I am writing to invite DJs to participate in Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJs Unlocked 2022 sponsored by Art Menius Radio, happening Thursday April 28th at 6pm ET. Hosted by the inimitable and hilarious Christine Lavin, it will be a fast-paced, game-like environment that is sure to provide laughs, inspiration and an unforgettable chance for musicians and our DJ community to connect. It’s also a chance to find out more about the artists who will be attending the conference May 18-22, and start planning your showcase schedule (virtual and in person).
To join the DJ cohort for this event, please fill out this form. DJs filling out the form at https://forms.gle/Wo8wzeZFNvnBYVva9 will be registered directly for the Zoom event and receive a list of artist submissions and contact information.
How does it work?
Up to 50 artists (who have registered for the 2022 conference and submitted their names/recordings in advance) are randomly selected IN REAL TIME to give a one-minute LIVE pitch to everyone in attendance during this hour-long session. Artists who are not selected will have the information they submit passed along to all registered DJs AFTER the event has happened.
About Art Menius
Art Menius received both the B.A. (1977 with honors) and M.A. (1982) in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following three and one-half years as an Interpretations Specialist for research at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Menius entered the music field as a writer and production assistant for the Nashville Network bluegrass and old-time music series, “Fire on the Mountain.” In September 1983 he began publishing reviews and features about roots music for publications ranging from Bluegrass Unlimited to the [Raleigh] News & Observer. Other adventures along the way have included editing and desktop publishing books for the Forest History Society, promoting a live performance bluegrass radio series on 117 commercial stations, emceeing and stage managing at dozens of music festivals in USA and Canada, and serving as a consultant on the acclaimed film, “High Lonesome.”
During 1985 Menius helped create the International Bluegrass Music Association. Late that year he became the new trade association’s first executive director. Menius returned to IBMA’s Board of Directors for two terms running from 1998 through 2004. He served on the board of directors of the Old-Time Music Group, publishers of the Old-Time Herald, from 1991 thorough 1998, including six years as president. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Folk Alliance International.
In 1990 the North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance elected Menius the President of its first board of directors. In April 1991 he became its first manager, serving in that capacity until June 1996. Following a period as an artistic representative, Menius became Associate Festival Coordinator for MerleFest, the enormous outdoor folk festival presented by Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. Following a decade there, Menius served as Director of Appalshop, the acclaimed Appalachian media and arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky from July 2007 until March 2010. On November 2, 2011, Menius completed his work as Director of Development for Common Ground on the Hill. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Executive Director of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC before semi-retiring to freelance due to health issues.
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