Although it's springtime in the Northeast, it’s also time to start thinking about and making plans for the 23rd annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in the fall. Slated for Nov. 9-12, 2017, it will again take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, where last year’s event was well received based on the responses to our post-conference surveys.

Last year, more than 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, open mics, 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 in the dining room, a welcoming party and happy hours, and lots of informal conversation and networking. More of the same is planned in 2017 as we seek to help you forge connections, build community, and learn things that can help enhance and enrich your professional and personal lives.

Applications for our official juried showcases (due by June 15 and July 16, respectively) are posted under the Annual Four-Day Conference Menu that appears elsewhere on this page, as are program proposal forms for those of you who are interested in suggesting and/or participating in workshops and panel discussions.  Look to the right side of your screen under Annual Four-Day Conference Menu if using a computer or laptop, or scroll down if using a smartphone or tablet.

More information about the 2017 conference, along with registration and other forms, will be posted in coming weeks and months. So too will information about other activities in which NERFA will be involved prior to November – including our partnerships with several music festivals in the U.S. and Canada in presenting NERFA Presents Young Folk showcases.

The NERFA board of directors is engaged in ongoing efforts to make NERFA more of a year-round organization in order to best meet the needs and serve the interests of Folk Alliance International members from the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC to the provinces of eastern Canada. The Ladies in the House Online Music Festival that was co-presented by NERFA and GoGirlsMusic via ConcertWindow, April 22-23, is an example of this.

Thanks to all the artists who showcased their talents and conducted workshops during The Ladies in the House festival. Special thanks to GoGirlsMusic co-executive directors Rorie Kelly and Delia Stanley and to my NERFA board colleagues Cheryl Prashker, Jessica Wrubel and Kathy Sands-Boehmer for all of their efforts in organizing and helping to promote this wonderful online event. Thanks also to Joltin’ Joe Pszonek for playing songs by most of the artists who performed on Radio Nowhere Internet Radio immediately following the festival’s last showcase.

We welcome your ideas and your participation and encourage you to also check the NERFA Facebook page and the NERFA Talk group on Facebook for updates on the NERFA conference and other activities with which your organization will be engaged this year.

Michael Kornfeld
President – NERFA Board of Directors