The Presenter Outreach program for the annual FAR-West Music Conference continues to grow each year. We are always expanding our efforts to bring venue representatives to our conferences.
FAR-West Presenter Outreach involves ever developing connections with potential venue representatives which includes modest financial assistance (by invitation only) for a limited number of candidates, education to stimulate house concert formation and other venue creation, our Thursday night Venues’ Choice showcase, specific panel/workshop content to assist venues in their daily operations and much more.
The FAR-West Board of Directors is well aware of the importance of having many quality presenters at our conferences. Beyond bookings for our performer attendees, venues, festivals and other presenters are the cornerstones of our musical community. Their participation is vital to the networking, education and outreach components of our conferences.
Presenter outreach and sponsorship is built on the generous donations from our members, as well as outside supporters of our artists. If you are thinking of contributing, it is still early enough in the year to put those funds to work immediately for the upcoming conference. If presenter attendance is of special importance to you, you can specify “Presenter Outreach” with your donation, either through the website or by a direct check mailing to our Treasurer, Ronnie Weinberger (as noted on our website sponsorship page).
We are always building, updating and revising our database of presenters/venues and looking for volunteers who can make direct contact with specific locations where you play, would like to play, or just love to listen. In addition, we are always looking for publications (print or online), blogs, and other outlets that speak to both venue operators and the audience members who attend shows. Our DJ outreach program is also looking for more people to invite to our conference.
In addition to the assistance from cash donations, FAR-West has always been built on the efforts of a large, impressive and generous group of volunteers. Please join those of us who already contribute many hours, year round, to help make the annual conference a warm, inspiring and productive experience for everyone.