Workshops & Panels

FARM 2013 Workshops

We are REALLY EXCITED to announce our workshop lineup for this year’s conference in St. Louis.  Here is our current workshop lineup.

The ‘events’ will have their own time on the conference schedule so we can all participate.  The workshops will be in three sessions, with five of them running concurrently during each session (some tough decision making about what to attend!).


  • Songwriting Master Class
    • Thursday 2:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Hosted by Melanie Safka
  • Call and Response Songs & Singing
    • Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    • Hosted by Andrew Calhoun & friends
  • Legacy:  The Roots of Songwriting
    • Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am
    • Scott Alarik, Folksinger, Journalist, Author
  • Meet me at the Square (square dance)
    • Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am
    • Presented by the Folk School of St Louis with Kelly Wells


  • Vocal Workshop – Elaine McMillan
  • How to use a PA – Mike Cowan
  • Getting past I-IV-V and Musicality – Andrew Calhoun & Tracy Grammer
  • Using Social Media – Billy Eli & Claudia Nygaard
  • Joy and Flow: Developing and Sustaining Joy in your Career – Jill Stratton and Jenna Lindbo
  • Songs of Social Conscience / Actions – Tom Irwin, Steve Rich, Sandy Andina & Bucky Halker
  • Creativity and Tradition – Mark Dvorak, Kelly Wells & Ryan Spearman
  • Grant Writing & Crowd Funding for the working musician – Chris Vallillo, Bucky Halker, Emily White & Charlie Mosbrook
  • Venues peer group – Dudley (Smitty) Smith & Annie Capps
  • Country Blues Guitar master class – Andy Cohen
  • Guitars and Trains – Robin Bienemann
  • Releasing a CD (You Don’t Need No Stinkin Label) – Pamela Parker & Sue Fink
  • Sparking in the Gap:  Songwriting Workshop – Josh Rose, Buddy Mondlock & Caroline Aiken
  • Stagecraft / Developing a Show – Chris Vallillo, Steve Rich, Tracy Grammer & Mark Dvorak
  • Help me Say Yes to your Booking Request / DIY Booking and Tour Management – Joanne Martin & Bill and Kate Isles

Click here for the full description, dates, times and presenters for the 2013 FARM Workshops

Workshops and Panels Overview

Folk DJ Panel – FARM 2010

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, changing face of the independent music business as well as performance and instrument techniques.

Workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons and for the first time this year we’ll be offering two master classes beginning at 2pm on Thursday.

Not sure if you have any expertise worth sharing? These are some of the topics we’d like to see covered at our conference this year:

  • Social Networking
  • Performance Rights Organizations
  • Effective Concert and Artist Promotion (getting butts in the seats)
  • Performance Techniques
  • Booking Yourself a Tour (and not going broke)
  • Alternative ways to make a living as a musician

Got any suggestions? What would you like to see us present? We’re particularly interested in hearing from Venues and Presenters on this.

If you would like to propose a workshop for our 2014 conference send an email to and please include the following information:

  1. Workshop subject (title is even better) and description.
  2. A short paragraph describing your experience in presenting this workshop

Answer the following additional questions:

  1. Would your topic work as panel? or would you consider working with a co-facilitator?
  2. Have you presented this workshop at a previous FARM? When?
  3. Will you be attending the entire conference? Any scheduling requests.

We’ll be posting this year’s workshops as they are confirmed so check back often.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

2013 Friends of FARM

Andina & Rich
James Curley
Pump House Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Two Way Street Coffee House
WDCB (Lilli Kuzma)
WNUR (Sue Kessell)
WVPE (Al Kniola)
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

FARM Member States

North Dakota
South Dakota