[image1_left] The 19th annual international convention of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance) is coming to Memphis, Tennessee. With over 2,000 attendees, the conference offers a complete view of the business world of traditional and contemporary folk music and dance through 150 showcases drawn from every possible genre of folk, as well as films, workshops, and a networking-rich tradeshow. The business conference will be held at the Memphis Convention Center and Memphis Marriott Downtown February 22-25, 2007.
During the conference, registrants attend panels that provide useful insight for achieving success in the field of folk music and dance. Artists will perform for promoters, booking agents, and record label representatives, mingle with radio and print media, music publishers and others who make the business of folk happen.
The Folk Alliance is the largest networking organization on the continent devoted to the folk community. Their latest achievement is that Folk Alliance members can now apply for health insurance through Music Pro.
The Folk Alliance provides ever-expanding access to the vital network of those who are active and involved in the broad world of folk music and dance in North America. In addition to producing the conference event, Folk Alliance provides year-round services including a music business directory, newsletters, other classes, workshops, and regional events, and arts advocacy for the field on a regional and international basis.
Founded in 1989, Folk Alliance was created to increase awareness of the cultural importance of folk music and dance. They believe that when living cultural expressions and traditions are shared it heightens understanding of all cultures and enriches the quality of life. Folk Alliance seeks to create new and better opportunities for all those involved in the performance folk arts.
Go to www.folk.org to register or call 901/522-1170.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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