About FARM


Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is a regional chapter of Folk Alliance International (FAI). Our purposes are to promote traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music and dance and related performing arts in our region, hold an annual regional conference, represent the interests of our members to FAI and carry out such other projects as are of benefit to FAI members in the Midwest.

The Midwest and Canadian Prairies are ripe with an urgent independent spirit lurking in all of its corners. It is first and foremost our goal to nurture this spirit throughout the Midwest and Prairies by doing all we can to foster a sense of community among our members.

As members of a community, we believe in helping each other to develop skills, build networks, and find ways to present our art in both traditional and non-traditional venues. We encourage presenters to cooperate in booking touring musicians and we encourage touring musicians to assist each other along the way. It makes sense for all of us, performers and presenters alike, to come together as often as we can to meet, talk, learn from, dance and sing with each other. Together we will continue to promote the growth of the ever changing world of folk music and dance for future generations.

This is the spirit found at our annual FARM gatherings. We invite you to participate by attending our conference, contributing your talents or otherwise reaching out to this supportive community.


Folk Alliance Region Midwest is currently incorporated in the State of Michigan.

Click here to download a copy of our current Bylaws.



The first Midwest regional conference was held in the fall of 1991. Anyone who’s been on our website prior to now may have noticed that we’ve been stating our founding year as 1996. We have been corrected by those who know. (Check out the History pages for more back story.)

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

2016 Friends:
Sandy Andina
Annie Capps
Mark Dvorak
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Two Way Street Coffee House
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences

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 22 - 25, 2020

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota