Seeking nominations for FARM Award

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award to be presented at our annual conference in Iowa City, IA on October 19, 2017.

The Annual Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award is awarded at the annual FARM Gathering to a living individual who resides in the Midwest and whose involvement in the Midwest folk music and dance community: 1) has been of significant duration, 25 years or more; 2) has been of significant intensity; 3) has involved significant service to the Midwest folk community; 4) has reached, and reaches, beyond a single sector, such as concert performance, into the wider community; and 5) has extended folk music and/or dance outward, into the wider community. The FARM Board has standardized nomination and selection procedures for this award, which is growing in meaning and prestige and which serves not only to honor one person, but to increase awareness of and strengthen ties within and beyond the Midwest folk music and dance community.

Past recipients of the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award include:  Sally Potter (2016), Ann & Will Schmid (2015), Eric Peltoniemi (2014), Jim Blum (2013), Cathy Barton and Dave Para (2012), Bob Blackman (2011), Maggie Ferguson (2009), David Tamulevich (2008), Juel Ulven (2007), Margaret Nelson (2006), Dave Humphreys (2005), Glen & Judi Morningstar (2004), Stan Werbin (2003), Rich Warren (2002), Larry Bruner (2001), Art Thieme (2000).

If you know of someone qualified to receive this award please nominate them so we can honor them at our annual conference.

For more information and to download a nomination form:

FARM Announces One Day Conference (FARMette) in Kansas City – June 24th, 2017

updated April 10th & May 10th.

NOTE!  The deadline for Official Showcase submissions has been EXTENDED to Midnight, Sunday, May 14th.


We are excited to announce that our periodic “FARMette” mini conference will be held

Saturday June 24th, 2017
10am – 10pm

At The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, MO.
We’ll have all of your favorite FARM activities in this one-day conference. There will be break-out sessions, a keynote address, performance lane, and juried official showcases.  
This year’s keynote speaker will be Calvin Arsenia.

Read on for more details, including how to register and how to submit for an Official Showcase slot.

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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

2016 Friends:
Sandy Andina
Annie Capps
Mark Dvorak
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Two Way Street Coffee House
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM Conferences

In Iowa City, IA
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

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

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota