FARMette 2017 in Kansas City – June 24th

Our periodic “FARMette” mini conference will be held

Saturday June 24th, 2017
10am – 10pm

At The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, MO.
We’ll have all of your favorite FARM activities in this one-day conference. There will be break-out sessions, a keynote address, performance lane, and juried official showcases.  
This year’s keynote speaker will be Calvin Arsenia.

NOTE!  The deadline for Official Showcase submissions has passed.



9-10a: On-site Registration
10-10:05a: Welcome/Opening Remarks
10:10-10:55a: Breakout Session I
Crowdsourcing for Artists or House Concerts 101
11-11:55: Breakout Session II
Leveraging Your FAI Membership or Protest Songs
12-1:30p: Lunch Break
1:30-3:20p: Performance Lane
3:30-3:55p: Keynote Speaker Calvin Arsenia
4-5:50p: Performance Lane
6-7:30p Dinner Break
7:30-9:50p Official Showcases
9:50-10p: Closing Remarks/Thank You


Morning Breakout Sessions

We’ll have two sets of morning breakout sessions—one for artists and one for the community.  The Artist Track will feature two 1-hour sessions specifically geared to working musicians and will be presented by working musicians. These are: Crowd Sourcing for Artists and Leveraging Your FAI Membership.

The two 1-hour Community Track sessions will be tailored to non-musicians who are interested in learning more about folk music. These are: House Concerts 101 and Protest Songs.

Performance Lane

Performance Lane is one of the most popular features of the FARM conference.  At this year’s FARMette, we are happy to offer 44 performance lane opportunities for attending performers!  Each performer will get 10 minutes to show their stuff.

Official Showcases

There will be 7 juried official showcases at this year’s FARMette.  

Announcing the FARMette 2017 Official Showcase artists:

Betse & Clarke
Jodee Lewis
Caleb Ryan Martin
Ryan Herrick
Jeff Krause
john l. keck
Bill Scorzari



NOTE!  The deadline for Official Showcase submissions has passed.

Keynote Speaker Calvin Arsenia

“Transcendent.” “Amazing.”  “Wonderful.”  These are just some of the words used to describe this year’s FARMette keynote speaker Calvin Arsenia.  This two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artist has travelled the world performing his brand of experimental music that is unwilling to be confined by genre.


Tickets / registration are just $25 and are available HERE. 

Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.

See you in Kansas City on June 24th!


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Questions can be directed to FARM Board Member Don Simon via email at

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