NERFA Conference Updates:
- --> 2018 Conference Registration, Hotel Reservation, Community Meals and Exhibit Hall Tables now available. See FALL CONFERENCE menu above.
- --> Now Accepting 2018 Semi-Formal Showcase Applications. See FALL CONFERENCE->Showcases menu above. Submission Deadline is 11:59PM July 9th.
- --> Formal Showcase Applications are Closed.
Make plans now to attend the 24th annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, to be held Nov. 8-11, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. The hotel is conveniently located right off 1-95 (for those driving) and just a short train ride from New York City.
Conference registration and hotel reservation forms, along with additional information, appear under the Fall Conference tab on this website (NERFA.org). Register for the conference by Aug. 15 to take advantage of the early-bird discount ($195 for Folk Alliance International members; $255 for nonmembers). After that date, registration prices will rise incrementally, while on-site registration will be $350 and $400, respectively. Presenters, folk DJs and select others also may be eligible for additional discounts by filling out and submitting an online promotional code application that also appears in the drop-down menu.
In response to feedback from attendees, meals are no longer tied-in with the costs of a room -- resulting in significantly lower lodging costs. Communal meals, an important and much-loved feature of NERFA conferences since our inception, will still be available. Indeed, we’ve included dinner on Friday and Saturday nights with conference registration, while other meals may be purchased a la carte (separately or as a package) in advance only. An Additional Community Meal Reservations form also appears under the Fall Conference tab.
Although applications for our official juried formal showcases are now closed and those selected will be notified shortly, artists have until July 9 to apply for semi-formal showcases (formerly tricentrics and quadcentrics) that take place following the formals on Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 9 and 10. Showcase application forms and information also appear under the Fall Conference tab.
Last year, nearly 750 performing artists, presenters, promoters, folk DJs, agents and managers, and others actively engaged in the folk and acoustic music community enjoyed several jam-packed days and nights of music showcases (official, folk DJ and guerilla), song swaps and informal jam sessions, informative panel discussions and workshops, one-on-one mentoring and peer group sessions, a large trade show-like exhibit hall, communal meals, a welcoming party, and lots of informal conversation and networking. More of the same is planned for this year’s conference as we seek to help you forge connections, build community, and learn things that can help enhance and enrich your professional and personal lives. We hope you’ll join us.
Michael Kornfeld, president – NERFA board of directors
Dianne Tankle, conference director
10 monthly tele-video conference calls,
Two annual Board retreats (Spring/Summer and pre-conference)
The NERFA conference itself.