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.