Artist Showcase Application Deadline for the 2019 Folk Alliance International in Montreal is Aug. 15

The are only six days left to submit artist showcase applications for the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference and festival, which will be held in Montreal from Feb. 13-17, 2019. The showcase application deadline is Aug. 15, 2018. This will be the first time that FAI, the world’s largest roots music conference and showcase, has returned to Canada in five years.

Information on artists applications is available at

Founded in 1989, FAI is the largest organization and conference for the folk music industry. In 2018, 2,850 delegates (agents, managers, labels, journalists, festivals, venues, artists) from 35 countries attended. The conference program features professional development workshops, industry panels, master classes, business networking sessions, and keynote presentations.The economic impact for the conference host city has been assessed (by VisitKC) at $5 million (USD). Previous Canadian editions have included Calgary (1992), Vancouver (2001), Montréal (2005), and Toronto (1997, 2013).

FAI presents 180 jury-selected Official Showcase performances featuring established artists and tour-ready emerging talent from around the world who are diverse in sound, culture, geography, and language. Showcases are 30-minute sets on full production stages.

From Aug. 1 to the deadline on Aug. 15, 2018, the cost is $25 USD for FAI members and $50 USD for non-members. Those selected to showcase will be notified by Sept. 15, 2018.

For more information on applying, including details on eligibility and the radius clause, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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