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 to  allows us to work daily towards the charitable purpose and mission of our organization by operating as an organization, providing year-round outreach and member services, and by presenting a signature networking/showcasing/professional development conference each February.                                                                                                          

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

FAI's 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).


FAI's 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.


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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