Founded in 1989, FAI is the largest organization and conference for the folk music industry. In 2018, 2,850 delegates (agents, managers, labels, journalists, festivals, venues, artists) from 35 countries attended. The conference program features professional development workshops, industry panels, master classes, business networking sessions, and keynote presentations.The economic impact for the conference host city has been assessed (by VisitKC) at $5 million (USD). Previous Canadian editions have included Calgary (1992), Vancouver (2001), Montréal (2005), and Toronto (1997, 2013).
FAI presents 180 jury-selected Official Showcase performances featuring established artists and tour-ready emerging talent from around the world who are diverse in sound, culture, geography, and language. Showcases are 30-minute sets on full production stages.
From June 1 to July 31, the submission fee is $20 USD for FAI members and $40 USD for non-members. From Aug. 1 to the deadline on Aug. 15, 2018, the cost is $25 USD for FAI members and $50 USD for non-members. Those selected to showcase will be notified by Sept. 15, 2018.
For more information on applying, including details on eligibility and the radius clause, go to www.folkconference.org/osaapp.