FARM Virtual Connections – The Gathering 2021

A virtual weekend of Connection, Community, Conversations, Collaboration, Cultivating, Creativity …

Showcases, Workshops, Peer and Mentor Sessions, Networking Opportunities, Keynote Address and More …

Since April 2020, FARM has been presenting weekly programming in the form of educational panels, Tuesday Tech Talks, Mentor Sessions and Peer Gatherings for the Community, DJs, and Presenters.

In our ongoing efforts to serve the Midwest folk community and beyond, we are offering a virtual edition of our annual gathering, featuring a variety of panel conversations, creative workshops, mentor sessions, and peer group discussions as well as showcasing and networking opportunities. Featuring a Keynote address by Carrie Newcomer, an exciting Wisdom Across the Ages Conversation, and more. Join us as we continue the conversations and collaborations that have kept us connected with our community these past 16 months (and counting).

Panel topics will be released starting on October 1. Check back often and make sure you’re signed up for our Newsletter, listserve and following us on Social Media.

Keynote Address by Carrie Newcomer

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Carrie has 19 nationally released albums on Available Light & Concord/Rounder Records including Until Now, The Point of Arrival and The Beautiful Not Yet. Newcomer has released three books of poetry & essays, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays, The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems and Essays & Lyrics, and Until Now: Poetry by Carrie Newcomer.

Anticipated FAQ’s

How much does it cost to attend?

How much does it cost to attend?

  • $25.00 – For those with super tight shoe strings
  • $50.00 – For those who are able to invest in full

and for those who are able, we give you a chance to pay a little bit more. 

For those where even $25 is difficult, please contact us via email about assistance options. 

What is the cancellation policy?

While we hope that folks don’t have to cancel, we understand that things come up. First, keep in mind that access to all conference activities will be available through November. So even if you realize you can’t make it real-time, you can log in and enjoy all the showcases and panels. 

  • Cancel by September 30 – Full refund
  • Cancel between Oct 1 – 15th = 50% refund
  • Cancel after Oct 15 = no refund
How do I submit for an official showcase?

You must be registered to apply. Just check the button on the registration form and provide a link to a recent live stream performance in the box provided. Much more information below.

Will there be Private Showcases?

Yes. Complete the Private Showcase application. First come first secured for those who meet the requirements. There is a $25 fee to host. Payment will be required prior to confirmation. 

What are the Spotlight Showcases?

We’re inviting a few venues & Festivals to help us curate one hour each night following the Official Showcase. Similar to the DJ showcase, each venue or festival will present one artist they want to spotlight. 

Where is the schedule?

There is a general schedule subject to change below.

Will this be complicated to navigate?

We sure hope not. We did some research and found an app called Whova that offers everything we wanted to build a virtual experience all in one space. Integrates with the popular Zoom app, so that’s familiar to most and we will be offering an orientation/Q&A session at least a week ahead of the conference so you can be good and ready. 

Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

Wednesday, October 27

7 pm Eastern / 6 pm Central

Happy Hour, Welcome, Open Mic

Thursday, October 28


12:00 PM Panel Discussion #1
1:30 PM  Panel Discussion #2
3:00 PM Peer Groups
4:30 PM Speed dating for DJs & Mentor Sessions

7:00 PM Folk DJ Showcases
9:00 PM Spotlight Showcases
10:00 PM Private Showcases

Friday, October 29


12:00 PM Panel Discussion #3
1:30 PM Panel Discussion #4
3:00 PM Affinity Groups
4:00 PM Wisdom Across the Ages 
5:00 PM Speed dating for Presenters & Mentor Sessions
7:00 PM Official Showcases
9:00 PM Spotlight Showcases
10:00 PM Private Showcases

Saturday, October 30

12:00 PM Peer Sessions, Mentor Sessions
1:00 PM Songwriting Sessions, Vocal Workshop, and more fun stuff
3:00 PM Carrie Newcomer Keynote Address 
4:00 PM AGM
7:00 PM Official Showcases
9:00 PM Spotlight Showcases
10:00 PM Private Showcases

(this will NOT be extended)

Our process and requirements this year are simple. If you plan to submit for a showcase you need to have the gear and technical knowledge to provide a quality live stream. Showcases will take place on Zoom. No pre-recorded videos or showcasing. 16 artists will be chosen by a small jury of peers.

All we are requesting for the submission is a link to a live-streamed (not recorded) show or songs. If submitting individual songs, you can include more than one (up to 3) links, separated by a comma. For a full show, just include the one link.

BANDS: At least one band member must register to submit. If more than one, or all members are registering, please elect just one band member to submit for the showcase.

AGENTS and Managers: Agents or Managers may not submit for one of their clients with their own registration. Feel free to register and pay FOR your client in a separate registration. 

NOTE to anyone who has already submitted just one song, we’ll allow you to email additional links to

Also, there are no restrictions for prior showcase appearances.

We will be announcing the final selections on October 10th. 


12 Folk DJs will handpick an artist to perform a 10 minute set on Thursday evening. Same as with officials, selected artists must have the gear and technical knowledge to provide a quality live stream. Showcases will take place on Zoom. No pre-recorded videos or showcasing.

We will be posting the list of participating DJs as soon as they are confirmed. At this time there is no submission process for this.

More information coming soon.

FARM will be accepting applications to host a limited number (TBD) of private showcase rooms.

The cost to host a room is $25.00/per night. We will be confirming hosts in the order received and given instructions on how to pay by email.

Private Showcases will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 10:30pm EASTERN – 1:30 AM EASTERN.

You may host your room all three nights, or just one.

Showcase rooms should run a minimum of one hour and a maximum of 3 hours. How you schedule that time is up to you but we greatly discourage artists from using a full hour to themselves. It’s much more fun to include a few of your fellow performers.

Hosts will manage their own rooms, hosted by FARM’s Zoom account. Assistance is available.

Hosts are confirmed in the order received. If you would like to host a room, please


Stay tuned for information on schedule and sign up

Become a Sponsor

Various sponsorship levels offer incentives and prime exposure / visibility on the conference platform/app for your art of business.


We need your help to spread the word about FARM, the Gathering, and our Fundraiser. All you have to do is engage with us on our socials and share to your socials!

Become a Volunteer

We are in need for tech-savvy, organized, self-starters who can help with all kinds of tasks and events at the conference, from the comfort of your own home.

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