Private Showcase Hosts Announced for FARM ’16

Once again FARM will be designating thirteen hotel rooms at the Sheraton Iowa City for Private Showcases.   The private showcase area at the 2016 conference will be an exciting and inviting place to be!!  And our chief of terrier security and cuteness, Champ, will return to FARM in 2016.  Private Showcases will run from midnight to 2am each night of the conference (Thur, Fri, Sat).  More details HERE.

Your hosts, (those signed up so far), with contact info, are:

Lilfest – Nancy Emrich Freeman:
Uncorked – Loretta Sawyer:
Folknet – Charlie Mosbrook:
On The Tracks – Annie Capps:
Bliss Hippy – Richard & Maureen Hall:
Two Way Street – Kristin Fuller:
First Timers – Jacquelyn Strickland:
Access Film – Mike Beck:
The Warming House – John Louis:
Ampersand Records – Spook Handy  (Thursday only):
Gin Ridge Records – Chris Vallillo  (Friday only):

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FARM election update

If you are a current Folk Alliance member living in the FARM region you should have received an election notice email on July 28th. That email listed the FARM board of director’s nominations to fill the open board positions and gave instructions on how FARM members could make nominations.
To make a nomination, for yourself or for someone else, you must be a current member of Folk Alliance International and reside in the FARM region. The following are required:
  • The nominee must be a current voting member of Folk Alliance International and reside in the FARM region.
  • A signed letter agreeing to serve if elected (if not self-nominating)
  • A photo and a short bio for the ballot.
  • Nominations must be made no later than August 30, 2016 and must include the photo and bio to be compete.
  • Nominations should be emailed to

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2015 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!

Friends of FARM

Wayne Greene (
Sandy Andina
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Mark Dvorak
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kari Estrin
Annie Capps

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM Conferences

In Iowa City, IA
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

Location to be announced
* October 25 - 28, 2018
* October 24 - 27, 2019
* October 29 - November 1, 2020

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota