Workshops & Panels

The FARM 2017 Workshops will be announced HERE in September.  

For now, here is a preliminary list.  Please tell us what you think!  Send an email to Charlie Mosbrook with your thoughts and suggestions.


Workshop preview

Peter Mulvey- Master Class

Rain Perry– Will present a screening of her film “The Shopkeeper” a documentary that explores the issues musicians face with streaming music.

Tim Grimm– Will help lead a panel on Stage craft,

Peter Strand will again be on hand to help you understand the law and the music industry

Andy Cohen and Deb Cowan will lead a workshop exploring traditional music

Sarah Eide leads a workshop that will help musicians get more from their web presence

Mary Sue Wilkinson –From Entertainment to Engagement: The Power of Music in Dementia Care

Michael Johnathon Make A Difference as a “SongFarmer”

Jane Fallon Songs On Purpose: Writing Songs That Say What You Want Them To Say

Robinlee Garber, David G Smith, Mary Sue Wilkinson -Songs For Seniors – how to add gigs at long term care facilities to your career.

The Warming House (Brianna Lane, Greg Neis)- Presenter/venue expectations of artists

Charlie Mosbrook will be part of a panel exploring the role of open mics and songwriting groups in building your local music community

Kari Estrin – PR for musicians

A Folk DJ panel will precede the DJ reception

A small venue roundtable will of course be included.

This year our workshops and panels will follow tracks of interest allowing attendees to schedule specific focus goals for their workshop experience



If you would like to propose a workshop for our 2017 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.



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
Joanne Martin

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM Conferences

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

Location to be announced
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota