Agents: It’s not such a mystery

by artistsofnote-logoJoann Murdock, founder, Artists of Note

I often chuckle at the famous advice for musicians, commonly attributed to Pete Seeger: “Don’t quit your day job.”

As anyone lucky enough to have created some momentum in a performing career has realized, there is a lot of work involved in building a successful career in music. It’s overwhelming when you start to think of all the different hats you get to wear: musical scores and rehearsals if you have a band; writing, arranging, researching repertoire; travel agent; publicist; record company; equipment and instrument maintenance; clerical and record-keeping; what else — you name it. Continue reading

Bingo! DJ Airplay Secrets Revealed!

bingo cage for Lilli articleBy Lilli Kuzma, host of “Folk Festival”

“How do you pick songs for your show?” is a question I’ve heard many times, usually asked in a soft, somewhat breathless tone, accompanied by a quizzical look. I always get the impression that the expected answer is one that discloses a mysterious process carried out in conjunction with scented candles, chanting, and a certain planetary alignment.

But it’s actually much simpler: as new CDs come in, I stack them alphabetically, then pick up handfuls and shuffle them like a deck of cards. I deal out hands of five from each bunch, then take the titles and write them on ping pong balls, which are then placed in a rolling bingo cage. I crank the handle to turn the cage, remove the ping pong balls that emerge, and gather the winning titles for my playlist. Continue reading

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!

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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
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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

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