The Village Fund

The Village Fund is a grant program for folk artists and independent music industry professionals experiencing financial hardship, administered by Folk Alliance International.


The Village Fund’s name is inspired by the rural origins of various folk music traditions, the urban villages that expanded the folk audience, and the recognition that folk music forms one global village of fans, artists, and industry professionals alike.


Initial fundraising for the fund has begun, with all proceeds from the public performance tickets to the Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference Showcases going directly to the fund. FAI has committed $25,000 from its reserve and hopes to raise an additional $75,000 in public support for the fund in order to initially distribute 200 grants of $500.


The Village Fund will open applications in May for FAI members and those who have participated in FAI events over the past three years. A simple “financial need” verification process will place all applicants into an eligible pool, and recipients will then be drawn by lottery.

Contribute to the Village Fund

Interesting in supporting The Village Fund? You can either purchase public showcase access to Folk Unlocked, or simply make a tax-deductible donation directly to The Village Fund.

Apply for the Village Fund

The Village Fund is designed to provide support for musicians and independent music industry professionals in need. The minimum requirements include:


    • Proof of past association with Folk Alliance International (membership, FAI conference attendance, or regional conference attendance)
    • Proof of work in the music industry
    • Statements of financial burden or loss of income

If these requirements are met, $500 grants will be awarded through a lottery system, adjusting for diversity, inclusion, equity, and access priorities.

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility starting June 1, 2021, and FAI will provide the first round of grants thereafter. With limited funds available, not all eligible applications will be provided grants. Further grants will be issued dependent on continued fundraising efforts.


The application will open in May of 2021.