FARM 2014

chaletJoin us for our Annual FARM Gathering October 23 – 26, 2014 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

Each year we put on a 3-day conference where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to meet, talk, learn, listen, promote, pay tribute, celebrate, sing, dance and make music.  The FARM 204 Gathering will represent our 22st year celebration (even though it’s been more like 23 years) and will take place Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel in St Louis, MO.  Check back often for updates or better yet, Click on the Contact page and sign up to receive our e-newsletter and join the listserve.

Registration Information

Showcasing at FARM

Conference Schedule


We’re thrilled to announce that Tim Grimm will be our featured Keynote Speaker for the 2014 conference.

Here’s what our previous Key Note Speakers have said about FARM:

“FARM made me see and feel that I’m part of a songwriting community. This was such an exciting and a happy realization. I had a great time and saw a lot of people whom I ordinarily don’t see nearly enough of. I heard some great songwriters talk about how they do it, had many wonderful conversations and got some new ideas. I came away with renewed energy and resolve for my own work, and who doesn’t need that? I’m grateful to the folks at FARM who make this powerful experience possible.” – Michael P. Smith, 2011 Key Note Speaker


“I sensed a transformation at the 2010 FARM conference. They managed to keep the laid-back feel we come to expect in the Midwest while people were learning, sharing, playing, listening, and getting business done. I thought it was a huge success.”  – Matt Watroba, Folk Alley (WKSU), 2010 Key Note Speaker

Private Showcases

We will once again be opening a limited number of hotel rooms for Private showcases to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday late night (midnight to 2am). Click here for more information.

Taste of FARM

We are pleased to offer this option for those who wish to attend only the evening concerts. These are open to the public for walk-up ticket purchase. However, if you are an artist or venue who would like to be included in the program book, you must complete the Registration form and pay in advance.

The cost for a single night is $20, or you may buy a 3 night pass for $50.

Seeking 2014 Sponsors

As always we can only continue to bring you an ever more exciting and productive conference with the help of our many generous sponsors. There a few who continue to support us each year but we need more.  In addition to our undying gratitude and the good feeling of knowing that you’ve helped us to bring you better and better conferences each year, we offer a bunch of perks for our sponsors at all levels. No amount is too small and we’ll accept your donations any time. Visit our Sponsorship page for all the details.

Volunteers Wanted!

We’re always seeking volunteers to handle a number of minor and major tasks, especially in the few months prior to the conference. If you’re interested in participating on a committee, volunteering to help at the conference or just want to make a suggestion please get in touch with us. Visit the Get Involved area of the site for more information.

See the sidebar for quick links and find important deadlines in the footer.

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

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

Location to be announced
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota