Applications for the Annual Four-Day Conference
Semi-Formal Showcase are now closed.
Immediately following the Formal Showcase on Friday and Saturday evening from 9:45 PM to 11:30 PM are the Semi-Formal Showcases. These concurrently running showcases present our judge's selections. Each performance slot is 15 minutes long. Like the Formal Showcase, nothing else is allowed to go on while the Semi-Formal Showcases are in operation.
Professional sound and production services are supplied but no recording is provided. (If you bring your own small recording device, the sound engineer will gladly connect it to the mixer board if outputs are available).
Performing folk artists - including but not limited to Appalachian, Cajun, Blues, Native American, International including Scandinavian, Celtic, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Latin, Afro-Cuban and various other forms of World Music, musicians, revivalist, traditionalist, singer-songwriters, dancers, storytellers -- all who desire to perform at venues and events in the Northeast United States and Canada are encouraged to apply to showcase for the NERFA conference.
The application process is open to everybody (except as specified below) but as with all of the showcases at NERFA, everyone appearing in the showcase must be registered for the conference and must be a member of the Folk Alliance International - either individually or via a group membership.
Any individual or group that was selected and performed in a Formal or Semi-Formal Showcase at the 2017 Annual Four-Day NERFA Conference is not eligible to apply in 2018.
Semi-Formal Showcase Application Fees:
There is an initial Semi-Formal Showcase application fee due with the submission of this form. The fee depends if you are a member in good standing with Folk Alliance International (become a member).
NOTE: We suggest you become a member of the Folk Alliance BEFORE you apply for a Formal or Semi-Formal showcase since there is a requirement that if selected, you must be a member of FAI.
Semi-Formal SHOWCASE APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
- Folk Alliance member: $15
- Non Folk Alliance member: $25
We STRONGLY recommend you become a member of FAI before you apply for a Formal or Semi-Formal showcase. If you are selected and commit to perform in a Semi-Formal Showcase, you and any performers on the stage with you, must have an up-to-date FAI membership and be registered for the entire conference. If you wait until after the selections are made to join Folk Alliance, there will be no refunds of the difference between member and non-member application or conference registration rates.
If you or your group is selected for a performance slot and you have confirmed with the NERFA office that you will perform in the showcase, you must then pay a $35 production fee. Additional post selection requirements are listed above in the "Eligibility" section.
Applications to showcase at the Annual Four-Day NERFA Conference must be submitted by
- July 15, 2018 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Judging materials and applications transmitted after this date will not be considered.
If you or your group is selected for one of the Semi-Formal Showcases, you or members of your group must become or already be a member of the Folk Alliance in order to appear in the showcase. You or members of your group must also be registered for the entire NERFA conference. These rules apply to any showcase at the NERFA conferences - from Guerrilla to Formal.
When you register for the conference, the registration fee at the time of your registration applies. NERFA does not offer retroactive registration fees. The earlier you register, the lower your registration fee will be. We hope you would want to attend the conference regardless of whether or not you are awarded a Semi-Formal Showcase.
Like the Formal showcase, the Semi-Formal showcases are protected. Nothing is permitted to run at the same time except the 3 concurrent showcase rooms.
Once you complete and submit this form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with directions on how to submit the following:
- Three (3) songs in MP3 format.
- A biography of no more than one (1) page in length in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
- Your submission should be representative of what will be presented on the NERFA Semi-Formal Showcase stage if you are selected. IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE PLEASE EXPLAIN in the reply to the submission e-mail. For Example: "This is a produced recording but I will be appearing only with a bass player if I am selected."
If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail with submission instructions within one hour after submitting your application, contact the NERFA Office immediately on (215) 546-7766.
This form covers ONLY the Semi-Formal Showcase Application. There are separate application forms for the Formal, Private, and Guerrilla Showcases. There are also separate forms for Conference Registration, Tabletop Exhibitor, Website Banner Ads, Program Book Ad and Hotel Reservations.
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