Apply to be an Official Showcase Juror

Juror Information

Jurors are needed to review and score every Official Showcase application with the goal of all applications being reviewed by at least three jurors during each stage. The jury review process is done entirely through google sheets. 

Past jurors have included festival artistic directors, venue bookers, journalists, DJs, and industry representatives, in addition to full-time international touring artists. Ideally, jurors have a broad view of the folk music genre and the current scene for one of the following: Canada, the United States, or the international market.


To qualify as a juror, individuals must:

  • be an active professional in the music industry for 5+ years
  • be knowledgeable of multiple subgenres of folk
  • declare any and all conflicts of interest
  • commit to anonymity and confidentiality
  • endorse the strategic priority of diversity and inclusion in FAI programming

Artist jurors must be a past FAI Official Showcase artist and are ineligible to apply to showcase this year.

Definition of Folk 

FAI actively presents and promotes (but is not limited to) the following subgenres of folk: 

Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Hip-Hop, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, Zydeco, and various fusions.


Juror Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Jurors Finalized & Notified: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Official Showcase Application Review Window: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 – Monday, August 22, 2022 

Official Showcase applications are reviewed in two stages. 

  1. Jurors must be able to commit to 3-5 hours between Wednesday, August 3, 2022, and Monday, August 8, 2023, to independently review the first stage. 
  2. Jurors must be able to commit 5-10 hours between Friday, August 12, 2022, and Monday, August 22, 2022, to independently review the second stage.

Conflict of Interest 

    Conflicts of interest must be declared at the time of juror application. If a juror stands to gain personally or professionally (in business or financially) from the positive or negative outcome of an applicant’s results, it is a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest do not disqualify an applicant from participation on the jury, but restrict the juror from viewing or scoring applications identified as conflicts. A personal or working relationship with any artist who has applied for a showcase constitutes a conflict of interest. Please note any conflicts in the form.


    Jurors are required to conduct online reviews of 200 to 250 applications, including audio and video tracks within the set review time in order for FAI to notify all applicants of their status by the public deadline as identified in the Timeline section. 


    Participation is anonymous and confidentiality is required.


      Each juror receives $250 USD honorarium in addition to a complimentary 2023 conference registration (a $675 non-member value). If you are unable to attend, you may transfer the 2023 registration to someone else or use it in 2024.