Official Showcases

Official showcases take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 10:30pm and and feature artists selected by committee. Each act plays for approximately 15 minutes. Eight performers are featured each night. Showcase artists for 2019 have been announced; check out the lineup!

Applying for an Official Showcase

Applications for 2020 will open December 1, 2019.

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Before you apply for an official showcase, read the important information below.

  • Applications open December 1, 2018 and close on February 28, 2019. The application fee is $40. All applicants will be notified by March 15.

  • Applicants should wait until after March 15 to register for the conference. Between March 15 and April 30, applicants and their band members can register at a reduced rate (equivalent to the Super Early Bird rate). After April 30, normal registration rates apply.

  • If you are selected for a showcase, you and your band members must register for the conference and be current FAI members.

  • The application form requires links to three (3) live video performances.

  • After you submit your application form, stay on this page to submit the required files, then pay the fee. See instructions below.

  • Official showcase performers from the previous two consecutive years are not considered.

  • Incomplete submissions are not considered.

  • If you distribute materials promoting your performance at the conference, you are responsible for collecting these materials from common areas/tables and disposing of them at the end of the conference.

How are entries judged?

Our official showcase committee judges consider several criteria when reviewing submitted video performances:

  • Musicianship

  • Stage presence

  • Vocal quality

  • Music diversity (solo acts/duos/bands; female and male acts; diverse music sub-genres within folk community)

  • Songwriting quality (if applicable, i.e. not traditional covers)

Each judge considers the entries and scores the artist on a scale of 1-10. The average of all judges’ scores determines the artist’s final score. Top-scoring artists are invited to showcase.