Global Summits

  Thursday, Feb. 15, 10am-1pm

FAI’s new Global Summit Series is intended to re-introduce a deeper connection to the processes, people, and policies behind the scenes that help establish and maintain the rich ecology of folk music. The summits are focused "peer sessions" that shake-up the old panel format as well as provide an opportunity for a global network of peers in industry-specific cohorts to convene in one place to share knowledge, ideas, and goals.

Each summit is an in-depth three-hour session hosted by a thought leader in the field, and will include a keynote, directed discussion, and time for networking. Summits will take place inside the Westin Crown Center Hotel. Registration required, additional fees may apply.


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Hosted by the Nicole Saylor, Head of the Archive at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Cultural Sector Planners & Funders

Co-hosted by the Todd Stein, CEO of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance and Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.


Hosted by Gregory Melchor-Barz, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Musicology/Ethnomusicology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and President-Elect, for the American Society for Ethnomusicology.

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

2018 FAI Conference

DATE: February 14-18, 2018

LOCATION: Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA