FARM Announces Award Recipients

Jim Blum Photo 2FARM’s Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award is being presented to Jim Blum.

Jim Blum has been hosting Folk music programs in Northeast Ohio on the NPR affiliate 89.7 FM, WKSU every weekend for 32 years.  He is also heard around the world on, a 24/7 folk music stream with a companion website full on photos, videos, reviews, blogs, and pod-casts.

Jim’s goal early on was to give Folk artists the same professional platform that Classical musicians were already receiving on the radio.  His charm was in being able to reach out of that radio into the hearts of his listeners endearing him to thousands by weaving in his love for the music with his passion for nature, country living, and rescue animals of which he has 10.  Through his early programs his audience discovered Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss for the first time, and Jim continued to introduce bright new talents until his recent retirement in January.

He has received countless awards, including a 1st place PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc.) for his interview with Judy Collins and a Cleveland Press Club award for Best Use of Sound for his environmental series “Beyond the Backyard. ” He has also been recognized with an regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Along with being a radio host and producer, Jim is an actor having appeared in over 100 industrial films and stage productions. He plans to become one of the first to climb Mt. Rainier with a replacement hip.


Mark Dvorak PhotoFARM’s Lantern Bearer Award is being presented to Mark Dvorak.

For the last thirty years, Mark Dvorak has woven together a career from the disparate threads of touring musician, educator and community builder.

He has helped launch no less than five grass-roots arts organizations in the Chicago area, most notably The Plank Road Folk Music Society, and became a key member of the faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music when that venerable institution was revitalized in the late 1980s.

As a performer, Mark has given concerts in almost all of the United States and made visits to Finland and Ireland. He has released sixteen albums to date of traditional and original music. His songbook ranges across the American heartland, his performances informative and inspirational.

He has won awards for children’s music, journalism and was honored in 2008 with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Chicago Tribune has called him, “masterful,” the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Last year WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him, “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

FARM Announces Private Showcase Hosts

Hello FARM friends!!

One of the wonderful performance opportunities at FARM is our Private Showcases (some conferences call them Guerrilla showcases, but we’ve never seen a guerrilla on our farm yet…..).  The FARM Conference is October 24 – 27, 2013 at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

We typically have a dozen or so hotel rooms, all on the same floor, where our wonderful Private Showcase hosts present their favorite musicians from midnight to 2am each night of the conference.  It’s another performance opportunity for our musicians, an opportunity for our venue operators to ‘check out’ the musicians, and a feast for all fans of great folk music.

We want to provide two updates about Private Showcases with this communication.

First, there are still opportunities for YOU to host a private showcase room.  We’ve got room for a few more, and it’s first come first served.  If you have any questions about hosting a Private Showcase, read about it on the FARM website, Private Showcases, and if you still have questions after that, contact Smitty at andhe’ll take care of you.

Second, if you are a musician looking for performance opportunities, we’re happy to tell you about the eleven wonderful hosts that have already committed to providing you with hundreds of performance opportunities.  Click here to see a list of the 2013 Private Showcase Hosts.

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