May 10, 2006 12:40 ET

FAR-West Acoustic Music Summit in Portland to Unite Independent Musicians With Presenters, Press and Radio in the Northwest

July 22 Event to Include Networking and Showcase Opportunities

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- Folk Alliance Region - West (FAR-West) will host a gathering of the Northwest acoustic music community in Portland on July 22nd, 2006. The event will kick off with a summit meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., includes dinner, and will conclude with a juried showcase of independent Northwest acoustic musicians.

The FAR-West Acoustic Music Summit offers valuable opportunities for networking among performers, venue operators, presenters, promoters, media, DJs and radio programmers in the Northwest United States and Western Canada.

"The summit will provide information about the benefits of membership in FAR-West and its parent organization, the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance), as well as the benefits of attending the regional and national conferences held by these organizations," said Steve Dulson, president of FAR-West, who will speak at the event. "The FAR-West Acoustic Music Summit will identify areas in which on-going cooperation among members of the local music scene can be particularly beneficial."

Registration is also now open and showcase applications are being accepted through July 1, 2006 for the third annual FAR-West conference, to be held in Sacramento, Calif. Nov. 17-19, 2006.

The summit meeting and conference sessions will conclude at 5:00 pm, followed by a catered dinner. An evening of music showcasing six outstanding local acts will follow, celebrating the quality and diversity of the dynamic Northwest acoustic music scene. Showcase acts will be announced on July 1, 2006.

The FAR-West Acoustic Music Summit in Portland is open to musicians, venue operators, presenters, promoters, media, radio personnel, and anyone interested in becoming involved in the Northwest music scene. The summit meeting and discussions, dinner and evening music showcases are all covered in the registration fee of $25 in advance at $30 at the door.

Advanced reservations may be made through Mississippi Studios at (503)288-3895 or through its web site: More information is available at the FAR-West website:, or from local contacts Sara Sanders ( and Raina Rose (

The FAR-West Acoustic Music Summit in Portland is the third such meeting that FAR-West has hosted. The first was in Altadena, Calif. in 2003, followed by a second event in Berkeley in 2004. The first two FAR-West conferences were also held in southern California in 2004 and 2005.

With its vibrant acoustic music scene fueled by the Portland Folklore Society, the Portland Songwriters Association, numerous acoustic music venues and festivals such as the Pickathon and the Sisters Folk Festival, Portland is the proposed location of the 2007 FAR-West Regional Conference.

About FAR-West and the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance

FAR-West is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the goal of strengthening the west coast folk and acoustic music community and to facilitate networking with a program that includes education, interaction and outreach. Visit FAR-West on the web at

FAR-West is the Western Region affiliate of the non-profit (501(c)3) North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance.) The international Folk Alliance conference regularly draws more than 1,500 folk and acoustic musicians, presenters, promoters, radio personnel and other music business representatives from throughout North America and beyond. Historically, the regional conferences have proven the power to build, reach, and develop local folk and acoustic music communities. The next Folk Alliance conference will be held in Memphis, Tenn. in February 2007. Visit Folk Alliance on the web at

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Sara Sanders
    FAR-West Summit-Portland Coordinator
    Email Contact

    Steve Dulson
    FAR-West President
    Email Contact