August 30, 2022, Kansas City, MO – Folk Alliance International (FAI) – the foremost global nonprofit for folk music – has announced the dates and theme of its 2023 conference, in Kansas City, MO on February 1-5, 2023 with the theme Facing the Future: Sustainability in Folk Music. The Conference will also host the International Folk Music Awards on February 1.

“As we emerge from the survival mindset of the early 2020s, our attention turns to the horizon and the challenges — and opportunities — that lie ahead for our industry and community. Together we’ll explore the intersections of individual excellence and collective strength and work to understand what must be dismantled and what must be built. In this context, we’ll address the sustainability of the folk genre, careers and businesses in the music industry, and the environment that supports us,” said Jennifer Roe, FAI’s Interim Executive Director.

Stay tuned for announcements of the keynote speakers; Official Showcase artists (announcement coming September 12); International Folk Music Award nominees and honorees; and panels at the conference to come.

Registration and additional information about the conference is available online at:

For media inquiries, contact:
Nick Loss-Eaton
Nick Loss-Eaton Media 718-541-1130

Marisa Kolka
Folk Alliance International 816.221.3655 x108

About Folk Alliance International:
Folk Alliance International (FAI) was founded in 1989 to connect folk music leaders aiming to sustain the community and genre. Today FAI is the leading international voice for folk music with a network of more than 3,000 members: a worldwide community of artists, agents, managers, labels, publicists, arts administrators, venues, festivals, and concert series presenters.

From its U.S. headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, FAI produces the world’s largest conference for the folk music industry, the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs), an Artist in Residence program, the Folk ExChange market development program, the Ethno USA gathering (on behalf of JM International), community outreach, and a Finest Folk concert series.

FAI values diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, strives to ensure gender parity in all its programming, celebrates multiple languages and cultures, and actively welcomes participation from marginalized, disenfranchised, and underrepresented communities.

FAI defines folk broadly as “the music of the people” (reflective of any community they are from), and programs a diverse array of sub genres including, but not limited to, Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Hip-Hop, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, Zydeco, and various fusions.

FAI Main Logo - Black