About FAI Membership

Why Join Folk Alliance International?

We’re all passionate about folk, but we’re also aware of the challenges that come with building a sustainable career in folk music. To break down the barriers, we’ve created a robust membership program dedicated to strengthening the genre and supporting those who have made a career out of it.

Members of Folk Alliance International are part of a worldwide professional network. Our membership program is intended to provide connection, access, and support to the broad range of professionals in the folk genre.

Whether you’re an artist looking to build a team and meet songwriting collaborators, or a festival director searching for undiscovered talent, becoming a member allows you to reach your career goals and become an official part of the extended folk community. Industry members get discounts to our conference, work visa letters of support, access to exclusive online content, the ability to vote in the International Folk Music Awards and serve on the board of directors, and so much more.

We offer memberships for individuals and groups, and each membership renews on the annual start date, May 1.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have! Feel free to email us at fai@folk.org or call 816-221-3655 to speak with a friendly staff member.

Member Benefits

FAI 501c3 Group Exemption

Organization members of FAI may apply for the Group Exemption program. Under the Group Exemption program, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes an organization as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you are interested in learning more about the Group Exemption Program, required paperwork, fees and eligibility, please contact FAI headquarters at 816-221-FOLK (3655) or email membership@folk.org. More info here.

FAI House Concert Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) Agreement

FAI negotiated an agreement with ASCAP and BMI on behalf of member House Concert presenters who meet the terms of the agreement – to hold events in private homes with an invitation list only with no public marketing – to ensure they are not subject to any PRO fees. There is NO additional fee to qualify for this member service. More info here.

Letter of Support for Work Visa Application

For our members, FAI will write a letter to support your work visa application. Click here to see the required information. (Login required to submit)

Folk Ed. and CommUNITY Online Webinar Series

As part of Folk Alliance International’s ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts, Folk Ed. and CommUNITY Online are webinar programs providing professional and career development opportunities to the FAI community. Learn more here.

Folk DJ Contact List

This list of email contact information of folk DJs is available only to FAI members and is updated regularly. Access the list here.

Member-Only Discounts


Folk Alliance International members can enroll and use CelebrityAccess for ONLY $350 per user per year! That’s 60% off the retail price of $899.

  • Get direct contact for over 75,000 entertainers.
  • Complete Agency and Management Rosters.
  • Over 25,000 worldwide venue profiles with personnel listings.
  • and so much more! Enroll now for more information.

Log in to your FAI account to get the member’s only enrollment code.

NACC Chart

Exclusive FAI member access to NACC Folk Chart. Members who are industry professionals can subscribe to access the folk chart for $50/month. Members who are artists can access the folk chart for $25/month with a three-month minimum.

Log in to your FAI account to get the member’s only discount page.

If you are interested in providing a benefit to the membership of FAI contact: membership@folk.org.