FARM seeks nominations for Lifetime Award

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award to be presented at our annual conference in Iowa City, IA on October 22, 2015.

The Annual Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award is awarded at the annual FARM Gathering to a living individual who resides in the Midwest and whose involvement in the Midwest folk music and dance community: 1) has been of significant duration, 25 years or more; 2) has been of significant intensity; 3) has involved significant service to the Midwest folk community; 4) has reached, and reaches, beyond a single sector, such as concert performance, into the wider community; and 5) has extended folk music and/or dance outward, into the wider community. The FARM Board has standardized nomination and selection procedures for this award, which is growing in meaning and prestige and which serves not only to honor one person, but to increase awareness of and strengthen ties within and beyond the Midwest folk music and dance community.

For more information click here.             Download a nominations form.

What’s happening at FARM? Lots!

Check below and on this website for all the details:

  • IOWA WELCOME – A day of music, lyrics & poetry. February 15th at The Mill in Iowa City.

  • FARMette 2015 on May 2nd at Camp Palmer in Northwest Ohio.

  • FARMette 2015 registration is now open.

  • FARMette 2015 is now accepting Official Showcase Submissions (juried showcase)

FARMette is accepting Official Showcase submissions

FARMette Showcase Submissions

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is now accepting submissions from performers for the official showcase at FARMette, our one day conference on May 2nd!

A panel of judges will rate videos submitted by the performers.  The 10 best artists will be invited to perform at the FARMette conference on Saturday May 2, 2015 in Northwest Ohio, in front of the venue managers, radio DJs, and other music lovers in attendance.  (Conference details are at

Complete showcase submission instructions, including online submission and payment forms, are on this web page:

Each performer must provide two videos online, and a submission fee of $15.  Good news: that fee has not increased since 2012, and we’re waiving the additional showcase fee for those selected!  More good news: because FARMette is geographically distant from our October FARM gatherings, 2013 and 2014 showcase performers are also eligible.

The best video submissions are recordings of live performances (example), so we can see accurately how you (performing individual or group) truly appear and sound on-stage, preferably in front of an audience.  Note: the videos must portray the same performers as will be in the showcase, including any backup musicians.

Those selected to perform and alternates will be notified in late March.  The performers selected must be registered for the full conference, and also be registered Folk Alliance members.  (Non-members can join here.)  By submitting an application and committing to perform, you agree that FARM may use your photo and video in advertising for the conference.

Thanks to The Listening Room Network for again providing the technology and administrative support to help FARM manage our video submissions.

Performers are the face of FARM!  We encourage all interested performers to consider a submission… and everyone in the Folk community to encourage the performers, who you’d like to see in the showcase, to apply.

Again, complete instructions are on this page.  For additional questions about showcases, feel free to contact the FARMette 2015 Showcase Coordinator, B Ryan B ( at

February 15th At the Mill in Iowa City

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IOWA Welcomes the Folk Alliance Community

A Press and Public Event
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 1pm to 10pm
The Mill, Iowa City

This year, Iowa City and the Eastern Iowa arts community are welcoming the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) music conference which will take place Oct. 22-25, 2015 at the Sheraton and hotelVetro in Iowa City. See

On Sunday, February 15, 2015 we endeavor to be certain the whole state and region know about FARM by hosting a day long kick off festival! Everyone in the music community will benefit from the programming at the FARM conference, whether a venue, house concert, agent, radio station, performer, festival, or music store. This FARM Welcome Event will expose you to everything that a FARM music conference has to offer.

LilFest, Pump House Concerts and FARM are presenting:

A Day of Music and Talent to Welcome the FARM Community.
The Mill of Iowa City
1 PM to 10 PM
Press tickets – FREE
(Reserve by writing, or calling 847-256-0000. Include your phone and address.)
General public – $7.00, on sale through the Englert Theatre


Official FARM Playlist

2014 Friends of FARM

Sandy Andina
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Kerry Patrick Clark
Simeon Peebler
Wayne Greene (
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk
The Gordons
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM conferences in Iowa City, IA

* October 22 - 25, 2015
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

FARM Member States

North Dakota
South Dakota