2017 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists Announced

I have been attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) since the late 1990s. This annual gathering of artists, DJs, promoters, presenters and fans has been a gathering that has a profound influence on me. NERFA provides an opportunity to meet with old friends, hear “new” artists and to … → read more

Canada Increases Fees for International Artists

Canadians hoping to see non-Canadian acts at coffeehouses, bars and other venues will be seeing a reduction in the choice of artists or a dramatic spike in ticket prices. This will be due to new legislation that dramatically increases the application fees for all non-Canadian acts, raising costs to $275 … → read more

House Aims to Slash NEA Budget

The Performing Arts Alliance is reporting that the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the National Endowment for the Art’s budget, voted this morning to cut the NEA’s FY14 funding to $75 million. This cut is almost 50% less than the current enacted funding level of $146 million. … → read more

Copyright and Happy Birthday to You

MIldred and Patty Hill

Before most people blow out the candles on their birthday cake, they usually sing “Happy Birthday to You.” You know the song well. It’s sung at almost every birthday party. Variations exist in nearly every language. We’ve heard “The Happy Birthday to You” sung by all kinds of pop starts … → read more