May 15-19, 2019 at The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee

2019 Conference Registration and Fees

Online registration for the 2019 conference is closed. Registration will re-open on site, Wednesday May 15 at 3pm. For additional hours, see the schedule.

Register early and join FAI to save. All conference attendees must register, including scholarship award winners, official showcase artists, and FAI Regional representatives. Special rates apply to students, presenters and media, and we offer limited-time reduced rates to official showcase applicants and scholarship applicants who did not receive a scholarship. Read more below.

Important! With the change in our conference location this year, there are several items to be aware of. Please read this essential 2019 conference information.

What Does Registration Include?

Registration includes access to all conference events, including a special event on Wednesday night and dinner before official showcases on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. 

Registration does not include breakfast and lunch — these meals are available for purchase individually. Registration also does not include your hotel reservation.

Registration Cancellation Policy

If you pay for registration and are unable to attend the conference, please send us an email. If canceled 30 or more days in advance, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded; between five (5) and 30 days in advance, 75% will be refunded. Cancellations received within fewer than five days do not qualify for a refund. In the case of extenuating circumstances, the conference committee may consider exceptions to this policy on a case by case basis.

Registration Timeline

  • Nov. 1 - Nov. 30: Registration closed

  • Dec. 1 - Jan. 31: Super Early Bird rates apply

  • Feb. 1 - Mar. 31: Early Bird rates apply

  • Apr. 1 - April 30: Regular rates apply 

  • April 30: All online registration closes. Registration is available on site at the conference at the on-site rate.

Students, Media, Presenters and One Day Only

Rates do not vary by date. Online registration opens December 1.

Official Showcase Applicants

Do not register until after you’ve been notified by the committee around March 15. A reduced registration rate (equivalent to Super Early Bird rate) is available for six weeks only, from Mar. 15 to Apr. 30. After Apr. 30, normal registration rates apply.

If you apply for an official showcase, you must register as an artist. If you are selected to showcase, you and your band members must be FAI members. Accepted showcase artists with groups of three or more will register their first two members at the FAI member super early bird rate; additional members at a further reduced rate. See Official Showcase Artists - Groups with 3+ Members on this page.

Scholarship Applicants

If you apply for a scholarship and do not receive one, you may register at a reduced rate between Feb. 15 - Feb. 28. After Feb. 28, normal registration rates apply.


Registration Fees

All registration fees except One Day Only include dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Super Early Bird (Dec. 1 - Jan. 31) Official showcase applicants/artists will register at this rate between March 15 and April 15. See more on official showcase artists below.

  • FAI Member: $215

  • Non-Member: $240

Early Bird (Feb. 1 - Mar. 31)

  • FAI Member: $235

  • Non-Member: $260

Regular (Apr. 1 – Apr. 30)

  • FAI Member: $260

  • Non-Member: $285

On Site

  • FAI Member: $285

  • Non-Member: $310

Students, Media, and Presenters (Dec 1 – Apr 30) Students must be actively enrolled as of spring semester 2019. Presenters must be involved in selecting and hiring musicians. Those representing print media must be covering the conference. Limit of five registrations at this rate from any one organization: $165

Official Showcase Artists - Groups with 3+ Members First two (2) members of a group will register at $215 each (super early bird rate for FAI member). Additional members of their group will register at $150 each.

One Day Only Registration includes day’s workshops, as well as dinner, official showcases, and guerrilla showcases: $115