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Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West), the western regional chapter of Folk Alliance International, fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the USA: California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii, and in Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories

FAR-West’s ongoing MISSION (since 2002) is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the North American West. Our organization, open to artists, presenters and music supporters welcomes a wide variety of styles, levels and disciplines, encouraging musical and cultural diversity and excellence.

We are building a stronger folk community for all ages and we encourage you to join us as we share our performances, educational opportunities and more through:

  • Education — To increase understanding of the rich variety, artistic value, cultural and historical significance, and continuing relevance of folk music, dance and storytelling among educators, media and the general public.
  • Networking — To provide a bridge to and from folk music, dance and storytelling organizations and needed resources, and to help those organizations link with their constituencies.
  • Advocacy — To influence decision makers and resource providers on the state and local levels, insuring the growth of folk music, dance and storytelling.
  • Field Development — To support and encourage the development of new and existing grassroots folk music, dance and storytelling organizations.
  • Professional Development — To strengthen the effectiveness of folk music, dance and storytelling organizations by providing professional development opportunities.

FAR-West Vision Statement for 2021

View a document that tells about FAR-West’s History.

Click on this link to view our By-Laws

Would you like to get involved? FAR-West, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was incorporated in 2003 in California and is run entirely by volunteers. We encourage you to learn more and to get involved by contacting us.

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