FARM is now accepting 2014 Official Showcase submissions

FARM is now accepting 2014 Official Showcase submissions!

http://www.listeningroomnetwork.com/showcase/rules.php?orgID=1

Given last year’s success, we have partnered again with The Listening Room Network to host submissions.  Jeff Robertson has agreed to return as the showcase committee coordinator.

Submission fee remains the same as 2012 at $15.

We received positive feedback from last year’s artists and judges about the use of live video for evaluation.  This approach worked so well that we feel we can ask artists to submit two (2) song submissions instead of three.

The best video submissions simply present you in front of the camera, preferably in front of an audience. Songs submitted must be in the same act configuration that you plan to use at the FARM Showcase if selected. So if you plan on performing solo, please do not send a link to a recording of you with a band or backup musicians.

For additional information, the complete set of requirements, and the online submission and payment forms, please check our showcase submission website.

http://www.listeningroomnetwork.com/showcase/rules.php?orgID=1

We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Jeff

2014 FARM Conference Registration is open

Forgive my shouting but the FARM conference registration is now open.

Dear FARMers!  It is that time of year again to not only remember the wonderful conference that FARM has become… but to think of joining us at The Sheraton Chalet this October in St. Louis, MO!
Early Bird registration (and the cost saving) is available now by simply logging into our website:  www.FARMfolk.org.
Full Conference $90 (before September 1)
Full Conference First Time Attendee or Returning Venue  $60 (before September 1)
Optional meal packages available.
Also, won’t you think about helping grow our community by copying and forwarding this to a fan, friend or musician!

SOON – FARM will accept Official Showcase Submissions – SOON

We will soon be ready to accept your submissions for the Official Showcases at the 2014 FARM Conference on October 23 – 26 in St. Louis, MO.  We have again partnered with The Listening Room Network to oversee submissions, with Jeff Robertson returning as the Official Showcase coordinator.

Submission fee will be $15. All submissions will be done online using links to your songs.

Most of last year’s 300+ song submissions were live videos.  We received positive feedback from both the artists and judges about the use of live video for evaluation.  And we enjoyed stellar showcase performances.  This approach worked so well that we feel we can ask artists to submit only two (2) song submissions instead of three.  We strongly recommend two live videos as your best presentation for judging.

The best submissions simply present you in front of the camera, preferably in front of an audience. Songs submitted must be in the same act configuration that you plan to use at the FARM Showcase if selected. So if you plan on performing solo, please do not send a link to a recording of you with a band or backup musicians.

We encourage you to take advantage of these next few weeks to prepare your best showcase song submissions.

More details below. We look forward to hearing from all of you!

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There will be FOURTEEN juried showcases at the 2014 FARM Conference on October 24th & 25th.

Deadline for submissions is May 31st.

Please note that if you showcased at the 2012 or 2013 FARM Conferences, you are not eligible to showcase this year.

We ask that each artist submit two live links:

  • Links must go to a web page that automatically loads a live performance of a single song in its entirety.  Example: http://youtu.be/vWwgrjjIMXA
  • Links do not need to be accessible to the public but they must be available from submission through the date of notification.
  • Judges will be instructed to do the best they can with what is provided by you, but they will not be encouraged to struggle with links that don’t work or songs that are embedded in a playlist.
  • After submitting your application, you’ll be able to test your links.

Additional Terms and Conditions

  • All showcase entries must be submitted online. No-mail in or CD submissions will be accepted.
  • A $15 showcase submission fee will be due with the submission of your showcase entries. Payments may be made using PayPal or by check.
  • Selected artists pay an additional $20 showcase fee due upon notification of selection.
  • Showcases take place on the evenings of Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th. Make sure you are able to attend the conference on those dates before submitting.
  • Two to four alternate artists will be chosen in the event a selected showcase artist(s) is unable to attend the conference.
  • Selected artists will be notified by July 1st.
  • Selected artists and all band members / backup musicians MUST be registered for the full conference. No exceptions.
  • Selected artists must be a member of Folk Alliance, If you are not a member you can join at http://folk.org
  • By submitting and being selected for a showcase, you agree that FARM may use your photo and video in advertising for the conference.
  • By submitting showcase entries you indicate your understanding and agreement to the terms listed above.

FARM board members and Listening Room Network employees are not eligible to be showcase judges.

Email inquiries to Official Showcase coordinator Jeff Robertson at jeff@listeningroomnetwork.com.

FARM announces its 2014 keynote speaker: Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm Front PortraitTim Grimm lives on an old 80 acre farm outside Columbus, IN, near where he grew up. He is the son and grandson of schoolteachers and farmers. He has toured and recorded with his friend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, about whom Tim’s song- The King of The Folksingers – is based (the #1 song on the Folk DJ chart to start 2014). He appeared with Harrison Ford in the film, Clear and Present Danger, and worked steadily as an actor in film & television in Los Angeles throughout the 90′s.

He and his wife, Jan, returned to Indiana to raise their sons- a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’, at which point Tim found himself writing about the land and people around him. He released FARM SONGS in 2000 , for which The Chicago Sun-Times named him the year’s “Best Discovery in Roots/Americana Music”. He has subsequently released 8 solo recordings, including a tribute to Tom Paxton (THANK YOU TOM PAXTON), and also a group recording- WILDERNESS PLOTS- with Carrie Newcomer, Krista Detor, Tom Roznowski and Michael White– the video of which received an Emmy nomination. Most of his recordings have reached the top of the Folk- DJ and Euro-Americana charts, along with outstanding reviews and songwriting awards.

He is a music presenter in his hometown of Columbus, IN, where for the past 10 years he has hosted The Americana Music Series. He has shared the stage with writer and poet-farmer Wendell Berry. He has composed music for the theatre– most recently The Grapes of Wrath at Asolo Rep in Florida, and continues to work as an actor in film and tv. He performs in Festivals, in coffeehouses, in community centers and house concerts… across the US and for the past 6 years in Europe. He believes in the power of folk, in the spirit of tradition, and the value of culture. Michigan Folk Live has dubbed him, “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest”. He has recently, and happily- been a part of two trio groups– THE TALL TREES with Ben Bedford and Diederik van Wassenaer, and THE GOOD BAD LUCKYS with Joe Crookston and Krista Detor. His most recent album, is THE TURNING POINT

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