How To Get the Most out of FARM

or any music conference

Date: August 23, 2022
Times: 2 pm Eastern
Bruce Swan, Booking Agent at Baker Booking; a boutique booking agency located in Asheville, NC will present a workshop on getting prepared for attending conference. He has attended in person Folk Alliance International Conference three times, NERFA 2016 – 2019, SERFA 2017 & 2022 and all the Conferences in 2021 virtually. He has been a panelist several times in his capacity as both a booker and as a Folk DJ; as well as assisting in several FARM online peer sessions during the pandemic. His approach is straightforward.

Swan feels that getting the most from a conference begins long before the conference starts. Whether you have attended conferences regularly over the years, have not been in a while, or this is your first conference, you will find something that will assist you to get the most from your experience. The time to learn about the conference is not at the “First Timers Meet Up” at the start of the conference.

The content is targeted to all attendees, whether you are a performer, presenter, or industry.


Community Peer Gathering

Dates: 1st and 3rd Thursday
Times: 2 pm Eastern
Come one come all, near and far and join us for some great conversation about pretty much anything that’s on your mind. These Peer Group Sessions are open to the entire Folk Community regardless of where you live or what role you play in the community.

(NOTE: The Zoom meeting only lists the third Thursdays but this will work for the 1st Thursday as well)

You only need to register once to attend any of the future sessions. You’ll be sent a reminder email prior to each session, but you can use this link every time.

Folk DJ & Friends

Dates: 2nd Wednesday
Times: 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central
A monthly meet-up for Folk Djs and those interested in talking to the Folk DJs. The topics range from the way radio has evolved, going digital, producing a show in the time of COVID, diversity in programming, and what you had for dinner. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Moderator: Sue Kessell, The Folk Show / WNUR

Live Music Presenter

NERFA has been hosting monthly Venue Peer Sessions. Visit https://nerfa.org/nerfa-365/ for more information or contact ethan@nerfa.org

Agents & Managers

Dates: 4th Wednesday
Times: 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central
This is a closed peer gathering intended for individuals who identify as a booking agent or artist manager within the industry. While we recognize that many artists also serve as their own representatives, this group is intended only for those who represent artists beyond themselves.

Moderator: Stephanie Coronado, Ginger Roots Agency


Monthly Performance Lane

When: 4th Thursday of the Month
Next Event: TBA

Times: 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central

This will be an opportunity to play a mini showcase via Zoom and to a streaming audience on FARM’s Facebook and Youtube pages. The public is welcome to join Zoom. No charge to watch or play.

Sign-up opens 2 weeks in advance at (or near) Noon Eastern and typically fills up within 30 minutes. We send an announcement through our email list to notify our community that it’s open. If you’re not signed up for that you’ll miss out. You can do that here: https://www.farmfolk.org/contact-us/

If you sign up to perform, you must also complete the Zoom registration.

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