Attend FAR-West Annual Music Conference

FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region West), the western regional chapter of Folk Alliance International, will celebrate its 20th music conference and its first in-person conference in four years, October 12-15, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.

This gathering of the folk and acoustic roots music industry and community, FAR-West regional conference promotes a diverse mix of traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing art in the west. Register here.

Over three days, daily programming sessions will feature a variety of tracks that allow conference-goers the opportunity to connect, learn, discover, and reflect; view the full agenda here.

The 2023 Spirit of Community theme is designed to focus on deepening creative connections  and professional development. The conference brings together dedicated professionals and hobbyists across the independent Americana and folk roots ecosystem of presenters, performers, promoters and more. The conference will explore sustainable musicianship practices and career opportunities in the post-pandemic independent music industry. Together, the conference will explore the sustainability of the folk genre, and business and career opportunities in an ever-changing music industry. 

The traditional Venue’s Choice kickoff concert is slated for Thursday, October 12 at 7pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Warner Center Marriott. Each year, FAR-West chooses top venues dedicated to presenting quality acoustic music and musical diversity in our region. In turn, each venue host selects artists that epitomize the music that the venues regularly present. This results in a thrilling night of music, making it one of the highlights of the whole weekend.

Venue’s Choice Concert: The lineup includes Hattie Craven & Jessica Malone; Belle Plaine; Joselyn & Don; Alice Howe & Freebo; I See Hawks in L.A; open to the public, tickets are available here.

Official Showcases: Over two evenings – Friday, October 13 and Saturday October 14 – FAR-West features  12 official showcase artists. Artists to be announced soon.

More information is here.