More than 40 of Oklahoma’s folk and roots artists will showcase their talent at the 29th annual Folk Alliance International Conference from Wednesday, February 15, through Sunday, February 19, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Rated one of the five largest music conferences in North America, the Folk Alliance International Conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network and celebrate traditional music and dance. This year’s conference programming includes official music showcases performed by Oklahoma artists Annie Oakley, John Fullbright and Wink Burcham, along with Oklahoma native Jimmy LaFave as well as the International Folk Music Awards, featuring a nomination in the Artist of the Year category for Oklahoma native Parker Millsap. The conference also offers its participating artists panel and mentor sessions, which will allow them to directly engage with today’s folk music leaders, including Mentorship Meetings, two morning sessions taking place Thursday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and Friday, February 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“We are thrilled to partner with Folk Alliance to support this year’s Mentorship Meetings, which will provide a valuable opportunity for networking as well as expertise from industry insiders and Folk Alliance board members.” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky.
In addition to the Folk Alliance International Conference and now in its fourth year, the Oklahoma Room is a four day private showcase that takes place during the conference and has continually garnered a loyal following and generated buzz amongst attendees. This year’s showcase will be in room 718 of the conference hotel. The Oklahoma Room is presented by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Horton Records, Woody Guthrie Center, Folk Salad Radio, the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, Riverbrook Animal Hospital, Marshall Brewing Company, Lambrusco’z, Integriteez and idTulsa.
“Our office is honored to also support the Oklahoma Room again, which will feature its largest roster yet with artists from across the state of Oklahoma participating,” said Sofsky.
“The community vibe between the musicians and their authenticity really shines through and makes this showcase room a special place. Our presence put a spotlight on the talent and resources in our community and reinforces our growing position as a major music & entertainment destination. With assets like the Woody Guthrie Center, Bob Dylan Archives, Cain’s Ballroom, the OKPOP Museum, The Church Studio and so much more, we hope that Tulsa is a host of this prestigious international conference in the near future,” said Horton Records President Brian Horton.
Conference attendees can sign up for the Mentorship Meetings via online or at the Info Booth. Advanced sign-up is required. For more information about the Folk Alliance International Conference and to purchase tickets to attend, visit folkalliance.org. For more information about the Oklahoma Room, visit their Facebook Page.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.