Debra Recommends Local 1000 American Federation of Musicians

Local 1000 was created by and for traveling musicians. No matter where you live in Canada or the U.S., if you tour on the folk, bluegrass and acoustic music circuit, Local 1000 is for you, working together to make things better for all traveling folk, bluegrass, blues and acoustic musicians. (Their members also include performance poets and sign language interpreters.)

You will perform under union contracts, with union power to back them up. Instruments, computers and equipment are insured for replacement value, at rates you can afford.




Debra Recommends Folk Venue List Serve

A list serve for folk venue promoters – primarily a place for them to discuss amongst themselves the issues that they face as venues.

This is NOT  a good place to promote your act – but is useful for market research.  This is a great place for a musician to lurk and find out what are the problems, needs, and desires of acoustic venue bookers.  The better to be able to solve their problems and fulfill their needs and desires – making you a more attractive act to book.

Folk Venue List-Serve

Debra Recommends FOLKDJ List Serve

FOLKDJ-L is an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio.  It is primarily a place where DJ’s post their play lists.

With over nine hundred subscribers from all corners of the earth, this can be a useful resource for finding the DJ’s who might play your music (by researching their taste and tendencies).  This is NOT a place to promote yourself.

Debra Recommends Folk Alliance International

folk, music Since 1989, the North American Folk Alliance has served as the headquarters for Folk Music and Dance. With over 2000 members worldwide and an annual conference that is one of the five largest music conferences in North America, Folk Alliance continues to grow and mature while providing a unique range of member services to the acoustic and traditional music community.

Over the years, Folk Alliance has grown to include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk world. Folk Alliance has six regional affiliates that provide the grass roots efforts in their respective markets.

Debra Russell has delivered workshops for the National Conference as well as the Regional Conferences.


FARM – Midwest Region

FAR-West – Western Region

NERFA – North Eastern Region

SERFA – Southeast Region

SWRFA – Southwest Region (Resource no longer available.)