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International Folk Alliance
Executive Director Report to Members
March 3, 2014
I hope this post conference report finds you well. If you were not in Kansas City for the recent International Folk Alliance Conference and Winter Music Camp, then you missed a magic week. Here in KC we set a new record today for the coldest high temperature on record for the month of March. Today was a high of 3 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -20 plus a few inches of snow and sleet. It was over 60 degrees on the first day of the conference. Huge thanks to the collective karma of the 2500+ registrants for the great conference weather. Please come back soon. To those that could not join us this year, we hope to see in KC next year.
There are many people to thank and I will do my best not to miss anyone. Huge thanks to the people of Kansas City for such an amazing welcome. Thanks to our FAI Board of Directors for their continued support. Kudos to our fantastic office and conference staff including Jerod, Jennifer, Kirk, Joelle, Mark, Beth, Cindy, Betsy, Mike, Scott, Bruce, Bryant, Randy, Michaela Anne, Mr. Wrycraft, Kathy, Melodye, Jason, Shawn, and all of our incredible volunteers. Thanks to the Westin and Sheraton for providing a beautiful home for our events. The KC CVA for the See KC transportation support. Sonny Ochs for another incredible Wisdom of the Elders. MusiCares for the HealthFair. Cheryl Duckett, Linda McRae & James Whitmire for the Outreach support. All of the panelists and instructors that made learning and discussion a pleasure. All the filmmakers for sharing their works. Sue Kessell, Rich Warren and all the Folk DJ’s. All the exhibitors. All the sponsors. All the local and national media. All the artists for sharing their talents.
Huge thanks to Christine Lavin for the Concert Window broadcast raising over $1000 for our scholarship fund and to Catie Curtis for heading up our Pete Seeger tribute shows. Much appreciated.
There is no way to share all the highlights, but I want to give big thanks to Graham Nash and Al Gore for the bookend keynotes. Big thanks to Joel, Jon and everyone that helped make these special.
Please feel free to post your favorite moments to our Facebook page and please send any special photos you would like to share to fa [at] folk [dot] org.
We have been posting links to all reviews and news coverage on this year’s conference and camp plus we will post photo galleries later this week on our website. For the latest reviews and features, check http://www.folkalliance.org/news/features--reviews-from-fai-2014/
The office will reopen this coming week, but it will take us the rest of the month to determine final numbers. It appears that this was our largest conference with over 2500 confirmed registrants. Thank you all.
If you happen to find yourself in Austin for SXSW, please add our FAI All Day Threadgill’s Party to your social calendar. There is no badge, wristband, or cover charge required.
The Party is Saturday, March 15 at Threadgill’s World Headquarters at Riverside & Barton Springs Rd. We will have performances on both the indoor and outdoor stages. See you there.
12:00pm-12:25pm Raina Rose (Austin, TX)
12:30pm-12:55pm Robby Hecht (Nashville, TN)
1:00pm-1:25pm Ellis Paul (Boston, MA)
1:30pm-1:55pm The Mastersons (Austin, TX)
2:00pm-2:25pm Betse Ellis & Friends (Kansas City, MO)
2:30pm-2:55pm Tim Easton (Nashville, TN)|
3:00pm-3:45pm Mandolin Orange (Carrboro NC)
4:00pm-4:45pm The Black Lillies (Knoxville, TN)
5:00pm-5:45pm John Fullbright (Okemah, OK)
6:00pm-7:00pm Blackie & the Rodeo Kings (Canada/Nashville)
12:00pm-12:25pm Wild Ponies (East Nashville, TN)
12:30pm-12:55pm Actual Wolf (Grand Rapids, MN)
1:00pm-1:25pm JP Hoe (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
1:30pm-1:55pm Amy Black (Somerville, MA)
2:00pm-2:25pm Aaron Lee Tasjan (East Nashville, TN)
2:30pm-2:55pm Anthony Da Costa (New York, NY)
3:00pm-3:25pm Steve Poltz (San Diego, CA)
3:30pm-3:55pm Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys (Nashville, TN)
4:00pm-4:25pm Ali Holder (Austin, TX)
4:30pm-4:55pm Susan Herndon (Okemah, OK)
5:00pm-5:25pm The Spring Standards (New York, NY)
5:30pm-6:00pm Farewell Drifters (Nashville, TN)
Springtime is the time of year when we re-examine our member services and look for new services that will benefit our membership. If you or your company have a service you would like to offer at a discount to our members, please send me the information for consideration. The full list of member services are posted on our website and will also be included in our Summer Newsletter that will be distributed in June.
If your membership is up for renewal, we hope you will consider renewing. Your membership provides us the ability to grow as an organization and there is always strength in numbers. Our membership has been over 3000 strong for the past 14 months and with you help, we can reach for 4000 members by this time next year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As of February 20, 2014 (expiration date)
David Hirshland (exp 2015)
Michelle Conceison (exp 2016)
Joan Kornblith (2015)
Donald Davidoff (exp 2015)*
Chris Frayer (exp 2015)
Renee Bodie (exp 2017)
Art Menius (exp 2016)
Anya Siglin (exp 2016)
Dan Navarro (exp 2015)
Tim McFadden (exp 2015)
Wendy Waldman (exp 2016)
Mary Sue Twohy (2017)
Jean Spivey (2017)
Ralph Jaccodine (2016)
Lisa Schwartz (2016)
Erika Wollam-Nichols (2015)*
Matt Smith (2017)
Michael Kornfeld (2017)
THE FOLK STORE
It has been quiet around the store since the holidays in preparation for our annual conference. We will use the month of March to regroup, restock and prepare for the spring. Our next free workshop will be a Celtic Workshop and Jam Session on Saturday, March 15. Bring you instrument.
The Folk Store serves as our local outreach and fundraising. If you have instruments or other music related items that you no longer need, please consider donating them to The Folk Store. All proceeds benefit Folk Alliance.
That’s about all I have the energy for right now, but thanks again to everyone who made the 2014 International Folk Alliance Conference and Winter Music Camp a tremendous success.
See you on the road,
Louis Jay Meyers
Executive Director, Folk Alliance International
llouis [at] folk [dot] org