Folk Alliance Conference 2018 – Awards and Showcases

Read about Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 2018


Folk Alliance Award Winners 2017

Official Showcase Schedule Released


The Folk Alliance International Conference runs February 4 to 8 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The event comprises a Conference, Official Showcases, Awards Show, Festival and a heap of informal jamming and collaborations.  Listening Through The Lens will be covering all of it.


Each year during the International Folk Music Awards, FAI presents three Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (IFMAs).  Named after the organization’s co-founder, the awards were created to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures, one Living, one Legacy, and one Organizational/Academic.

Past recipients include Living – David Amram, Peggy Seeger, Tom Paxton; Legacy – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Bessie Jones, Stan Rogers, Malvina Reynolds; Business/Academic – The English Folk Dance and Song Society, Folkways Records, Canadian Society for Traditional Music.

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, selected by FAI membership, are: 


During an era that witnessed the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, the tensions of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, American folk music pioneers Peter, Paul and Mary provided a voice for a generation during uncertain times.  An iconic folk music group from a historical time, Peter, Paul and Mary’s musical and social contributions span about five decades.  Click here to read FAI’s full bio.


Richie Havens (1941 – 2013) started his career in Greenwich Village, an area in New York City known for its progressive culture and social openness.  He released his official debut album, Mixed Bag, in 1966 to critical acclaim. Havens made history with a legendary three-hour performance that opened the Woodstock Festival in 1969.  Click here to read FAI’s full bio.


Founded in 1950 by American businessman Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt, Elektra Records helped spawn the growth of contemporary folk music. Initially, the record label focused primarily on folk music releasing best-selling albums from Oscar Brand, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Theodore Bikel, and Judy Collins. Click here to read FAI’s full bio.

The 2018 Awards will be held on February 14, 2018, at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City. Discount tickets are available to conference registrantsPublic tickets are also available.



FAI announced the initial list of Official Showcase artists for the 30th annual conference. Visit the official FAI site for the schedule* and full slate* of 2018 artists. (*Subject to change)

”This year’s jury-selected roster represents an exciting array of international artists representing many folk genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Indie-Folk, Latin, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters, and more.” – FAI



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