Company of Folk staff are always looking for ways to better serve folks in Illinois and the Upper Midwest.  If you have any ideas for resources that you would like to see us develop, please let us know!


Resource Websites:

Illinois Arts Council:

National Endowment for the Arts:

Local Learning Network:

Library of Congress American Folklife Center:

Midwest Folklife Festival:



Resources on Presenting Folk and Traditional Artists:

Intellectual Property and Folk, Arts and Cultural Festivals – A Practical Guide: “The Guide provides advice to people organizing folk, arts and cultural festivals, but can also be of interest to festival participants, performers and exhibitors, as well as festival visitors and the general public.”

This blog post from PBS affiliate KQED W. A. G. E. Against the Machine: Art and the Business of Gettin’ Paid details some strategies for finding the right wage or honorarium for an artist that is participating in your work or program. 

WAGE (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) also created a certification program that set standards of compensation for artists in 14 different fee areas.