  Details here:  https://www.folk.org/page/membershiplevels

By submitting a showcase application you indicate your understanding and agreement to these terms. In addition, those selected agree to allow FARM to use their picture, videos, bio and songs in advertising for the conference.

FARM board members and employees, the Official Showcase Coordinator and Listening Room Network employees are not eligible to submit for a showcase, nor to be showcase judges.

Email your questions to the Official Showcase Coordinator, Smitty Smith, at showcase@farmfolk.org

If you are chosen for an official showcase, you will receive a lot of publicity via our website, social media, and printed program. Also you will gain exclusive exposure to DJs, venue talent buyers, agents, and fans. Your performance is the ONLY THING on the conference schedule at that time. And we’ll sell your CDs for you.

ALL submitting artists will be offered the Super Early Bird registration rate until September 1, 2020 (normally expires March 31).

By applying for an official showcase, your music will become known to the many folk DJs, agents, and venue presenters that are among our judges. If you then attend the FARM conference, even without being given an official showcase, you will have already been exposed to these key members of our industry.

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