Official Showcase Application

Interested in Performing an Official Showcase?

Official Showcases at the 2024 conference will be performed in person at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO.

Official Showcase applications are currently closed for the 2024 FAI Conference. The deadline was July 24th, 2023. Click here to open a PDF preview of this year’s Offical Showcase Application.


June 1, 2023: Official Showcase applications open

June  22, 2023: Last day of early bird pricing

July 24, 2023: Purchase of Official Showcase applications close at 5:00 PM CT (application must be submitted by 5:00 pm on July 25, 2023)

August 30, 2023: Official Showcase artists notified

September 12, 2023: Official Showcase artists announced publicly


Membership is not required to submit an application. All selected artists and accompanying musicians are required to be paid registrants of the conference.

 All non-US artists must be legally able to enter the United States and are responsible for acquiring all necessary travel permits including visas when necessary.

 INELIGIBLE: Artists are not allowed to showcase as an Official Showcase artist for more than two consecutive years without a gap year. This policy ensures turnover and access to Official Showcases for our wide community of established and emerging artists.

Radius Clause

In order not to compete with Folk Alliance International Official Showcases, and to maximize the community and career impact of presenter and industry attendance on-site, artists selected for an Official Showcase are not permitted to perform concerts within a 15 mile (24 kilometer) radius of the conference hotel between the hours of 4pm – 3am, Feb 21-25, 2024.

  • This clause does not restrict Private Showcases at the conference, radio performances, media interviews, or in-store signings.
  • Off-site events (within the above conference dates/times/distance) cannot be promoted in any advance communication to the FAI delegate list or in any on-site branding, advertising, announcements, or activity.
  • Any use of the Folk Alliance International name or logo (in relation to an off-site event) must be approved in writing by FAI in advance of all events and promotion.

Official Showcase Application Fee

June 1 – June 22, 2023: 

FAI members $20, non-members $40

June 23 – July 17, 2023: 

FAI members $25, non-members $50

Official Showcase application fees are non-refundable.

What You’ll Need to Complete the Application

  1. Credit card for application fee
  2. Contact information for the artist and all representation
  3. 50-word bio (3rd-person)
  4. Two different artist/band headshot photos (300dpi, color)
  5. Link to 1-2 audio files (note: the jury cannot review downloads, Dropbox or Google Drive files)
  6. Link to 1 video of a live performance of the proposed showcase format
  7. Links to the most recent highest profile media reviews
  8. The most significant nominations or awards the artist has won
  9. Names/roles of all band members
  10. Stage plot (.pdf)


If accepted for a showcase, artists are required to post that they are an Official Showcase artist on social media using the FAI provided badge. This action is part of the artist’s contract.

Official Showcases are “festival style” performances, meaning that there are no sound checks and the lighting is set. The performances are 30 minutes long with a 15 minute change over. All performances take place in hotel ballrooms. There is no guaranteed use of in-ear-monitors.

Official Showcase performances are not open to the public. There are no public tickets or guest passes available. All attendees of the Official Showcases must be registered delegates of the conference. 

Discounted Registration Fee for Official Showcase Applicants