FARM Announces 2017 Awardees

We are proud to honor:

Dave Moore, 2017 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Award Winner

and Andy Cohen, 2017 Lantern Bearer Award Winner.  

Join the ceremony Thursday night, Oct 19th

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Moore was raised in Cedar Rapids and resides in Iowa City. He records for Red House records, and has toured throughout the United States and Canada.   Dave was a frequent guest on American Public Radio`s “A Prairie Home Companion”. He was the recipient of a National Endowment For The Arts grant in 1987 to study conjunto music in San Antonio. In Iowa, he was an artist in residence in the schools.



One doesn’t condense seventy years into five hundred words without losing something in the translation, but if you can imagine a life in which all efforts were subordinated to a single, preservationist theme, that’s Andy Cohen.  Ten years of grad school, thirty years of Archaeology, fifty years of playing old music and seventy years of listening to it in back of his advocacy position. As older ways of doing, making and thinking get replaced by shallow plastic pat answers designed for particular market niches, the older music that Andy and others do serves as a touchstone


Read more about Dave, Andy, and the annual FARM awards HERE.


FARM Board of Directors Election

FARM members should be watching for an email requesting nominations for the FARM Board of Directors. The FARM election process can be found in the bylaws which are on the FARM website at .
This year there are 6 board positions open for election. The FARM Board, acting as the nominating committee, has nominated the following individuals: Nancy Emrich, Brianna Lane, Cindy Morgan, Charlie Mosbrook, Smitty Smith and Lola Tyler. Nancy, Smitty and Lola are current board members seeking re-election.
A bylaw change approved by the membership last year increases the term for board members from 2 years to 3. The board needs to create 3 classes with 3 members each so that no more that 3 board positions will be up for election in any year. To achieve this the board has decided for the 2017 election the top 3 candidates in the vote count will get a 3 year term. And the next 3 candidates in the vote count will get a 2 year term.
The board’s nominees will be presented to the FARM membership, by email, no later than 90 days prior to the annual membership meeting. The annual membership meeting is held on the last day of FARM’s October conference.
The FARM membership will then have 30 days to make their own nominations. Nominations from the membership must be accompanied by a short biography, hi-res photo and 3 letter of recommendations. The letters of recommendation can be emails and need only to state the sender’s recommendation.
If there are no additional nominees from the FARM membership, the election is considered completed and the individuals nominated by the board are elected. Should this occur, the 3 incumbent board members will get the 3 year terms and the 3 new board members will get the 2 year terms. If the FARM membership makes additional nominations an electronic ballot will be emailed to the membership no later than 30 days prior to the annual membership meeting. Results of the election will be announced at the annual FARM membership meeting. .
FARM membership includes all active FAI members who reside in the FARM region or have designated FARM as their home region. Some individuals have their membership through an organization. The organization maintains the right to exercise their votes. The election emails will go to the email address on record for that organization not to the individual members of that organization. Only active members on the date emails are sent will be included. If you want to participate in the FARM election, now is a good time to join or renew your Folk Alliance International membership.
FAI handles the election process on our behalf.
Bob Hofbauer
FARM Board President

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