Folk Alliance Announces 2014 Keynote Speaker Graham Nash, Welcome to Kansas City, and Application / Registration Information

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Folk Alliance International is pleased to announce the legendary Graham Nash as the first Keynote Speaker for the 2014 conference, the first of the next five conferences to be held in Kansas City, MO. Applications are open for bands/artists who wish to apply for a showcase, and early bird registration is available now!

Graham is the Keynote Speaker for the 2014 International Folk Alliance Conference

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Folk Alliance International is pleased to announce the legendary Graham Nash as the first Keynote Speaker for the 2014 conference. A founding musician of both the iconic Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Hollies, Graham has put his exceptional life to print with a candid and riveting biography entitled "Wild Tales" that will be released this September. Those who register for the Folk Alliance Conference until September 30th will be able to add the book to their order and guarantee an opportunity to meet Graham and have their book signed when they come to Kansas City for the 26th annual Folk Alliance Conference.

More About Graham Nash
Graham Nash is true modern day Renaissance man. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice - with both CSN and The Hollies. Further, he's been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twice - as a solo artist and with CSN. In 2010 Graham Nash was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 2013, he received an honorary degree from Lesley University's Art Institute of Boston. His company, Nash Editions' original IRIS 3047 digital printer lives in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his and Nash Editions' revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world. Born in the English coastal town of Blackpool, and raised in Salford, near Manchester, Nash picked up a camera before a guitar; inspired by his father, an amateur photographer. Taking pictures of his family at age eleven proved life changing for Graham, who has said, "That was the first time I realized that I could see things differently." The guitar and further watershed moments came shortly after when, at age thirteen, he decided that music was his calling.

Folk Alliance In Kansas City
Since the February 2013 finish of the 25th annual Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto, ON, Canada, Folk Alliance has been one busy organization. The office made the move to Kansas City, MO from its long standing home in Memphis, TN in April, and will be stretching it's conference legs for the next five years in the amazing two-hotel Crown Center. Connected via overhead walkway, the Westin Crown Center will house the conference, while the Sheraton Crown Center will host an all new Folk Alliance event. The office headquarters also boasts a storefront as part of the new digs, so anyone can stop in for music equipment, browse vintage instruments and folk art, or chat with some of the knowledgable staff about the conference. The International Folk Alliance Conference is an annual event that draws together musicians, educators and music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. It is an event of celebration, education, community, opportunity and entertainment. With over 2000 registrants, 200 official showcases, 100+ exhibitors, 50+ panels and workshops, and much much more, there's something to offer for everyone from fan to artist to label.

Applications are open for bands who wish to apply for a showcase, and early bird registration is available now! Hotel and travel information and discounts are also available, check out for more information on pricing, applications, and schedules.

Winter Music Camp
With lots of room to utilize in the two-hotel Crown Center, Folk Alliance has created a music camp to run alongside the annual conference, featuring some of the finest players and teachers on the planet. The camp will take place in the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel, offering beginner, intermediate and master classes in a wide range of styles and with a wide range of instruments and home recording techniques. For a quick synopsis and registration info, visit Stay tuned for more information on the Winter Music Camp soon to come!

FAI Conference attendees will have access to Winter Music Camp activities.

Please contact joelle(at)folk(dot)org for advertising opportunities for the 2014 Conference and Music Camp as well as Folk Alliance's semi-annual magazine.

Also, please take a moment to update your contact info for us:

Contact Folk Alliance:
Louis Meyers, Executive Director (Panels, Awards, Special Projects, Showcases, Sponsorship etc.) - louis(at)folk(dot)org
Joelle May (Canadian Coordination & Media, Advertising) - joelle(at)folk(dot)org
Mark Rubin (Music Camp) - mark(at)folk(dot)org
Jerod Rivers (Membership Services) - jerod(at)folk(dot)org

Folk Alliance International World Headquarters
#101, 509 Delaware St, Kansas City, MO 64015
P: 816-221-FOLK (3655)
F: 816-221-3658 fa(at)folk(dot)org

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