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Thanks to everyone who placed bids and donated items for FMO’s online auction. CLICK HERE to see all the items and the winning bids!

30th anniversary t-shirts

Volunteers at the 2016 conference in Ottawa sported t-shirts with a new “30 Years” logo, specially designed by Lisa Palfrey of Nexus Communications Marketing. Now you can look sharp too!

T-shirts are on sale for $15.00, or two for $25.00, with FREE shipping. There are two styles available: regular, in sizes S-2XL, and fitted, in sizes M-XL. The shirts pictured below are a small regular, and a large fitted:


Just click here to place your order. Payments by Visa, MasterCard, cheque and e-Transfer will be accepted.

Official showcase wristbands

$20 wristbands will be on sale at the Registration area of the conference each day for that evening’s official showcase, with bonus features on Friday and Saturday:

Wristband purchased on:
Purchaser entitled to attend:
Thursday FMO presents Thursday official showcase (7:30-10:45pm)
Friday Stingray Songs From the Heart showcase (2:30-4:30pm)
FMO presents Friday official showcase (7:30-10:45pm)
Saturday Indigenous showcase (2:30-4:30pm)
Ticketpro Youth showcase (2:30-4:30pm)
FMO presents Saturday official showcase (7:30-10:45pm)

FMO Export Development Program

The Export Development Program (EDP) assists folk musicians and businesses in accessing new markets in Canada and the USA by bringing more than 25 delegates (festival ADs, presenters, agents, publicists, etc.) to the FMO conference. Showcasing artists who are not part of the official showcase but are playing in a sponsored or private showcase, and who have not participated in EDP in the last two years can apply to participate in the EDP, at a cost of $35. Click here for more information.

Advertise in Conference Program

The deadline for ad reservations and artwork for the Conference Program edition of Folk Prints is September 20, 2016. All ads are printed in full colour.

Before the presentation of the 2015 FMO Conference we introduced some new Advertising Packages that proved to be a welcome addition to our ad sales portfolio. We understand that everyone is on a tight budget and saving money is paramount. We also understand that some of you need to think longer-term when it comes to marketing and promotion. With that in mind, please take a moment (preferably over a warm beverage!) to look at our new advertising packages. They will not only save you a bundle, but they have the potential to let you take care of all of your promotion through FMO for the full year with a one-time purchase.

If you choose to purchase an ad for the Conference Program, and also pre-book your ad space now for the 2017 Spring edition of Folk Prints, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase.

For more information and pricing, please click the links below:

If you have any questions or wish to book an ad, please contact Mike Large of Copperworks Consulting.

Youth Program applications being accepted now!

On June 9, 2016, Episode 260 of Folk Roots Radio featured the 2015 FMO Youth Program. Host Jan Hall interviews and plays songs by each of the 2015 youth and mentors. For more info and to apply to the 2016 Youth Program, click here.

Strat plan update 1

In the last eNews, FMO President Rachel Barreca updated members on where you can find FMO’s new 2015-2020 strategic plan, which the Board announced at the October 2015 AGM.

The five-year plan focuses FMO’s work on an overarching initiative:

Embed Inclusivity and Diversity: By everyone, in everything, everyday

and four strategies:

  1. Increase & Diversify Revenue: Strengthen existing and develop new and innovative revenue streams
  2. Expand Member Value: Deliver services year-round targeted to evolving member needs
  3. Maximize Collaboration: Create collaborative opportunities to achieve our vision
  4. Be the Advocate: Raise the profile of FMO and champion folk music

A number of FMO members have asked how they can help implement our vision of a thriving, inclusive folk music community with local and international impact and our purpose to support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry. Here’s a snapshot of how the Board and staff are implementing these strategies in the plan’s first year and what we anticipate in 2016 and beyond. If you’d like more information or are interested in volunteering to support FMO’s strategic initiatives, please be in touch with Kathy Partridge, head of FMO’s Strategic Planning Committee at

2015-2020 Strategic Initiative Completed or Underway in Fiscal 2015 Next Up
Embed Inclusivity and Diversity • Adopted FMO’s Equality Policy • Design, partner, train and measure progress on diversity, in services, positions, opportunities offered, in execution
Increase & Diversify Revenue • Maximized conference silent auction
• Implemented Board fundraising committee
• Increase private sector funding
• Research charitable options
Expand Member Value • Start expanding programming year-round • Restructure awards to elevate recognition
Maximize Collaboration • Presented FMO performer members at Ontario Scene, MEGAphono, and Union Summer • Increase co-presenting opportunities for annual conference and workshops
• Build collaboration with funding partners and Music Industry Associations
Be the Advocate • Contribute to committees (Ontario Ministry of Culture; Ottawa Music Industry Coalition)
• Support national advocacy groups
• Increase impact of Board member expertise
• Increase FMO presence in media

2015 advertising opportunities

FMO has new advertising packages that will save you a bundle and let you handle all of your promotion through FMO this year with a one-time purchase. For more info, please email Mike Large. And to read about all of the FMO conference advertising opportunities, please click here.

Spring 2015 Folk Prints

Our latest edition of Folk Prints is now available to the general public. Articles include:
• Rules of the Road – A humorous and comprehensive checklist for the touring musician by veteran troubadour Jonathan Byrd
• FMO/FMC Export Development Program – Just what is the EDP? How can/why should an artist get involved?
• Art Beat – From the Audience’s Perspective – An account of the Art Beat experience from one of the schools visited in October 2014

There are also the regular features – messages from FMO’s Board President, Alex Sinclair, and Executive Director, Alka Sharma, new member listings, etc. Be sure to check out FMO’s member festival listings – you’ll find dates and contact info for your old favourites and a few new ones, too!

Click here to view this online edition of Folk Prints, and enjoy!

New FMO member benefit

Front Row Insurance now offers discounted instrument insurance to FMO members. To get a quick online quote, click here and then choose Folk Music Ontario in the dropdown list of Music Associations. And if you call or contact Front Row, mention the discount code FMO15OFF.