FARM Board of Directors Election

Attention FARM members. Be watching your email at the end of July for information on the FARM Board of Directors election. The email will be sent by Folk Alliance who administers the election process.

Only current Folk Alliance members who reside in the FARM region (or have designated FARM as their region of choice) will receive the election email. Membership must be current on the day the email is sent. Please check for when your membership expires and renew if necessary. If you are not a Folk Alliance member click here for membership information:

FARM bylaws set the procedure for the election of its board of directors. The board of directors acts as the nominating committee to fill open board positions. This year there are two openings and the current board members, R J Cowdery and Randy Styka are seeking re-election. The board is responsible for presenting its slate of nominees to the membership 90 days before the annual meeting (held at the FARM conference). FARM members then have 30 days (60 days before the annual meeting) to submit additional nominees.

If you are interested in FARM leadership, here is your opportunity. Remember, you must be a current Folk Alliance member to participate.

Bob Hofbauer, President, FARM Board of Director

FARM Accepting Official Showcase Submissions!!


The submissions were closed, as planned, on May 31st.  There has been a slight delay in the evaluation process, and we plan to privately contact selected artists the last week in July, and publicly announce the selected artists at the end of July.

Questions may be directed to Lee Herman (link below).  Thank you for your submissions and for your patience.


We are NOW accepting submissions for an Official Showcase spot at FARM 2016 (Oct 27 – 30, Iowa City).

Click HERE for details and to file your submission!

Split between the evenings of October 28th & 29th, FARM 2016 will feature 14 Official Showcase Artists.  There is only one Official Showcase happening at a time, and there are no other conference events during the Official Showcase time.  In other words, all eyes will be on YOU when you perform!

2016 Submissions will follow the same process as year’s past.  Submissions will be accepted until May 31st.  Official Showcase Artists will be privately notified July 1st, and the public announcement will be July 15th.
We’re looking forward to another year of spectacular Official Showcases in October!  If you haven’t registered yet, do so now HERE!  See you at FARM!
Email inquiries to Lee Herman

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