Volunteer at FARM

Volunteers are the life-blood of the FARM conference, staffing positions from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. (yes,Virginia, there really are volunteers on duty 17 hours per day). Each year, we are looking for friendly and hard-working folks to help us put on this whole event. In return, we offer volunteers a refund on their registration fees (more about that later). We need people for the following positions:

On-site registration

Set-up & preparation (Thursday morning only)

Tote bag stuffing (Wednesday evening only)

Door monitors for Keynote, showcases, performance lane, meals

Workshop monitors

Hall monitor for private showcases (midnight to 2 a.m.

Instrument check

Stage assistant/go-fer

CD sales during showcases


Volunteer shifts can vary between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the job. Volunteers who work 4 hours receive a 50% refund of registration fees, while those who work 8 hours receive a 100% refund of their registration fees.   Work as many hours as you want or are able, but we aren’t able to offer additional compensation beyond refund of registration fees. All volunteers do have our undying gratitude, as FARM could not function without you!


Contact our volunteer coordinator, Cindy Morgan, at morgan.cindy@att.net, if you are interested in volunteering this year.


PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING information in your email:

Arrival date & time

Departure date & time

Contact info (phone, email)

Number of hours you’d like to work

Job choices (list top 3 preferences) – the sooner you volunteer, the better your choices

Any times during the conference you are unavailable, for any reason (ex: late night, early morning, other event)


Beyond the Conference

Please contact us if you have skills you believe might be helpful to our organization.

The more of us who put our energy and ideas into the organization, the more useful FARM will be to folk music and dance in the Midwest and those of us that perform and manage. Much of the organizational process of FARM is accomplished over the internet between the Annual FARM Gatherings.

If you can you answer these questions, it will help us immensely:

  • Is there a venue in your area that should know about Folk Alliance and FARM?
  • Is there a conference hotel in your area that would be a good location for a future gathering?
  • Would you like to help plan future Gatherings?
  • Is there a workshop you would love to see?

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

Wayne Greene (radiowayne.com)
Sandy Andina
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Mark Dvorak
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kari Estrin
Annie Capps

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM conferences in Iowa City, IA

* October 22 - 25, 2015
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota