Volunteer at the Conference

Who can volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer at the conference. You do not need to be in the music industry to volunteer – a good portion of our volunteers are enthusiastic folk fans.

Volunteer Perks

  • Free conference registration
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Hospitality room*

While we do our best to have food available, the amount of meals depends on how much food is donated. We aim to provide each volunteer 2 meals during the conference.


  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Work a minimum of 16 hours (members) or 22 hours (non-members) at the conference. Please note that there are a limited number of non-member volunteer positions available with priority given to members. Member applications will be  approved starting in September whereas non-members approval starts in mid-November. Become a member of FAI here.
  • Attend the on-site volunteer orientation
  • Have a valid email address (no sharing of email addresses)
  • Agree to the FAI Volunteer Code of Ethics

Volunteer Structure

As a volunteer, you will be assigned to a specific team (security, production, runner, etc.) each with its own Crew Chief. Crew Chiefs are responsible for scheduling and training a specific volunteer area of the conference and they are also responsible for checking in with their volunteers throughout the conference to ensure that volunteers understand their assignment.

Volunteer teams include:

  • Accessibility
  • Communications/Social Media
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Green Team
  • Hospitality/Food Services
  • Information
  • Instrument Check
  • Load-in/Load-out
  • Merch
  • Official Showcase Room Volunteer
  • One-on-One Networking Sessions
  • Panels/Daytime Programming
  • Private Showcases
  • Production Team
  • Registration
  • Runners
  • Safety
  • Security/Doorkeepers
  • Special Projects
  • Volunteer Room