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.
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 with John Gorka, Josh White Jr. Lillian Werbin and Humbird (Siri Undlin), 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).
To stay up to date about all things related to the conference, make sure you’re signed up for our Newsletter, listserve and following us on Social Media.
Questions & Answers
Where is the attendee list?
We’ll be updating the list of attendees (names only) right here. Registered attendees have access to full details (as they are updated by the individual), so if you’re already registered, you will have access to contact info and other details via the Whova app, where the conference is being hosted.
Here’s the list as of October 17:
Michael J August
Marilyn Rea Beyer
J Oscar Bittinger
Bill Randi Cohen
Dr. Julia Davids
David HB Drake
Ciaran Mac Gowan
Christopher Mark Jones
Josh White Jr
Kray Van Kirk
Michael R. J. Roth
Also Smitty Smith
Nicholas James Thomasma
Siri Pechauer Undlin
Why am I not listed in any Category?
We apologize for all the confusion about this but our Registration system was not communicating with our Conference app the way we had hoped and some info, including the Industry Role you selected when you registered did not transfer. We are manually adding people to the appropriate categories every evening so please wait a day before you reach out to us. We have also created additional categories and are manually adding attendees as quickly as we can. Please contact email@example.com if you do not see your name in a category you believe you should appear. Thanks for your patience.
Where is the schedule?
You can see the full schedule just below the speakers. This will be updated frequently, as more events and speakers are confirmed. All of it is subject to change!
Will there be Private Showcases?
Yes! If you’re interested in hosting a “room” Complete the Private Showcase application. Hosts who meet the requirements will be confirmed in the order received. Scroll down for more info.
How Do I Play In a Private Showcases?
Yes! If you’re interested in being considered for a Private Showcase you’ll want to contact the host directly or post to the FARM Listserve. The list of hosts is available here.
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.
Is there a Performance Lane?
Performance Lane (aka Open Mic) will take place at several times throughout the conference. Sign-up is OPEN. You’ll find the link in the conference app. Search for Performance Lane on the Agenda and you’ll find the link in the description. It’s the same in every instance so regardless of what time slot you want on which day, you’ll use the same form.
How do I access the conference site?
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.
Will the events be recorded?
Yes! All panels, workshops, and showcases will be recorded and made available for on-demand access approximately 1 week following the conference. So if you miss an event or want to re-watch it later, you will be able to. The peer, affinity, and mentor sessions will NOT be recorded. Neither will the Private Showcases.
Content will remain accessible until December 31, 2021
Will the events be live-streamed?
None of the main conference events will be live-streamed. You must be registered to access the content.
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
Our Amazing Speakers and Mentors!
Row 1: John Gorka, Josh White, Jr, Humbird, Lillian Werbin, Kari Estrin, Crys Matthews
Row 2: Robert Jones, Ellis Delaney, Ben Bedford, Jenny Jones, Joe Crookston, Seth Bernard
Row 3: Anne Heaton, Don White, Sarah Morris, Erik Balkey, Matt Watroba, SaulPaul
Row 4: Reggie Harris, Dr Julia Davids, Charlie Mosbrook, Joe Jencks, Karyn Oliver, Stephanie Coronado
Row 5: Peter Mulvey, Joy Ike, Sam Cooper, Jordan Hamilton, Pete Kronowitt, Julia Othmer
Row 6: Spencer LaJoye, Annie Bacon, Rj Cowdery, Mark Dvorak, Mj Epperson, Cindy Morgan
Row 7: Carol Obertubessing, Diane Boston …
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Various sponsorship levels offer incentives and prime exposure / visibility on the conference platform/app for your art of business.
BECOME AN ADVOCATE
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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.