JANUARY 22-26, 2020
New Orleans





Bringing together global Indigenous music industry, culture leaders, and artists to honour tradition and forge new paths forward, The International Indigenous Music Summit is happening during Folk Alliance Internationalโ€™s 32nd conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 22nd to 26th 2020. The Summit is organized and facilitated by Indigenous artist and community leader ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume. 

The summit is a gathering of Indigenous artists, knowledge keepers, and community builders, along with key invited allies to discuss the most important issues facing the Indigenous music community. This gathering coincides with the UN's declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and is being supported in part through funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

If you are Indigenous and would like to attend the Summit stay tuned for registration information!




To attend the International Indigenous Music Summit all delegates must be registered for the Folk Alliance International Conference.

Indigenous artists and industry will receive a discounted rate of $100 USD* to attend the Folk Alliance Conferenceandthe second annual International Indigenous Music Summit in New Orleans. This is a special rate for Indigenous delegates. There will be an increasing price point as follows: October 31st 2019 at $150 USD*; onsite registration starting January 22nd 2020 at $200 USD*.

When registering you will need to use the code 2020IIMS upon checkout to receive your discount.

If you have any questions about registration please contact FAI at




We will be hosting the FAI Indigenous Voices Room private showcase room on the following nights:

Thursday January 23
Friday January 24
Saturday January 25

We will soon be sending out information on how to apply for the FAI Indigenous Voices room. Stay tuned!

There are many other private showcasing opportunities at Folk Alliance. Private showcasing opportunities are open to all summit delegates and you can find more information about these opportunities here:

Click HERE for information on how they work. 

Click HERE for list of Private Showcase Presenters.


If you are a Canadian citizen or a Canadian resident you may be eligible to apply for funding to help with travel and conference costs through the following sources. Please check all eligibility requirements before applying.

Canada Council Travel Grant

SOCAN Travel Assistance Program

FACTOR Live Performance

You may also be eligible for additional support through your local and/ or provincial arts councils. Check with their offices directly for more information on programs that support international travel and showcasing activities.



For more information please contact