Folk Alliance International Welcoming Experienced & First-Time Attendees to Sign Up for its 'Connecting Folk' Conference Guide Program

The Folk Alliance International, which is bringing its massive annual roots music industry conference and showcase to Montreal from Feb. 13-17, 2019, is now welcoming signups for its Connecting Folk program. The program matches a first-time attendees with experienced attendees to share tips and advice.

“Sometimes a simple conversation with someone who has been there can make all the difference in the world,” says FAI. “First-time attendees are an integral part of the FAI community with over 1,100 attendees joining us for the first time in 2018. We are deeply invested in the new members of our community and in 2019 we aim to do even more to ensure their success.”

Connecting Folk is a program to welcome and orient first-time FAI Conference attendees by matching them with a veteran FAI attendee who will act as a guide for the upcoming conference. Guides share tips, advice, and act as a resource for first-timers leading up to the conference.

2019 FAI Conference attendees are now invited to sign up to be either a guide or a first-timer.

Guides are asked to make a 30-minute commitment in advance of the conference for each first-timer connection in the form of a call or meeting. FAI staff will connect volunteer guides to first-timers via email. Within two weeks of the initial connection, guides are asked to reach out to their first-timer. At that point, it will be up to the guide and first-timer to arrange a phone call or in-person meeting.

Once First-Timers are enrolled, FAI staff will connect them with an experienced guide who has previously attended the FAI conference. Within two weeks of the initial connection, first-timers are asked to reach out or respond to their guide. At that point, it will be up to the guide and first-timer to arrange a phone or in-person meeting.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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