Workshops & Panels

The FARM 2017 Workshops will be:


FARM 2017 Workshop Schedule



Thursday October  19, 2017

Track 4 1:00 pm – First Timers- Lee Herman Lindquist
Track 4 1:00 pm – Songs for Seniors Review – David G. Smith Lucas
Track 1 2:00- 3:15 pm – Master Class Peter Mulvey Amos Dean B & C
Track 4 3:15- 4:30 pm – Community Sing -Mark Dvorak Amos Dean B & C

Friday October 20, 2017

Track 2 Understanding Presenter Expectations- Briana Lane, The Warming House Amos Dean A
Track 4 How to host and promote Open Mics & Sognwriter Groups – Charlie Mosbrook, Emily White Lucas
Track 1 Songs On Purpose: Writing Songs That Say What You Want Them To Say- Jane Fallon Amos Dean D
Track 2 Music Law 101- Peter Strand Lindquist
  Folk DJ Panel Johnson 1 & 2
Track 4 Midwest Music Foundation Presentation- Scott Easterday Lindquist

Saturday October 21, 2017

  9:00 AM  
  Dance and Traditional Jam with Cindy Morgan & Jim Hall Amos Dean B & C
Track 4 Traditional Music- Andy Cohen Amos Dean D
Track 1 Stagecraft- Tim Grimm, Peter Mulvey Amos Dean A
Track 2 Getting the Most From Your Web Presence- Sarah Eide Lindquist
Track 3 Venue Discussion- Lee Herman Lucas
Track 4 From Entertainment to Engagement: The Power of Music in Dementia Care- Mary Sue Wilkinson Johnson 1 & 2
Track 1 Acoustic blues Guitar workshop Andy Cohen, Chris Vallilo Amos Dean D
Track 2 Managing your To Do List- Kari Estrin Lucas
Track 2 Being Your Own Tour Manager – Less Stress, More Fun, Better Results!- Steffanie Cofell Amos Dean A
Track 4 SongFarmer- Michael Jonathon Johnson 1 & 2
Track 2 “The Shop Keeper” Screening and discussion – Rain Perry Lindquist
Track 4 Midwest Music Foundation Presentation- Scott Easterday Lindquist
  Track 1: Musician Technique  
  Track 2: Business  
  Track 3: Venue interest  
  Track 4: Community  


If you would like to propose a workshop for our 2018 conference, 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.



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:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

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

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota