Our Regional Organizations
Over the past several years, FAI’s board of directors, regional leaders, and staff have been examining how best to provide services to members beyond the US border.
In particular, it was noted that the primary value to the increased presence of non-US members at regional conferences has been access to US markets for touring, recording, and other opportunities.
FAI remains focused bringing all levels of the folk community together to create new ongoing business and personal relationships. While fully respecting international borders and cultures, and the many fine organizations in each country devoted to supporting touring folk artists and supporting respective music industry networks, FAI continues to seek to support the formation of community around folk music, and the natural touring corridors of each regions.
As a result, and in order to increase long-term value to Canadian members and improve future opportunities in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, it was decided to expand the inclusion of membership beyond the US to reflect the delegate representation at each regional conference.
In part, this is to solidify the international intent and jumpstart new international opportunities in North America and around the world by complimenting activity and reflecting existing interest, without directly competing with similar organizations in other territories.
Effective as of February 2014 all Canadian, Mexican and non-U.S. Caribbean FAI members are eligible full-fledged members of the region most closely associated with their home location. This extended membership provides the authority to vote and run for office in their regional board of directors elections, actively participate in all FAI regional events (including potential future one-day events beyond the US borders, similar to those presented in the US), and to take a more active role within their regions.
Discussions continue regarding FAI participation and relationship to networks in Europe, Central and South America, and Oceania.
These developments are still a work in progress and input is welcomed to help guide the future of each FAI region, as well as international service and activity.
Conference: Sept 23-27, 2020
Holiday Inn – Midtown, Austin, TX
SWRFA serves Arizona, Colorado, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Conference: October 22-25, 2020
Grand Rapids, MI
FARM serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nunavut, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Conference: May 12-16, 2021
The Chattanooga Hotel – Chattanooga, Tennessee
SERFA serves Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Conference: October 8-11, 2020
Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA
FAR-West serves Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northwest Territory, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Yukon Territory.
Conference: November 12-15, 2020
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Stamford, CT
NERFA serves Connecticut, D.C. (and its metro area including the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William (Virginia), Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont