Northeast Regional Folk Alliance

- Affiliated with Folk Alliance International -



NERFA Conference Updates:


  • -->   Guerrilla Showcase Host Registration closes October 1st.

  • -->  2018 Conference Registration, Volunteer, Hotel Reservation, Community Meals, Exhibit Hall Tables, Program Book Ads and Website Banner Ads now available.  See FALL CONFERENCE menu above.

  • -->  Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase Artsts Announced. See FALL CONFERNECE -> Exhibits menu above.




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 ( 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

Pursuant to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance By-Laws, the Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. Three members will be elected to serve a three-year term beginning with the 2018 Conference this November.
Board members are legally, financially, and ethically responsible for the organization. They should always have a higher expectation of service than any other volunteer in the organization.
Additionally, board members are expected to participate in the following events:
  • 10 monthly tele-video conference calls,
  • Two annual Board retreats (Spring/Summer and pre-conference)
  • The NERFA conference itself.
The initial slate of candidates will be distributed on or about August 10. Interested individuals must be current members of Folk Alliance International and submit a current photo, a short bio describing the nominee’s qualifications and expertise (100-word limit), and a ballot statement (50-word limit). You can nominate yourself or another individual (providing that s/he is interested in serving on the board). Nominations should be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 1, 2018.
Those not selected by the nominating committee may petition their way onto the final ballot this fall by submitting ten (10) letters of recommendation from current FAI members after the initial slate of candidates is presented to the membership in August. The final slate of candidates will be sent out on or about Oct. 1, while ballots will be distributed to all voting members in the region shortly thereafter.
Ethan Scott Baird
NERFA Board of Directors

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