Workshops & Panels

The FARM 2016 Workshops will be announced HERE in September.

For now, here is a DRAFT of our workshop lineup.  A teaser if you will.

SongFarmer- Michael Johnathon & Loretta Sawyer

Music Business (PROs) – Peter Strand

Capo Madness – David Haken & Keith Rea

Who Are You? Image and Branding Workshop – Keri Estrin

DJ Panel – Sue Kessell and friends

Songwriting: How to write your masterpiece – David Hakan with Grammy winning songwriters Jon Vezner & Don Henry

Radio Promotion and Alternatives to Getting Your Music to a Wider Audience – Kari Estrin

Songs for Social Justice – Jon Brooks

Small Venue Discussion – Annie Capps & Lee Herman

Old time fiddle music – Iowa Friends of Old Time Music & Dave Moore

Effortless Singing – Brenda Freed

Performance Video Production – Josh Richardson, Lee Herman

Women Folk in Story and Song – Patricia Pettinga

Stage Craft – Mark Dvorak, Chris Vallillo, Spook Handy

Being Your Own Tour Manager, or You Got The Gig, What Next? – Keri Estrin & Annie Capps


Keynote Anne Hills will teach a Master Class.  “Follow That Road: Simple directions for finding your way home”

Sally Potter, our Lifetime Award winner, will lead a Community Sing

And we’ll have a Dance!


If you would like to propose a workshop for our 2016 conference, there is still a little time.  Send an email to  Charlie Mosbrook 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 or other Folk Conference event? When?
  3. Will you be attending the entire conference? Any scheduling requests

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


At FARM we think the workshops at your conference are a key part of an educational, fun, and worthwhile conference. Our workshop coordinator, Charlie Mosbrook, has been hard at work developing another amazing slate of workshops and related events for this year’s conference.


Folk DJ Panel

Workshops and Panels Overview

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, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.

Workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons.




2016 FARM Workshops and programs














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 29 - November 1, 2020

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota