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2021 Annual General Meeting

Please find below our annual general meeting from this year's online conference.  The key topics are review of the 2021 budget, event participation, planning for 2022, current information known surrounding the 2022 conference, and an introduction of the board staff and

“Crowded Table” – Lori McKenna

“Crowded Table” – Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna's 2021 Keynote address was a reflective, uplifting address that showed her appreciation for the musical community, and the lessons she's come to learn over her time as a singer, songwriter, friend, and mother. Passing on pieces of knowledge and...

Perfecting Patreon

Perfecting Patreon

This webinar features Ellis Paul, Rebecca Loebe, and James Downes (TEOA) discussing membership-based funding services like Patreon and GoFundMe, followed by a Zoom discussion amongst viewers. In this talk, we will explore what these tools have meant for all three...

NERFA 2022 Registration & Hotel Reservations Are Open!

NERFA 2022 Registration & Hotel Reservations Are Open!

We're Back! It is our pleasure to announce the 2022 conference will be held in Asbury Park, New Jersey on November 10 - 14. We miss our community and are eager to get back together under one roof. But hold on! The conference will be held under multiple roofs this year...

“Silver Linings” – Lisa Schwartz

“Silver Linings” – Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz’s keynote address at the NERFA 2021 Conference delivered an inspirational message of affirmation and appreciation to members of the music community. Speaking on the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Schwartz recounted the almost universal experience of...

“All Are Welcome” Jake Blount

“All Are Welcome” Jake Blount

Jake Blount's keynote address at the 2021 NERFA Conference was a wonderfully meditation on the evolution of folklore as the parent of all of the folk arts and what the historical context of art whose roots among marginalized peoples can teach us in a COVID and post...

Announcing 2021 Formal Showcase Artists

Announcing 2021 Formal Showcase Artists

The NERFA Staff and Board are pleased to announce the 2021 Formal Showcasing Artists! ⁠We would like to thank the 140 artists who submitted who made this a very difficult process for our wonderful judges. These 23 Artists represent corners of songwriting,...

Making the Most of Your Conference

Making the Most of Your Conference

So, you are going to your first conference? These industry professionals share their tips and tricks on how to navigate and get the most out of virtual events and will share ways to communicate during a virtual event. Attending music industry conferences is an...

NERFA Town Hall

You are invited to our live TOWN HALL discussion this Thursday at 8pm Eastern. Join us on Facebook, Youtube, or at NERFA.ORG as we have an open discussion on the state of the folk scene and the ramifications of the spreading Delta variant. We will also delve into this...

Partnership, Parenthood & Caretaking as an Artist

Partnership, Parenthood & Caretaking as an Artist

Welcome back from summer break! We’re diving right back in with a panel of three fellow music-makers offering up insights and sharing practical tools to navigate the pinnacles and pitfalls of partnership, parenting, and caretaking while performing. Join America’s Got...

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