Official Showcase Application

  Official Showcase applications are now closed. Artists were announced October 30.

Ramy Essam - photo by Andrea Brookhart



Membership is not required to submit an application. All selected artists and accompanying musicians are required to be paid registrants of the conference.

All non-US artists must be legally able to enter the United States and are responsible for acquiring all necessary travel permits including visas when necessary. Typically, a work visa is not required to perform a non-paid showcase, however a work visa is required if you have any paid performances before or after the conference on the same trip.

IN-ELIGIBLE: Artists who had an Official Showcase in 2016 and a second Official Showcase in 2017 are not eligible to apply in 2018. They may still arrange Private Showcases in 2018 and are welcome to reapply for an Official Showcase for the 2019 conference. This policy ensures turnover and access to Official Showcases for our wide community of established and emerging artists.

Radius Clause

In order not to compete with Official Folk Alliance International Showcases, and to maximize the community and career impact of presenter and industry attendance on-site, artists selected for an Official Showcase, the Kansas City Folk Festival lineup, or as Music Camp instructors are not permitted to perform concerts within a 15-mile radius of the conference hotel between the hours of 6pm - 3am, February 14-17, 2018.

Official Showcase Application Fee

May 30, 2017 - July 10, 2017
FAI members $15, non-members $30

July 11, 2017 - Aug. 29, 2017
FAI members $20, non-members $40

Aug. 30, 2017 - Sept. 20, 2017 (due by 5pm CST on Sept 20)
FAI members $25, non-members $50

  Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable.

What You'll Need to Complete the Application

  1. Credit card for application fee
  2. Contact information for the artist and all representation
  3. 50-word bio (3rd-person)
  4. Two different artist/band headshot photos (300dpi, color)
  5. Link to 1-2 audio files (note: the jury cannot review downloads, Dropbox or Google Drive files)
  6. Link to 1 video of a live performance of the proposed showcase format
  7. 2018/19 desired touring territory
  8. Link to highest profile media review received in the last 2 years
  9. Awards & recognition within the last 2 years
  10. Names/roles of all band members
  11. Stage plot (.pdf)


If accepted for a showcase, artists are required to post that they are an official showcase artist on social media using the FAI provided badge. This action is part of the artist's contract.

Official Showcases are "festival style" performances. Meaning that there are no sound checks and the lighting is set. The performances are 30 minutes long with a 15 minute change over. All performances take place in hotel ballrooms. There is no guaranteed use of in-ear-monitors.

New in 2018 - Official Showcase performances are not open to the public and there are no guest passes available for 2018. All attendees of the Official Showcases must be registered delegates of the conference.

Discounted Registration Fee for Showcase Applicants

Applicants are guaranteed a discounted conference registration rate regardless of Official Showcase award status.

After you complete the Official Showcase application, you will receive an email with a discount code to use when registering to receive the discounted applicant rate.

Mission Statement

The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.

Additional Conference Events

2019 FAI Conference

DATE: February 13-17, 2019

LOCATION:  Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada

UPCOMING DEADLINES:  Early Bird member registration ends May 31, 2018