NERFA Conference Updates:
- -> Crowne Plaza Hotel Suites are available now. See Article Below.
- -> Reservations for Additional Community Meals are available now. Form is now posted in the Fall Conference tab above.
- -> Guerilla Showcase Host Registration is closed!
- -> 2017 Formal and Semi-Formal Showcase Artists Named (See Articles Below.)
- -> Conference Forum Available Find roommates, Guerrilla Showcase Opportunities, Ride Sharing and more.
DEDICATIONS, DONATIONS, SPONSORSHIPS AND MORE
(or how can I get one of the hotel bigger suites?)
Those of you who were with us last year remember the Stamford Crowne Plaza has some extra spectacular rooms available for a bit more rent. A Junior Suite is an extra-large room which, in addition to the sleeping area, has a kitchenette and a sitting area with a sofa bed. An Executive Suite is a two-room suite with a separate bedroom and a large living room with a sofa bed and a dining room-kitchen combination. Last year these rooms were made available along with the standard rooms and, since there are so few of them, they were all grabbed up within 3 days.
This year we are providing the opportunity to rent these rooms to our sponsors – and that could be you!!
You can rent a Junior Suite for $154 a night and a $100 sponsorship or an Executive Suite for $194 a night plus a $200 sponsorship. In addition to your name being listed on our sponsorship page, you can dedicate your donation to a special event like a birth, anniversary, graduation, etc. or in memory of a departed love one.
If you have already rented a standard room, we can help you upgrade to one of our limited suites.
This dedication page is something our community has been asking for as a way to honor someone and give a gift of love to NERFA at the same time. We will have a special dedication section in our program book and you can, without asking for a special suite, make a smaller donation and still send a special message to someone. This page will absolutely go to bed by October 20. Do contact us immediately to be part of our maiden voyage.
OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We do have a number of other sponsorship scenarios which may interest you. These all come with a listing on our sponsorship page and an opportunity to rent one of our Junior or Executive Suites while they are still available.
|$ 500||¼ page ad in Program Book and a table in the Exhibit hall|
|$1,000||1 free registration, half page ad in program book, 1 table in exhibit hall|
|$1,500||Sponsor our Guerrilla Showcase Guide with your own ad on back cover, 2 free registrations|
|$2,000||Sponsor our Continental Breakfast, plus 2 registrations, full page ad in program book|
|$3,000||Sponsor our Welcoming Cocktail party. Plus 2 registrations, full page ad in program book|
|$5,000||Sponsor our Formal showcase staging, 2 free registrations, full page ad in program book|
Contact our office 215-546-7766 – and we can help to create your own unique sponsorship package.
NERFA is pleased to officially announce the artists/acts who will perform Formal Showcases during this year's annual Conference, slated for Nov. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT.
A large number of talented artists submitted applications, and the judges had a very difficult time choosing 14 showcase artists and 3 alternates.
NERFA’s Formal Showcase artists (listed in alphabetical order by last name or group name) are:
|Bettman & Halpin||Martin Kerr|
|Mari Black and The World Fiddle Ensemble||Kirsten Maxwell|
|The Andrew Collins Trio||David Roth|
|The Early Mays||Sloan Wainwright|
|Emma’s Revolution||Dan Weber|
|The End of America||Beth Wood|
|Rod MacDonald & Mark Dann|
Note: Alternates are automatically given a Semi-Formal Showcase performance slot unless selected to take the place of any Formal Showcase artists who is unable to perform.
Immediately following the Formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights, conference attendees will shuffle between several rooms to enjoy juried 15-minute Semi-Formal Showcases. Artists selected by a separate jury for these newly renamed showcases (formerly known as tricentrics and quadcentrics) will be announced in late August.
Immediately following the Formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights during the 23rd Annual NERFA Conference in Stamford, CT, attendees will shuffle between four rooms to enjoy juried 15-minute Semi-Formal Showcases (formerly known as tricentrics and quadcentrics).
Artists selected from among more than 210 applicants for these newly renamed showcases are (in alphabetical order by group or last name): Clint Alphin, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Emily Barnes, Lisa Bastoni, The Beck Sisters, Bethlehem and Sad Patrick, The Black Feathers, Sophie Buskin, Meghan Cary, Shawna Caspi, Dave Curley, Dunham Shoe Factory, Friction Farm, Abbie Gardner, Vance Gilbert, Sharon Goldman, Hoot and Holler, Alice Howe, Greg Klyma, Erika Kulnys, Abigail Lapell, Rod MacDonald, Austin MacRae, Mama’s Broke, Mike McKenna Jr., Paddy Mills, Zoe Mulford, Emily Mure, Musique a bouches, No Good Sister, NUA, Piedmont Bluz, Poor Man’s Gambit, Elaine Romanelli, The Small Glories, Christine Sweeney, Robinson Treacher, Ernest Troost, Josh White Jr., and Brad Yoder Duo. Half of these artists will showcase their talents on Friday night, Nov. 10, while the other half will do so on Saturday night, Nov. 11.
Named as Alternates for the Semi-Formal showcases are Meaghan Blanchard, Gabrielle Louise, The Malvinas, Alastair Moock, and Katherine Rondeau and the Show.
Note: Dave Curley, Rod MacDonald (with Mark Dann) and Mama’s Broke were offered Semi-Formal Showcases slots having been selected as alternates for the Formal Showcases that precede them.
As previously reported, NERFA’s Formal Showcase artists (in alphabetical order) are Bettman & Halpin, Mari Black and The World Fiddle Ensemble, The Andrew Collins Trio, Elage Diouf, The Early Mays, Emma’s Revolution, The End of America, Martin Kerr, Kirsten Maxwell, David Roth, Ryanhood, Sloan Wainwright, Dan Weber, and Beth Wood.