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FAI to Bring Global Folk Community to New Orleans

The Folk Alliance International Conference is returning to New Orleans, Louisiana, from Jan. 22-26, 2020. FAI is the largest annual gathering of the folk and roots music industry and community, as well as its many variants, including jazz, blues, Appalachian, Celtic, spoken word, and more.

At the Sheraton New Orleans hotel, FAI’s official showcases of 180 jury-selected concerts will feature emerging artists and touring legends from around the world, including many Canadians like Adyn Townes, Catherine, MacLellan, Celeigh Cardinal, Dave Gunning, David Myles, Digawolf, Digging Roots, Dylan Menzie, Erin Costello, and more. As well, many record labels and regional organization will stage their own showcases each night.

For a full list of showcasing artists, go HERE.

At the conference, organizers say their “conscious programming will explore the themes of diversity, inclusion, immigration, intersection, and influence.” This includes the return of the International Indigenous Music Summit, which debuted last year in Montreal, and the new Cultural Equity Summit. There will also be sessions on: Greening Folk Events, Music and Migration, Effective Leadership in Non-Profit Music Organizations, and Cultural Awareness. Additionally, there will be many sessions offering practical cadvice to musicians, covering topics like album release strategies, self-promotion, songwriting, Cajun fiddle techniques, and more.

For a full conference schedule, go HERE.

For more information, including showcase and conference schedules, go to www.folkconference.org.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.