The Annual NERFA conference includes:
2. Panel discussions,
4. Exhibit hall,
5. Formal showcase in the Manhattan Theater,
6. Quad Showcases in the Conference Center,
7. Private Showcases in designated areas with professional sound systems,
8. Guerrilla Showcases in designated hotel rooms,
9. Access to hundreds of folk musicians, agents, venues, festivals, folk DJs, business services and friends.
10. The opportunity to network with hundreds of other people involved in the folk music business.
On this website listed under the "Registration" menu (when available), you will find links to all the forms you need for conference registration, hotel reservations, showcase applications, workshop proposals, exhibit hall rental as well as answers to many questions.
Those of us who have worked on this conference since 1994 take pride in what we have accomplished, but we are also constantly striving to create an event to better serve the needs of the Folk Music community, both professional and volunteer. We have carefully examined your evaluation forms and have made changes we hope will improve an already wonderful gathering.
Those of you who have attended the conference over the past couple of years are familiar with general setup. There are many rooms available for our use, plus we are able to devote several areas of the resort to showcasing and all night jamming.
Look what you get:
There is a welcoming cocktail party with delicious hors d'oeuvres on Friday afternoon plus dinner on Friday evening, brunch and dinner on Saturday and Lunch on Sunday. All meals are buffet style with many selections from which to choose. Each serving tray is properly labeled with ingredients so you may differentiate between vegetarian and meat dishes as well as help those with food allergies. Onsite meals are part of the hotel fee and not included in the NERFA conference fee.
In past years, many of us arrived on Thursday. We had a wonderful, relaxed evening and spent some quality time together before the conference officially began. Additionally on Thursday night is a special Folk DJ Showcase where the performers are chosen and presented by Folk DJs attending the conference.This past year there were some very successful guerilla showcases on Thursday evening. There were so few of them that they were almost guaranteed a captive audience. If you plan to have a table in the exhibit hall, think you might be interested in a Friday morning Half-Day Intensive, would like to join us for a relaxing Thursday evening get together or if you have any other reason to be in your room early, it would be a good idea to plan on a Thursday evening arrival.
Driving directions will be included with your confirmation letter. If you need immediate information to make plane reservations, we suggest you check out their website. Check-in time is 4 PM and check-out time is 2 PM! However, since we have the entire place to ourselves and they are opening just for us, I have been told there should not be a problem checking in earlier than 4pm.
How to get involved?
Those working on the programming and showcase committees include members from the entire region. If you have time to serve on any committee (showcasing, programming, registration), please let us know. If you are willing to volunteer some of your time (and possibly work off some of your registration fee) to be a workshop monitor, registration check-in, badge checker, tech support, etc., please fill out the volunteer form instead of the conference registration form in the "Conference" menu. If you have friends who are involved in ANY way in the business of folk music but have not as yet joined the Folk Alliance, Please encourage them to come with you to this conference.
We are specifically focused on finding new sources for reaching out to PRESENTERS. Anyone who books talent from Private Parties to Folk Festivals, from Ski Resorts to Art Centers, from Labor Rallies to House Concerts, falls into this category. We need YOUR help in finding even more untapped markets. If you have any ideas, please contact us.