Although spring has just sprung here in the Northeast, it’s 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.
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, tasty 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. 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. 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.
Coming up… NERFA partners with our friends at GoGirlsMusic to present a two-day The Ladies of the House Online Music Festival via Concert Window on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Some two-dozen artist showcases will be featured, along with a few workshops. During the summer of 2017, NERFA will again partner with several festivals in the U.S. and Canada in presenting song swap-style NERFA Presents Young Folk showcases. More information on these events will be shared here and via our listserv, the NERFA Facebook page, and the NERFA Talk group on Facebook as it becomes available.
President, NERFA Board of Directors
Here are a couple of videos from this year's conference. First is Christine Lavin's Keynote Address and the second is the Wisdom of the Elders session with Nora Guthrie, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey hosted by Sonny Ochs and Susan Forbes Hansen.