NERFA has been buzzing with activity in 2014. We have just completed a very successful One-Day Mini-Conference in Chatham, NJ. We wish to thank all the wonderful volunteers from the Folk Project and The Sanctuary Concerts whose contributions helped make this day a most worthwhile experience.
Another innovative One-Day event coming up in late summer - SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance) and NERFA will be co-sponsoring a joint One-Day Mini-Conference on Saturday September 6th in Charlottesville, VA. Showcase applications and Conference registration forms are available now under the REGIONAL ONE-DAY CONFERENCES menu section in the left-habd column. See Michael Kornfeld's article below.
Mark your calendar – November 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014 – NERFA’s 20th Anniversary Conference. More information coming soon on how we will be acknowledging this milestone. Formal and Quad Showcase Applications are available now in the left-hand ANNUAL FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE MENU in the left-hand column.
NERFA is pleased to announce the Formal Showcase Artists for the 2014 Annual NERFA Conference in November. Artists selected in alphabetical order are:
Burning Bridget Cleary
The Don Juans
Tim Grimm Band
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
No Fuss and Feathers Road Show
Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
At NERFA, there is a second tier of juried showcases which are called”The Quads” As the name implies, these are four showcase rooms operating simultaneously. We do not permit anything else to be scheduled at the same time as either the Formal or Quad showcases. Although the deadline to submit your material for a Quad showcase, was Monday, July 7th, there are still numerous other showcase opportunities throughout the four day event.
Two regional chapters of Folk Alliance International have slated a first-of-its-kind inter-regional one-day mini-conference. The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) will hold the event at Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Designed especially to give artists, presenters, DJs, agents and others engaged in the business of folk music a small taste of what takes place during our respective annual four-day conferences, the day will feature workshops, panel discussions, networking, and juried artist showcases.
FORMAL AND QUAD SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
We are now accepting Formal and Quad Showcase applications. The forms are located on the left hand side of the website. Once you have submitted your form there will be directions emailed to you on how to send us your music.
Formals – Tuesday May 27th, 2014 at 11:59pm
Quads – Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 11:59pm
Formal Showcase: The juried Formal Showcase is the premier and most coveted showcase performance time slot at the NERFA conference. Only 14 performance slots are available - 7 on Friday and 7 on Saturday. Each performance slot is 15 minutes. One big advantage of winning a Formal Showcase performance slot is NOTHING else is allowed to go on during the Formal Showcase.
Quad Showcase: Immediately following the Formal Showcase on Friday and Saturday evening from 9:45 PM to 11:30 PM are the Quad Showcases. These four concurrently running showcases present our judge's selections and are held in equally sized rooms. Each performance slot is 15 minutes long. A total of 20 performance slots are available each night. Like the Formal Showcase, nothing else is allowed to go on while the Quad Showcases are in operation.