Donations, Scholarships & Giving

Tax Deductible Donations to FAI


Folk Alliance International exists to as a registered 501(c)3 federal charity (#56-1698333) to: nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Your Tax deductible donation allows us to work daily towards the charitable purpose and mission of our organization providing year-round outreach and member services, and by presenting the world's largest gathering of the folk music community.                                                                                                          

If you would like to discuss a particular initiative or donation level, an ongoing gift to FAI, or bequeathing funds please contact our Executive Director, Aengus Finnan at director [at] folk [dot] org / 816-221-3655 x.5


Donors Appreciation Wall

Visit the DONOR WALL OF THANKS to see the generous people who have contributed funds towards the ongoing operations and activity of Folk Alliance International this fiscal year.

Be proud of donating to you organization, or make a quiet anonomous contribution. Put your money to a cause in your name, or leave a gift in someone's memory or honour. Make a one time payment, or a pre-authorized monthly payemt.

Any way and any amount you contribute is appreciated!


Gene Shay Scholarship (Emerging DJ - Conference attendance)

Gene Shay is frequently referred to as the "Dean of Folk DJs." His career has spanned more than five decades on six different radio stations in the Philadelphia market, most recently at WXPN, where he did his final Sunday night folk show on February 1, 2015. Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Phil Ochs,and Tom Waits are just a few of the artists he interviewed early in their careers, a tradition that he's continued with today's best artists.

Beyond his radio work, Gene brought Bob Dylan to Philadelphia in 1963 for his debut concert, is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and co-owner of Sliced Bread Records. He was present at the creation of Folk Alliance, and he was given Folk Alliance's first Folk DJ lifetime achievement award. Above all, he has been a friend and mentor to countless artists and DJs.

In his honor, the Gene Shay Scholarship has been established to annually send a Folk DJ for the first time to the Folk Alliance International conference. The award will include complimentary registration courtesy of FAI, plus hotel accommodations and at least a portion of travel costs.


Elaine Weissman Scholarship - (First Timer conference attendance)

Since 2005, Folk Alliance has provided scholarships to over 100 conference attendees per year. FAI scholarships cover full registration only.  Conference scholarship request forms are available under the conference information button and Scholarship Fund donations are always welcome and appreciated.

The FAI scholarship program also provides a way for us to honor our longtime members that are no longer with us.  In 2012, scholarships were awarded in the names of Elaine Weissman, Utah Phillips, Victor Heyman, Phillip Davidoff, Sean LaRoche, and others.


Mike Seeger Scholarship - (Traditional artist: conference attendance)

Created in memory of Mike Seeger, a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and recipient of a 2004 Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. Mike was a teacher and traditional music enthusiast who worked tirelessly to keep people connected with the roots of folk music throughout America.

The Mike Seeger Scholarship covers the cost of transportation and provides an honorarium to bring a traditional musician or other tradition bearer to attend the FAI Conference each year to participate in panels and performances. The fund is matched by FAI through the provision of a conference registration.

Past recipents include: fiddle player/maker Violet Hensley (2009), and fiddler Paul David Smith (2010).


Dave Carter Legacy Project

The late Dave Carter began writing songs when he was six years old, but he did not enjoy national recognition until he was well into his 40¹s. Carter¹s trajectory on the national folk scene spanned four short years, from his 1998 wins at the Kerrville New Folk, Napa Valley, and Wildflower Performing Songwriting Contests to a five-week tour with Joan Baez the spring of 2002. The summer of 2002, at the height of his popularity, he died of a heart attack while on tour. He was 49 years old. 

Since 2002, Tracy Grammer (Carter's touring partner, muse, and advocate from 1996-2002) has carried the duo¹s music to audiences around the world, sharing the songs and the stories behind them with fans who may or may not have ever seen the duo play live. She has worked tirelessly to continue to bring recordings, transcriptions, and archival materials to an ever-expanding fan base, doing everything in her power to ensure that Dave Carter¹s work and life story continue to circulate through the folk world and beyond. 

The Dave Carter Legacy Project aims to raise funds to preserve, foster and promote his music for the present and for future generations.

Click here to donate to the Dave Carter Legacy Project.

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