in Oakland, CA, Oct 15-18!
Early Bird Registration is just $150 for Folk Alliance members, and $175 for non-members through May 31st. Click here to start the registration process. You can even join FAI now and register at the discounted rate. It won’t be any cheaper than this!
While you are registering for the conference, please be sure to check out all of the opportunities that will increase your profile at the conference. You can log back into your registration and make changes any time prior to the conference, but remember that some options have deadlines.
**Musicians! Official Showcase Submissions are open until April 30th! There are 13 slots available; read the 2015 updated Application Process and submit! You never know unless you try!**
Hosting a Private Guerrilla Showcase (PGS) is a great way for artists to ensure that they have the late night showcase slots they want or for a venue, host or agent to feature favorite artists or clients. Musicians can schedule themselves first, guaranteeing showcase opportunities. Most hosts charge a small fee to showcasing artists to help offset PGS room costs.
Any artist (solo, duo, or trio) can sign up to play in the Susanne Millsaps Memorial Coffeehouse, on a first come, first scheduled basis. SMMC showcases, with a limited number of slots “in the round,” will be held on Friday and Saturday afternoons in a ballroom with stage and sound. Artists who choose to perform in the Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse should watch for the scheduling email from the coordinator later in the spring.
Musicians coming to FAR-West for the first time can sign up during registration to play in the New Voices in the West PGS room. This room is filled first come, first scheduled, based on registration date. If you are a FAR-West first-timer, you will get an email from the New Voices organizers after July 1 to schedule your performance slot.
Our Networking Center is a hub of conference activity, and hosting a table is a way for you meet and connect with other conference attendees. Tables can be reserved either as a half table for $55 or a whole table for $90. In addition to displaying your music and posters and any other merchandise, you can also set up a laptop, tablet or mp3 player (with headphones only, please) to show your performances or to share your music. Electrical hook ups are available, for an additional $10 charge, to save those batteries. If you provide your own hotspot, you can set your tablet or laptop to your YouTube channel. If you intend to sell your merch, please note that you will need to get a temporary CA sellers permit. All Networking Center info is here.
Every attendee gets a copy of our official program book. Our Program Book is given to all attendees at the conference. It will include a schedule of events happening throughout the weekend, information about showcases, the Best of the West Awards Ceremony, Networking Center exhibitors and a complete directory of all registrants. Attendees have been known to keep and refer to these books all year long. Please consider placing a paid advertisement in the program book. You may purchase your advertisement now or add it to your registration at a later date. There are a variety of choices including the covers, full page color ads in the beginning of the program, and full, half and quarter page black and white ads throughout the program. Ad prices start at $55 for a quarter page, black and white ad.
The program book is just one of the things included in our conference tote bag. The FAR-West Tote Bag is a great way to get your name, CD, showcase schedule, smiling face, logo or any other promotional items out to your fellow folkies. For $110, you can have your name or logo imprinted onto the Tote Bag as well as an item inserted inside … like a flyer, your conference showcase schedule, a sampler CD, or an item that will make your name memorable to all attendees. You can also choose just the bag insert for $65. In either case, you will need to provide approximately 400 inserts prior to the tote bag stuffing party (Thursday afternoon) at the conference.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Don’t forget that you can update your registration at any time. Once registered for the conference itself, you then have time to think about and look at the options and make decisions later. Just be aware that some of those options have deadlines or, like the New Voices in the West PGS room or the Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse, can fill up at any time.
Still have questions? Email us and we’ll try to help!
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See you in October!