FARM Post Conference Wrap Up & Website info

Well well well, wasn’t that a great conference??  If you were there, you know.  If you weren’t, you should find out!  Either way, we hope you’ll join us in Grand Rapids, MI, October 25 – 28, 2018 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

ALSO – big news!  Our website is gonna get a major update.  We (meaning our awesome web-mistress, Annie Capps of Swamp Street Design) are hard at work, and expect to have it unveiled before the FAI conference in February.

To view the following info, you can always go HERE to see it in Newsletter format.


Order your conference performance videos now!  You can do this HERE. (scroll down a bit).
It’s only $20 for a high quality, professional video of a single Official or DJ / Venue Showcase performance (be sure to add the name of the act you want a video of when you order).
Or, for only $70 you can get a DVD set of ALL the performance, plus the Peter Mulvey’s inspiring Keynote Address and the Awards ceremony. 
Videos will be ready in the next month or two.  If you already ordered one, THANK YOU!  We will be in touch soon to get a snail mail address (if you want a DVD of a single performance, or order the full conference video, which only comes on DVD) or to get an email address so we can send you a download link.


FARM Board Of Directors Update

We had an election, a membership meeting, a board meeting, and your new Board Of Directors is:

Smitty Smith, president
Charlie Mosbrook, vice president
Brianna Lane, secretary
Lola Tyler, treasurer
Nancy Emrich Freeman
Don Simon
Cindy Morgan
Randy Styka

The Board Contact page on the website (look HERE) has been updated with contact info, term of office info, etc.  Feel free to contact a board member any time, or use the good old info [AT] address for general contact.

FARM has a working board, but it takes a lot more than your board of directors to provide year round support, and to execute the conference. If you want to be involved, to help us in any way, please email info [AT] and tell us about it.  We’d love to have YOU be part of the team!

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Congratulations to Scott Fab, Mary Bragg, and Rupert Wates – winners of the first ever, first annual, FARM Song Contest. Each of these three fantastic songwriters will perform during a showcase at the FARM Conference in Iowa City, October 19 – 22, 2017. They were the top three among 121 songs submitted by 48 artists.

Brianna Lane of The Warming House, a listening room in the heart of Minneapolis, was the marvelous coordinator of the contest. Judges were Brianna, John Louis also of The Warming House, Nancy Emrich-Freeman of Lilfest, and singer / songwriter Kerry Patrick Clark. The judges had a difficult time choosing among all the wonderful entries. “The diversity of the songs, the quality, and the different tastes of the judges all made it a very interesting and difficult process” Lane said. Songs were judged on lyrics, musicality, enjoyability, and performance execution. At first entrees were narrowed down to 10 semifinalists, then to five finalists, with the top three earning the showcase spots.

Following is a little bit about the three wining artists and their songs:

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Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2017 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!


Friends of FARM


Laura Lind
Andy Cohen
Mark Dvorak
Two Way Street Coffee House
Curt Joa
Sue Kessell
Tim Grimm
Sandy Andina
Deb Kirmer – Last Minute Folk Concerts
Annie Capps
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
JLMartin Music

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates


Dates for future FARM Conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

In Iowa City, IA
* October 19 – 22, 2017

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota