Deadlines Approaching!

Important deadlines:

  1. Registration rates go up on August 15! REGISTER NOW!
  2. Hotel rooms are going fast. BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW!
  3. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations accepted till August 15
  4. Just a couple Private Showcase Rooms left – deadline to apply August 30

Still on the fence about attending? Here are just a few good reasons to join us this year.

  1. Key Note Address and Master Songwriting Class presented by John Gorka
  2. Lots of new exciting workshops and panels this year
  3. Lots of opportunities to showcase
  4. Super cool new venue – Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis
  5. Connecting with new and old friends
  6. Mentor sessions
  7. Free display space

If you haven’t been to FARM in the past couple of years, you haven’t been to FARM. Here’s what a couple attendees from last year said.

We LOVE the FARM gathering. We have really found a home. In 2011, we were honored to present a formal showcase and booked five major gigs as a result. Now that private showcasing has been added, there are even more opportunities! We look forward to returning in 2013!” – Bill & Kate Isles

and this from someone who was not an official showcase artists.

The YaYas attended their first FARM in 2011 and from the Performance Lane and Private Showcases, we were able to book some great gigs in the Midwest. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put together a great conference. We had a wonderful experience.  – Jay Mafale (The YaYas)

Official Showcase Artists Confirmed

Thanks to all for your patience as our showcase selection committee listened to 107 submissions (that’s over 321 songs for those of you doing the math) and narrowed it down to the final 14 (plus 2 alternates).

Congratulations to the following 2012 Official Showcase Artists:

  • Andra Suchy (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Ben Bedford (Springfield, IL)
  • Chad Elliott (Coon Rapids, IA)
  • Heather Styka (Chicago, IL)
  • Jack Williams (West Fork, AR)
  • Jon Brooks (Toronto, ON)
  • Karyn Oliver (NYC, NY)
  • Lac La Belle (Detroit, MI)
  • Mike Mangione and the Union (Cedarburg, WI)
  • Red Tail Ring (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Ruth & Max Bloomquist (Muskegon, MI)
  • Shelley Miller (Chicago, IL)
  • SONiA of disappear fear (Baltimore, MD)
  • Sultans of String (Toronto, ON)


  • Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks (Portland, OR)
  • Drive South (Traverse City, MI)

Our sincere gratitude to Chris Kuhn (Two Way Street Coffee House), our Showcase Committee Chair, and the rest of the committee members (who remain anonymous by request) for their time, effort and enthusiasm.

And thanks so much to all who submitted.  I’m told that the quality of submissions this year was exceptional. We hope you will all still plan to attend as there are lots more ways to be heard at FARM; including Performance Lane, Private Showcases and Midwest Radio Presents. Visit the website for details.

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