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 online through a software platform called Festival Pro.
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.
Juror applications for the 2022 Official Showcases are now closed
To qualify as a juror, individuals must:
- be an active professional in the music industry
- 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, September 1, 2021
Jurors Finalized & Notified: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Official Showcase Application Review Window: Friday, October 1 – Monday, October 25, 2021
Official Showcase applications are reviewed in two stages.
- Jurors must be able to commit to 3-5 hours between Friday, October 1 and Thursday, October 7, 2021, to independently review the first stage.
- Jurors must be able to commit 5-10 hours between Tuesday, October 12 and Monday, October 25, 2021, 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 2022 conference registration (a $600 non-member value). If you are unable to attend, you may transfer the 2022 registration to someone else or use it in 2023.