The Sanctuary Concerts and The Folk Project are partnering with NERFA to host a New Jersey Area One-Day Mini-Conference Saturday April 5th, 2014 from 9 am to 7 pm at the home of The Sanctuary Concerts at the Presbyterian Church, 240 Southern Boulevard Chatham, NJ.
As in past NERFA One-Day Mini-Conferences, this one is designed especially to give artists, presenters, DJs, agents and others engaged in the folk music scene a small taste of what takes place during our annual conference each fall. This one-day event will feature workshops, networking, and juried artist showcases.
The NERFA New Jersey Area One-Day Mini-Conference will have two classroom periods, each featuring two concurrent workshops (scheduled not yet confirmed). Following lunch, the mini-conference will conclude with juried showcases featuring 10 acts -- each performing a 15-minute set.
A taste of some of the workshops:
- On the Griddle: Instant critique. Ever wonder how a radio music director decides which recording to add for airplay or why a presenter books one songwriter instead of another? Give us your latest CD with a post-it note indicating the cut you want evaluated. Choose carefully; we’ll only play the first 60 seconds of a tune and in rapid fire our panel of experts will put it in the inbox or reject it and tell why. Panelists include venue bookers, radio DJs, musicians, and sound engineers.
- Making Music and Money: You love making music, is making a living at it possible too? The who, what, where and why of how to make your passion into a career.
- Taking Your Coffeehouse to the Next Level: After the Open Mic: Taking Your Coffeehouse to the next level. You love the music and want to support the people who make it. You’re running a great open mic, but how do you go from there to booking national artists? Our panelist have been there done that and are willing to tell you how.
- Plus Many Moore!!
Registration forms and showcase applications are available in the "NEW JERSEY AREA" menu on the left side of the website. More details on the New Jersey Area One-Day Mini-Conference will be posted here and on our Facebook page as they become available.
NERFA is part of the larger Folk Alliance International, an association that aims to foster and promote multicultural, traditional and contemporary folk music, while strengthening and advancing organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.