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The mission of Folk Alliance International is: To nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community -- traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional -- through education, advocacy and performance.
The Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriter).
The annual February conference (now in its 28th year) draws over 2,500 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2015 conference represented the over 20 countries.
Recent advocacy efforts have included addressing issues related to obtaining visas for international touring, a Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) agreement on behalf of house concert presenters, the release of a white paper on Copyright and Royalties, and a tip sheet for artists traveling by air with instruments.
FAI is a 501c3 registered US charity with 5 regional affiliate organizations that also present conferences and other programming in support of its membership.